Partnerships and Bridges, Home and Abroad
Partnerships are at the heart of the Presbyterian Church and a key factor in River Road's decision to establish two congregational partnerships in the last two years. In practical terms, they link us together in a common mission, and theologically they remind us of our shared and interdependent life as members of the Body of Christ.
It is the goal of the Mission and Service Ministry to strengthen our mission outreaches through partnerships, both here and abroad, for the purpose of serving God's world in the spirit of mutual responsibility and interdependence. Our goal is to assist in building up the Body of Christ throughout the Presbyterian Church by sharing our resources and by receiving assistance and advice for our own mission here in Richmond, Virginia.
As Christians, we are all sent out into the world to be laborers for the Lord. It is only logical that we are also given partners for our mission to the world as faith communities. Just as two individuals can accomplish more together than they could separately, churches can do more with a partner.
Mission teams travel to Hortolandia, Brazil to Second Presbyterian Church of Hortolandia. Vacation Bible School, sharing our cultures and the word of the Lord, and help with the renovation of a church in the slums are important components of our mission trips to Brazil.
The International Mission Trip to our sister church, 2nd IP in Hortolandia, Brazil witnesses relationships deepening, as the partnership expresses itself in healthy new ways. There is better communication between us and a willingness from them for us to share in their work. We are more at ease with one another. This relationship-building can only happen when we meet face to face.
It is heartening to see such a difference in the children of the favela from the years before. The small group of children that we met on the discernment trip have grown physically as well as spiritually through God's Holy Spirit working through the 2nd IP church's mission at Boa Esperanca and with our help.
There are now about forty children that come each Sunday morning to Sunday School. They are having a worship service late Sunday afternoons, which is bringing in new adults as well as children.
The seeds that were planted in the discernment trip in October, 2006, are blossoming into a real presence of hope in Christ in the favela. It is also strengthening the membership of 2nd IP. When the church turns outward to help others, it is fulfilling Christ's call to make disciples of all.
The Pastor's name is Rev. Adilson Ferreira Lima.
Louisa Presbyterian Church - Louisa, Virginia
Louisa Presbyterian was organized on December 19, 1909. From that day until this, they have been actively proclaiming Jesus Christ in word and deed. This small, rural church is committed to growing its congregation under the guidance and leadership of a small, yet dedicated Session and young pastor.
The Reverend Todd McCoy accepted the calling to this small church with the fervent belief that Louisa Presbyterian Church could be a vital ministry to the people of Louisa County. His personal interest in understanding and addressing the needs of small, rural congregations will add much to the breadth of knowledge within the Presbytery on this important dimension.
We will be working diligently to build upon and strengthen our relationship with this small congregation. We are eager to discover how God will lead us in this effort.
You can reach Reverend Todd McCoy at 540-967-3207 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or you can visit the church's website at www.louisapresbyterian.org.