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.
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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Committee on Preparation for Ministry
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Congregational Reconciliation Task Force (CRTF)
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