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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20 | Fall 2018 World Roundup God's Mission in GHANA God's Mission in TAIWAN M i c h e l l e L o r i L i t t l e T o o t s i e s P h o t o g r a p h y / A m a n d a S h e e h a n Developing leadership for promoting public health ission co-worker Ruth Brown arrived in Ghana in July to partner with the Evangelical Presbyterian Church of Ghana (EPCG). With more than 900 congregations, t he EPCG also operates agricultural programs, schools, a health clinic and a teacher-training college. Ruth supports the church with leadership development for a Community Health Evangelism (CHE) program. She is based in the vibrant and welcoming community of Saboba, capital of one of 20 districts in the northern region of Ghana, where the majority of people depend upon farming for their livelihood. Ruth has more than 30 years of public health experience, including serving with the Peace Corps and most recently as a PC(USA) food security/development specialist in the Democratic Republic of Congo. In her new call, Ruth will assist the EPCG in identifying priority concerns, as well as the skills, gifts and other resources already present within the community to address these concerns. Using CHE curricula, Ruth is working with the EPCG in establishing a sustainable, community-based coalition for health promotion and disease prevention. At CHE meetings, community groups will begin with Bible study, discussing Christians' responsibilities for all creation, particularly for our neighbors. "is Ghanaian church has voiced its concern that all people enjoy abundant life in Christ," Ruth said. "In this partnership between churches in Ghana and the U.S., I look forward to working toward this great objective." Support Ruth in Ghana: pcusa.org/donate/E200528 M Training the next generation of ministry leaders he Rev. Jonathan and Emily Seitz, mission co-workers since 2009, serve with the Presbyterian Church of Taiwan. Jonathan is a professor of theology and missiology at Taiwan Graduate School of eology in Taipei. He was born in Congo but grew up in the U.S. Emily has a background in librarianship and serves in team ministry. She often volunteers in the local school and for the last two years has been a visiting fellow at Aletheia University, a Presbyterian college in Tamsui. For nearly a decade, Jonathan has taught the next generation of Presbyterian pastors in Taiwan. "It's always moving to see students finish their studies and 'draw straws' to determine the first church where they'll serve," Jonathan said. "Many of my students are first-generation Christians," he added. "ey make great sacrifices to come to seminary. It's refreshing how deeply their faith marks every part of their life. Students organize early morning prayer sessions, pray spontaneously for those who are struggling, fast and give unsparingly of their time and energy." Jonathan and Emily will be on extended interpretation assignment through June 2019, staying at Princeton eological Seminary via their visiting scholar program. ey are eager to visit churches and plan to travel regularly throughout the Midwest, Southeast and East Coast. Email jonathan.seitz@pcusa.org to extend an invitation to visit your congregation or organization. Support Jonathan and Emily in Taiwan: pcusa.org/donate/E200383 T

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