Yesterday the Missouri Presbytery met for our Spring quarter meeting. The meeting was hosted at New City South's church in South City.
The presbytery always meets in the morning before the business meeting in the afternoon for informal instruction, fellowship, and/or prayer. Yesterday morning we heard about the work of New City South, especially their ministry to international people relocated to St. Louis.
We heard stories from a number of internationals that have been led to New City South—one from Nepal, one from Burma, one from the Congo, and another from Uganda. One Congolese man, Justin Semahoro, told the story of his flight from his village. You should read the entire story here. Here's is a portion of a documentary about Justin.
We also heard a Nepalese praise song.
Some of the members of New City prepared international food for us at lunch. It was one of the best lunches we've ever had at presbytery. I ate too much. And my wife told me this morning that I still smelled like garlic.
The business meeting went well. We examined Jon Bonker for missionn work in Bangladesh. He was a approved. We also received the Rev. Mark Kuiper into our presbytery as the new Sr. Pastor of Kirk of the Hills church. Redeemer Presbyterian in Columbia, MO, also called a new pastor—Rev. Joe Rolison. He also was received into our presbytery. And Sean Lucas was transfered to Grace Presbytery since he was called to be the new Sr. Pastor at First Presbyterian in Hattiesburg, MS.