We are delighted to welcome the Clarkston Refugee Ministry back to denominational support under the ministry of Pastor Melaku Solomon Tamirat. Pastor Melaku arrived in this country with his two sons in April 2019 to join his wife, Meron, after serving for 20 years as a pastor in the Reformed Evangelical Presbyterian Church in Ethiopia. When Pastor Chris Cashen left the position as leader of the Clarkston ministry in August 2020, Melaku stepped into this role in a provisional capacity. Redeemer OPC (Atlanta, GA) members recently voted to call him to this position. Pastor Melaku shares, “With the help of some volunteers from the Redeemer Church, I am trying to establish Bible studies. I plan to teach English language classes in the refugee
Pastor Ryan Cavanaugh writes, “Exciting things are happening at Mission Church! On June 6, we move into a new facility. It is at the First Presbyterian Church (PCUSA) in Merrillville. This facility is located at a major intersection, we can have signage out 24/7, use the facility (schedule permitting) whenever we wish, and it is 300 dollars cheaper a month! Please pray that this new facility will continue to help us connect into Merrillville, and for boldness, love, and courage to share the gospel and invite others to worship with us. We have had several visitors recently. Please pray for a Reformed Baptist family that has visited and is looking for a new church. New students coming to Mid-America Reformed Seminary will soon be arriving. At
Pastor Greg O’Brien shares, “Over the past six weeks there have been three suicides in local schools that have been heartbreaking to the broader community, one just two days ago. Our hearts are broken, too, and we have been driven to our knees to cry out to God, asking that the hope and power of the Gospel would be revealed to these students and staff, and that the Lord would use Christ Church Downingtown as witnesses to this end. Pray for our outreach! We have had the opportunity to serve a lonely woman in great need in the name of Christ. She has been very grateful though currently unable to join us because of physical ailments. Pray for her to embrace the true Gospel and be set free from her health and wealth understanding. We have had
Regional Home Missionary Lacy Andrews continues his preaching rotation, exhorting in Yorktown, VA; Marion, NC; and Bluffton, SC each month. He also continues to serve on the provisional sessions of Yorktown, Marion, Bluffton, Wilmington, and Neon. He gives counsel to the session of Redeemer Church in Atlanta, GA regarding the work with refugees in Clarkston. He praises the Lord for the provision of a new church location in Yorktown. Please also ask the Lord to bless the pastoral search process in Yorktown. He asks that you pray for the mission work in Bluffton as they begin the process of looking for an organizing pastor. Pray for Corey Paige as he begins a special three month internship under Lacy’s mentorship in the Marion mission work.
Pastor Ethan Bolyard writes, “The Lord has been kind to the saints at Heritage. As we wait for the completion of renovations on our new building, we continue to meet in two different places morning and evening. Recently, we lost access to our morning facility, but God provided a new location for morning worship. Thankfully, our nomadic experience does not preclude the Lord’s building His church. This month we were blessed to receive two new members into our fellowship by letter of transfer, and other visitors have expressed interest in joining as well. At the end of March we held a special congregational meeting to petition presbytery to become a particularized congregation of the OPC. Among other items, we presented the charter roll,