First Presbyterian Church in Centerville will be welcoming a series of guest speakers for the next three Sundays as their pastor, the Rev. Suzanne Gorhau is out of town.
On Sunday, June 15 the Rev. Gonnar Chol will be speaking during worship services. Chol came to the United States in 1996 as a refugee from Sudan. He currently works with the Sudanese community in Des Moines and has also worked in Omaha, Neb. and Kansas City, Mo. Part of Chol’s message will be about the war in Sudan and his current ministry work.
Chol is part of the Presbytery of Des Moines, as are the other two upcoming speakers, Nancy Lister and Dr. Roberta Victor, who will be speaking Sunday, June 22 and Sunday, June 29.
Lister’s message will focus on her work around hunger and some of the programs she has worked with trying to alleviate hunger. She will talk about Joining Hands, an international initiative that seeks to address the root causes of hunger in communities around the world, including working with corporations to make sure they provide trade agreements that respect workers, communities, human rights, public health and the environment.
Dr. Victor, the final speaker, is the Director of CROSS Ministries in Des Moines and has been there since 1991. The ministry focuses on homelessness prevention and does such things as run a food pantry as well as a personal hygiene pantry. They also do a large back to school give away each year and help provide bus tokens to those in need. Dr. Victor will be sharing a message about the ministry’s efforts.