Four Open Space presentations were offered at the Presbytery Gathering on November 17.  If you were able to attend you heard firsthand about these exciting ministries that are available to you and your congregation.  If you could not attend, their information is listed below and they invite you to contact them with questions or if you would like to learn more.

Southeast Asia Partnership/ The Rev. Ron Oglesbee

Ron presented information on the joys, challenges, and promise of ministry in this region.  A special guest, Jum Awng, a recent graduate of Payap University and a current Fuller Seminary student, also shared about his life and ministry in Burma/Myanmar, and how this ministry has affected him.

If you would like to learn more, please contact Ron at [email protected] or 562-598-4333.  There are opportunities for individuals and congregations and Ron and Jum are available to visit your church!  If your congregation is already involved with a Southeast Asia ministry, please feel free to send the details to Ron so we can all work together.

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The Vizcaino Ministry/Roy V. Ketring III, Placentia Presbyterian

Roy presented information about the exciting work God is doing in the center of the Baja Peninsula in Vizcaino in the Mexican State of Baja California Sur. The ministry reaches out to the very poor that work the commercial farms located in this desert area. Approximately 240 people accepted Jesus into their heart through this ministry this past year!

There are opportunities for you and your congregation to be involved and Roy sent a special invitation for men’s groups to join in building the new church Placentia’s Men’s Group has started.  Please contact Roy if you would like more information. Roy can be reached via email at [email protected] or [email protected], or 714-307-6311 or at Placentia Presbyterian Church, 625 Shady Lane, Placentia, CA  92870.

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Missional Witness in Central & Eastern Europe/The Rev. Jane Holslag

Jane Holslag, a member of Los Ranchos and PC(USA) Mission Co-Worker supported by congregations in our presbytery for 21 years, reported on mission service at LCC International University in Klaipeda, Lithuania.  She addressed what a Christian liberal arts university in Lithuania offer students from 25 countries and what God is up to in the lives of university students from Eastern Europe. If you would like to learn more about Jane’s ministry you may contact her at [email protected] or you may read past newsletters at .  Jane will be returning to Lithuania in December but may still be reached via email.

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Healthy Congregations

Mike Conan, Jason Ko, and John McKeague led a discussion about ways churches are breaking through their plateaus and finding ways to grow again.

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