Monthly Archives: March 2015

Jed and Jenny Koball are Returning to BSPC!

Jed and Jenny KoballWho are Jed and Jenny?  They are our mission co-workers in Peru.

This means they are PC(USA) staff; Jed serves as the Presbyterian Hunger Program’s Joining Hands in Peru facilitator, and Jenny is the site coordinator for the Young Adult Volunteer program in Peru.

For six years this church has been in personal relationship with Jed and Jenny.  They have welcomed multiple Peru Crews to Lima and companioned Broadstreeters of all ages up the steep Andes mountains.  Through their words and relationships and by faith, they challenge us to live as global citizens.  Each year Jenny and Jed travel stateside.  When Jenny decided to join BSPC and make this congregation her church home, we joyfully received her!

In December, 2014, Jed and Jenny wrote a letter about climate change.  It begins:

Every morning before the sun rises Gregorio gets out of bed and goes to his stable to collect 50 pounds of fresh cow manure. After gathering the manure he mixes it with 120 liters of water and pours the ripe concoction into his newly constructed bio-digester buried in his backyard. The bio-digester (a simple technology that is reminiscent of a giant inner tube) allows for the mixture to be converted into methane gas that then flows through plastic tubing and connects to a one-burner stove in his kitchen (as opposed to escaping into the air). Shortly after the sun rises Gregorio´s wife, Irma, lights the stove and cooks breakfast over a blue flame. “It may be a small thing,” says Gregorio, “but it is part of our contribution to stopping global warming.”

The letter continues, connecting the urgency of addressing global warming and climate change in Peru with our own stories here in the United States.  For the full text of their letter, click here.

This Sunday, come, open yourself to what Jed and Jenny have to say.  They are prophets in our midst.

Seeing the Cross During Lent

As we begin the third week of Lent, we continue to ask “where do you see the cross?” Your responses have been lovely. We have seen actual crosses found in unlikely places, like this one sent in by Jenni Betz of a cross she and her husband Andy photographed; “Andy took this photo when we were in Wales, several years ago. We keep it on our desktop and look at it often.”
The cross has been seen in architecture we see every day but possibly take for granted. Like these photos of a door and window pane sent in by Martha Campbell and Shirley Beltz.

But seeing the cross is not always so clear cut. Sometimes the beauty of nature has us stopping to see the cross. Shirley Beltz sent in this photo of her amaryllis in the window against the back drop of the snow. It’s now in bloom, but for a moment, it was a symbol of Lent.

Bill Leety saw a cross made of fallen trees at Highbanks Metro Park during a winter hike. He says, “Actually what first caught the eye was the star of the down tree stump.”

As this Lenten season continues, open your eyes to see the many unintentional displays of the cross that are present in our daily lives.

After you take a photo, print or email it to Nicole Denman. For all the photos that have been submitted, check out our Facebook Album.

-Amy, Ann, and Brittany