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This Is the Wild, Wild West

01. May 2007

Columns, Congregation of the Month,


First RPC

Location: Phoenix, Ariz.

Presbytery: Pacific Coast

Organization Date: 1949

Membership: 22 communicant; 14 baptized; 15 adherents

Pastor: Jon Maginn

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Phoenix RPC has a history of worldwide evangelistic outreach. Two former members, Elder Philip Martin and his wife, Jean (who has since joined her Lord in heaven), were involved in mission work in China in the 1940s. In 1949, the emerging Communist government expelled all missionaries and began persecuting the Christians who remained. A heavily pregnant Jean discovered that her full-term unborn child was dead after they crossed the border. However, their ministry was not in vain—an underground community of Reformed Presbyterians in China still remains.

Karen Reyburn is currently involved in missionary work through the Airdrie RPC in Scotland, with M.E.T. groups (Mutual Encouragement Teams), Sunday school for young people, 6:7 and 6:20 clubs on Friday nights for kids, prayer time prior to worship, outreach to neighbors, and witnessing to co-workers. From 2001 to 2007, Karen has been blessed to be part of God’s harvest in Airdrie, from seeing scattered families in pews to seeing an average of 50 warriors engaged in prayer before the morning ...

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