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Sudanese Ministries

IT IS WINTER.

She came wearing sandals.  She needs boots.

IT IS COLD.

He has only a sweatshirt.  He needs a coat.

THEY LEFT EVERYTHING BEHIND.

They are strangers in a strange land.  They need help.  they need hope.

Sunday, January 8, the First Arabic Presbyterian Worshiping Community in Des Moines celebrated an inspiring and exciting milestone during worship with the commissioning of its leaders. The service was jointly led by CRE Ekram Kachu, members of the congregation, and the Presbytery representatives: TE Jim Koopman (Interim General Presbyter); TE Shamaine Chambers King (Windsor Heights, Windsor); RE Sandy Wagener (Ankeny); and RE Ginny Hancock (Des Moines, Central). Those who were commissioned were:  James Anaal, Magdy Kachu, Sabri Juma, Haidar Kokola, Jam Duany, Mono Ghono, and Ngor Jongbaai.


Following worship the congregation enjoyed a delicious meal of Sudanese and American food.  Jim Koopman then led the congregation in a discussion focused on visioning and planning, with members of the Presbytery's Sudanese Support Team participating.

The newly commissioned leaders of the First Arabic Church, part of the 1001 Worshiping Communities of the PC(USA), are looking forward to the future with great faith and expectations!

The First Arabic Presbyterian Worshiping Community celebrated its return to the Cottage Grove Church building with a joyous worship service last Sunday, September 11.  The congregation had been holding services at Windsor Presbyterian Church for the summer while the Cottage Grove building was being renovated, but they are now delighted to return to their “home” worship space.  The Sudanese congregation members were joined by individuals from our presbytery, along with several visitors from the new Cottage Grove Church.  Please continue to pray for our Sudanese friends as they build their congregation here in Des Moines, and as they cope with the devastating situation in their homeland.

 

SEEKING REFUGE

The history of Sudan (and South Sudan) over the last century has been one of tremendous violence and suffering. Religious and cultural differences, tribal disagreements, conflicts over oil resources and border disputes have resulted in two devastating civil wars. It is estimated that more than 2 million people were massacred, and thousands of people fled, many walking hundreds of miles to refugee camps where they lived a desperate existence of hunger and poverty.

A WELCOME IN DES MOINES

In the early 1990s the United States opened its doors to Sudanese refugees, and Iowa began welcoming them and offering services. Many came to Des Moines and were provided with housing on Kingman Boulevard. The newly arrived refugees – struggling with language, bewildered by culture shock and suffering from post-traumatic stress – made their way to the nearby Cottage Grove Presbyterian Church where they found a welcome refuge and a healing community.

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Thu Mar 23 @ 5:00PM - 07:00PM
Committee on Preparation for Ministry
Tue Apr 04 @ 8:30AM - 10:30AM
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Wed Apr 05 @12:00PM - 03:00PM
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All-Iowa Presbyterian Gathering

Friday & Saturday, June 2-3, 2017

The six Iowa presbyteries are joining together for a weekend of worship, learning, mission, and fellowship.  PCUSA Stated Clerk J. Herbert Nelson will be preaching and speaking as we celebrate our differences and share our common faith as the one Body of Christ.  Come celebrate being Presbyterian in Iowa!  Registration will be taken by each presbytery, and more information will be forthcoming soon!  Save the date for what will undoubtedly be an impacting experience.  The meeting will be hosted by Collegiate & Northminster Presbyterian Churches in Ames, Iowa.