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International Visitors Partner with Congregations

The International Partnership Ministry Team of Pittsburgh Presbytery exists in order to help strengthen and encourage the church for faithful and fruitful discipleship in Pittsburgh Presbytery, the Synod of Blantyre, the South Sudan Presbyterian Evangelical Church and beyond.  Here is a link to more information on this ministry and mission of Pittsburgh Presbytery’s International Partnerships  https://pghpip.org/

Recently from October 11 through October 23 there were 16 Malawians https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malawi and 4 South Sudanese https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/South_Sudan  who visited Pittsburgh area congregations to share in Christian Fellowship in a variety of ways in a number of different locations.

On the final morning (October 23) 3 members of the partnership (2 from Malawi and 1 from Pittsburgh) were invited to share about the partnership between congregations on WESA-FM 90.5 (Pittsburgh’s NPR Radio station).  The show is “The Confluence” (local daily radio program, Monday thru Friday at 9 a.m.) and the part of the program segment featuring partnership friends starts about the 23:45 mark in the audio file.  Click on the link below the picture for the article and the audio file to listen too.

Illah Nourbakhsh Wants To Empower Citizens And Scientists To ‘CREATE’ Socially Conscious Tech

Carnegie Mellon University professor Illah Nourbakhsh caught the robot bug at an early age, and as the director of CMU’s CREATE Lab, he’s influencing a technologically fluent generation to harness their energy for socially meaningful innovation. He shares his journey and what he’s hoping for the years ahead.

We are thankful for those African friends who traveled to the U.S. and Pittsburgh that gave us faith and hope in how we live together as Christians separated by thousands of miles, brought closer to together through God’s love for all people.

We thank our friends at WESA 90.5 FM for their allowing the wider community to hear and learn about International Partnership between Malawi, South Sudan, and U.S. in Christian love for each other.  http://www.wesa.fm/#stream/0

 

 


Life After the Storm, a series of stories from those experiencing hurricanes!

Life After the Storm

A series of stories that have come from people who have faced some ferocious weather conditions and flooding by major storms that hit the U.S., such as Katrina, Sandy and Maria to name just a few. We also talked with people needing to evacuate their homes and leaving everything behind. Listen to the stories from Life After the Storm below ….

Here is the story of former U.S. Marine Hosea sharing about his warning to his neighbors to leave the path of the hurricane! Click on the link below …

He lived through a terrible hurricane and escaped to begin a new life. Listen to Langford on Life After the Storm by clicking on the link below …

Here is the Houston World Festival 2006 Award winning radio feature from the series Life After the Storm. It is Desiree telling her escape from a major hurricane and her family getting out before the storm hits. Click on the link below …

We pray for all those people needing to ride out Hurricane Florence and those having to evacuate leaving a lot behind and feeling helpless! We pray for all the first res ponders and officials in charge helping with efforts to save lives and keep people safe.

How can you help?

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance
Long-term aid and assistance will again be made available from Presbyterian Churches and the PCUSA https://pda.pcusa.org/situations/national/

 


“A Time for Everything” Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 Called to Ministry

Mission friends, Barry and Shelly Dawson have moved to Bonn, Germany, where Barry is now serving as the new Senior Pastor of the American Protestant Church, https://www.apcbonn.de/  an international congregation comprised of members from more than 30 nations. “It is a joy and blessing to be part of a congregation where we see the faces of the global church each week,” Barry said in a recent FB post. The Dawson’s had served in Southeast Asia (Thailand) as Mission Coordiantors for the PCUSA. Barry started his journey in ministry and mission in Beaver-Butler Presbytery. Listen as he shares about being called into ministry.

 

 

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 New International Version (NIV)  “A Time for Everything”

3 There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under the heavens:
2 a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
3 a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
4 a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,
5 a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
6 a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,
7 a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,
8 a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace.

 


Living in a Good Friday World and Looking to Easter for Hope!

The late Dr. Ken Baileyhas helped us in many ways to look at the death and the resurrection of Jesus in looking at our own and other contempo rary situations/stories that walk us through death to hope in the resurrection and life beyond this life.

Dr. Bailey out of his own living in the Middle East shared a story from the Episcopal Bishop in Tehran that just brings chills when the story  is shared of the Bishop’s son. It was a Gabriel Award winning radio spot for the Presbyterian Media Mission back in the early to mid 1980’s. You will hear the familiar voice of Steve Allen who so graciously hosted this series of stories called “Tapestry of Hope.”

Listen to Dr. Ken Bailey’s Good Friday Story by clicking on the audio button below …

From the video series “Christian Leadership in the New Testament” produced by PMM featuring Dr. Bailey and underwritten by the Synod of the Trinity, Ken helps us to reflect on suffering and the meaning it provides in life.  It can be individual or collective suffering that helps to get us to a place to learn through struggle and sacrifice as leaders.

Watch Ken Bailey share from his study of scripture and life experiences about God’s love through the struggle and suffering of life.

Have a blessed Easter, “Resurrection Sunday!” We live in a Good Friday world with the hope of Easter that opens us up once again to the grace and love of God through his son Jesus Christ.


Reflective Thoughts on Football and Life

It is my personal privilege to share this reflection on a life long Steelers’ fan … my father Howdy Hartung.

It was Thanksgiving when we got the call that our dad was close to death. So many thoughts run through your mind at the time. Lets go jump on a plane to Arizona now! Call the airlines so we can leave first thing in the AM, hospice care folk say that he has 2-3 days. The call comes before we board the plane that your dad passed away.

A flood of emotions and memories rush all through your mind and body. We said our last goodbyes in person on Father’s Day in June. Little did we know that would be the last time with him in the same space even though we talked with him a number of times by phone up until the weekend before Thanksgiving.

I missed a call on November 19 from him. He almost always ended the call with I love you when he talked with my sister Melanie, Jeff, family members, his friends, and me. It was part of his good nature to care for people. Here is a message he left on my phone that day.

My brother Jeff who works with NFL and college football teams for the helmet company Riddell had a story that comfirmed for him and our family that dad is in a good place now. The suffering with the disease Myasthenia gravis (MG) is an autoimmune disease — a disease that occurs when the immune system attacks the body’s own tissues. In MG, that attack interrupts the connection between nerve and muscle https://www.mda.org/disease/myasthenia-gravis is what eventually ended his life.
The story Jeff shares in his own words by clicking on the link below.

On this Super Bowl Weekend be super caring for those you love and other  people who you encounter in making this world a better place than you found it, my dad did!

Here is Mel Blount another Steelers’ great that both my brother and I got to work with in being born and raised in western PA.

Have a wonderful Super Bowl weekend!  Support the Souper Bowl of Caring in your church community to help end hunger.

https://souperbowl.org/welcome