Mission Crossroads

FAL 2018

Mission Crossroads is a three-time-a-year magazine focused on worldwide work of the PC(USA). It offers news and feature stories about mission personnel, international partners and grassroots Presbyterians involved in God's mission in the world.

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Mission Crossroads | 1 S T E W A R D S H I P M A T T E R S Rosemary Mitchell Being faithful stewards Having a positive impact from the neighborhood to the world M A K E A G I F T Support mission co-workers: pcusa.org/donate/E132192 he theme of this issue of Mission Crossroads, "From the Neighborhood to the World," reminds us that our call to mission begins in our local communities and extends around the world. It is a call to proclaim God's reign through word and deed, and Presbyterians are taking this summons seriously. In places far and near, Presbyterians serve as faithful ambassadors of Christ's love, hope, abundance and peace. Just as our call to mission knows no geographical bounds, our call to stewardship also has local and global implications. To be a responsible steward is to live in a way that reflects this central conviction — everything we have belongs to God. erefore, resources with which we have been entrusted must be used to reflect God's love for all creation. In this highly connected world, how we conduct ourselves in our everyday lives affects people across the globe. As faithful stewards, we must act responsibly in the consumer choices we make. Irresponsible consumer behavior contributes to systems that rob people of their freedom and dignity and ravage the sustainability of our planet. It is sobering to think that our poor choices can support the oppression of trafficked workers in Asia or contribute to the climate change that threatens the livelihood of farmers in South America. We can negatively impact people around the world through our careless actions. How do we live responsibly in our connected world? We make responsible choices in our personal lives and work for justice on the local, national and international levels. Our church can help you on this journey. e Presbyterian Hunger Program's Enough for Everyone initiative has resources that promote lifestyle integrity, and the Office of Public Witness and the Presbyterian Ministry at the U.N. can help you voice your concerns in the halls of Congress and the international community. When it comes to financial stewardship, our connectional church enables our giving to make an impact from the neighborhood to the world. One of the best ways for congregations to address needs beyond their local communities is by participating in our denomination's Shared Giving program. rough Shared Giving, a portion of the offerings that you give to your congregation goes to support the work of mid councils and the Presbyterian Mission Agency. e difference that your giving makes stretches from your local community to every region in the world. Congregations also support the church's national and international reach by directing gifts to the sending and support of mission co-workers and other PMA ministries. Our churchwide Special Offerings present great opportunities for congregations to make a difference locally, nationally and internationally. In addition, your congregation's per capita giving supports the structure that enables our church to have an impact from the neighborhood to the world. I believe the following sentences from our church's Book of Order sum up well our call to Christian stewardship: "e disciplines of stewardship and self-offering are a grateful response to God's love for the world and self-giving in Jesus Christ. As Christians, we are called to lives of simplicity, generosity, hospitality, compassion and care for creation." May we be faithful to this call from the neighborhood to the world. Rosemary Mitchell is senior director of Mission Engagement & Support at the Presbyterian Mission Agency. Contact her at rosemary.mitchell@pcusa.org. T The earth is the Lord's and all that is in it, the world, and those who live in it; for he has founded it on the seas and established it on the rivers. (Psalm 24:1–2)

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