Rev. James Par Tap, the Moderator of the Sudan Presbyterian Evangelical Church (second to the right) with Ayad Samuel, Peter Ramadan, Pastor Peter Johnson and Pastor James Manyang

Rev. James Par Tap, the Moderator of the Sudan Presbyterian Evangelical Church (second to the right) with Ayad Samuel, Peter Ramadan, Pastor Peter Johnson and Pastor James Manyang

Dear Friends,

Our congregation is unique.  We have many members from different countries and they come from a variety of faith traditions.  I have come to appreciate these special qualities about our community of faith.  In fact, I think this is a fact that we ought to celebrate even more.

Last week, I had the chance to meet Rev. James Par Tap, the Moderator of the Sudan Presbyterian Evangelical Church.  Not only was he visiting Sudanese congregations in Cairo, but he wanted to meet me and express his gratitude for the ways in which our congregation works closely with members of the Sudanese community.  Not only was he grateful that St. Andrew’s is home to three Sudanese congregations, but he also was pleased to learn more about the programs of St. Andrew’s Refugee Services.  A photograph of the meeting’s participants is included in this website’s gallery.

As the pastor of our community, it is meaningful for me to experience how we are linked in special ways to the leadership of the Protestant church in Sudan.  It is a good example of the kind of Christian fellowship we stand for at St. Andrew’s.  We are international.  We make up many different denominations of Christianity.  We share space at St. Andrew’s.  And together, we are serving people in our community.  Thanks for being a part of this witness and ministry.

In Christ,

Pastor Peter

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