Saturday, August 29, 2015

Sunday's Minute for Mission - Union Presbyterian Seminary

Union Presbyterian Seminary travel-seminar participants pose with members of the Konkomba Market congregation. The banner was created for Union Seminary by the congregation. Courtesy of Brian K. Blount
Union Presbyterian Seminary travel-seminar participants
pose with members of the Konkomba Market
congregation. The banner was created for
Union Seminary by the congregation.
In January 2014, my wife and I journeyed to Ghana with a group of students and staff as part of Union Presbyterian Seminary’s travel-seminar program. I remember particularly our group’s visit to a wonderful market in the middle of Agbogbloshie, a vast slum outside Accra. We were met by leaders of the Konkomba Market congregation of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church, Ghana. The congregation is led by a pastor who came to this impoverished area to, in Jesus’ words, “bring good news to the poor.” As we walked through the community, people called out to him, greeted him with smiles and handshakes, and welcomed us with warmth simply because we were with him. Here, in a place where so many live without material and physical comforts, he was proclaiming the Lord’s favor.
We followed him and his congregants to the small, only partially enclosed tin-roofed wooden structure that serves as their church. We sang. We danced. We praised God. Here was a people with few material blessings testifying to the good news that enriched them. Truly, this pastor and this church are anointed by the Spirit to bring good news—to be the very image of good news—and offer the reminder that, even in the most difficult of circumstances, the hope and the promise of the gospel are a cause for rejoicing.
Brian K. Blount, president and professor of New Testament, Union Presbyterian Seminary

Let us pray

Dear God, strengthen and encourage the people of the Konkomba Market congregation as they bear witness to the good news of the gospel in Agbogbloshie. May they perceive your love and feel your presence as they proclaim your favor. Amen.

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