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Presbytery of Arkansas visits Lyon College, talks Matthew 25 initiative

Presbytery of Arkansas visits Lyon College, talks Matthew 25 initiative

The Presbytery of Arkansas visited Lyon’s campus for its annual meeting and challenged students and its members to embrace the mission of the Matthew 25 initiative.

The Presbytery, or church elders, visited the College on March 6 and 7, to hold its spring meeting and hosting workshops and worship services. Rev. Dr. Diane Moffett, the President and Executive Director of Prebysterian Mission Agency, also led a workshop on Friday. College Chaplain Rev. Margaret Alsup said they discussed the Matthew 25 initiative and how to be “a Matthew 25 church” during the visit.

According to PresbyterianMission.org, a Matthew 25 church embodies the mission of Matthew 25:31-46, which calls on church members to actively engage in the world around them. The initiative encourages churches to “act boldly and compassionately to serve people who are hungry, oppressed, imprisoned or poor.”

“We had a small group discussion on that and then talked about what that would look like on a larger scale in the church and in the world,” Alsup said.

On Saturday, Lyon students Emma Gillaspy, Allison Mundy, Geneva McCaulley, and Elizabeth Daniel shared their experiences during a service learning trip to the Mexican border with the Presbytery.

“It was well-received, and many people were moved by hearing that from a college perspective,” Alsup said. 

One church has even invited the students to do a presentation or program for its congregation.

“I hope more will grow from that,” Alsup said. “I think the students really enjoyed being able to share their experiences.”    

“It is powerful to know that our voices were heard and our experiences were shared,” McCaulley said. “The crisis at the border is a humanitarian one, and it’s always powerful to share that with others and tell our story.” 

“It was wonderful to get to share our experience with the people who shaped the person I am today,” Mundy said.