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 | 21 God's Mission in GERMANY God's Mission in DOMINICAN REPUBLIC AND HAITI Teaching and supporting Community Health Evangelism ission co-workers Mark Hare and Jenny Bent work alongside the Dominican Evangelical Church (IED) to provide training and support for Community Health Evangelism (CHE) in IED congregations in Barahona and surrounding communities in the Dominican southwest. e success of the CHE program, which Jenny piloted with Dominican sugarcane workers living in the Batey 7 settlement in 2012, has led to the introduction of CHE in every region of the country. "CHE empowers, creating resilience in the adults and children who participate," Jenny said. "e emphasis of CHE is on people using their God-given resources to change their lives and the lives of their neighbors," Mark said. "We are energized by the Holy Spirit blowing through, transforming us as well as the people with whom we work." Although most of their work is in the Dominican Republic, Mark also travels to Haiti as opportunities arise to support and celebrate the success of Haitian farmers in growing lots of food on small areas of land. "It can be challenging," Jenny said, "to encourage people living in very difficult situations to believe that God has given them all they need. It begins by being the good neighbor — loving God, themselves and those around them, while working to make all their lives better." Support Mark and Jenny in the Dominican Republic and Haiti: pcusa.org/donate/E200356 Tammy Warren M K a t h y M e l v i n W a n d a C o f f e y M Offering hospitality and hope to Iranian refugees ission co-workers the Rev. Ryan and Alethia White provide pastoral care for Iranian and Afghan refugees in partnership with the Iranian Presbyterian Church in Berlin (IPC), where Ryan is pastor. ey work within and beyond the walls of the church to serve refugees who have fled difficult circumstances in their homelands in search of asylum and a better life. In addition to writing letters of support for asylum seekers, the Whites attend legal proceedings so the asylum seekers do not have to go alone, and seek to partner with other organizations that help with further services. Although sometimes the scope of the refugee crisis can seem overwhelming, Ryan and Alethia rejoice when IPC members share how they have been blessed by the community. Every other Tuesday a "Meeting Café" ministry brings together congregations and immigrants for conversation. e café provides a place where members of IPC and people living in a nearby refugee camp can build relationships with Germans and find connections with others. For the refugees, the café is a welcome place of respite from the monotony and stress of the refugee camps. In the midst of a difficult and chaotic period of life for many, the IPC seeks to foster a space of peace where people encounter the living and loving God through Jesus Christ. Support Ryan and Alethia in Germany: pcusa.org/donate/E200500

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