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 | 3 ere are also many congregational partnerships unrelated to a specific PC(USA) presbytery. Even here, our Presbyterian DNA for connectionalism shows itself! First Presbyterian Church of New York City, Highland Presbyterian Church of Maryville, Tennessee, and First & Franklin Presbyterian Church of Baltimore, Maryland, share a common partner in the Presbyterian-Reformed congregation of Taguasco, Cuba. At FPC/NYC, Sorrel Ann said, "by sharing logistics and costs, we are able to increase participation and bring more than just one member of our sister congregation to the U.S. We are also sharing ideas, activity plans and future projects." At another level of connectionalism, the Cuba Partners Network (CPN) connects all PC(USA) congregations, presbyteries and synods with each other, with our denominational World Mission experience, programs and resources, and with the national Synod of the Presbyterian-Reformed Church in Cuba. Begun in 2001, CPN is one of the oldest of the PC(USA)'s mission networks. For Presbyterians across the denomination, the annual meeting provides face-to-face encounters with each other and with Cuban church leaders. CPN members work together to avoid duplication of efforts; to facilitate communication with the Cuban church, with World Mission and each other; to provide a central source of resources related to Cuba and the partnerships; to call attention to the joys and concerns of partners for prayers; and to work in advocacy on behalf of the Cuban church and people. ey also have helped to fund mission co-workers to serve in Cuba. ese collaborative efforts enable us to go further and do more than is possible for any one partnership in mission to accomplish. "e network is a vehicle for executing dreams," Bryan said. "Imagine! Cuba gets hit with a hurricane and sustains huge damage. Folks together raise $52,000 to support the Cuban church's repair and reconstruction effort. I'd call that more than a random act of kindness. It's a manifestation of Presbyterian connectionalism at its best." Barbara added, "Our feeling on Long Island is: ere is always room for another at the family table. Our partnerships should be with not only the Cuban churches, but also with one another. ere is certainly enough love to circle everyone." The Rev. Dr. Jo Ella Holman has served as World Mission's regional liaison for the Caribbean since 2010. Barbara D'Andrea Members of Long Island Presbytery and the Guines congregation of Havana Presbytery give thanks.

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