Not quite two weeks ago I received an email from the Rev.Josh Heikkila, the Presbyterian Church’s regional liaison to our partner denominations in West Africa. Josh was an associate pastor at the House of Hope Presbyterian Church in St. Paul when I began to serve here in Hudson, so we have had a friendship for several years. Having served in a short term mission in Ghana almost [gulp] twenty years ago myself, I am always interested to hear what is going on in the life of the church in that area of the world.
Josh was here at First Presbyterian Church last spring, leading one of our Lent Bible studies and sharing about the state of the church and the church’s ministries, particularly in Ghana, Nigeria, and Niger. He ignited some interest among some of us who heard him about what we might do to partner with brothers and sisters in faith around the world. He also shared with us some pictures of some of our churches banners that were now hanging in churches in West African churches - - worship banners like the one you see here now.