Mission Crossroads

SPR 2017

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 9 York and then a Ph.D. in Asian theater at the University of Hawaii in 1971. Vera received an honorary degree, Doctor of Humane Letters (L.L.D.) from the Interdenominational eological Center through Johnson C. Smith eological Seminary in Atlanta in 2013. From 1971 to 1984 Lee was a professor at George Mason University in Virginia, and from 1984 to 1993 he taught at the Interdenominational eological Center in Georgia. Vera served on the Board of Trustees of Johnson C. Smith eological Seminary, was the moderator of the National Black Presbyterians Women, and was president of the Greater Atlanta Presbytery's National Black Presbyterian Caucus. ey are now retired and live in northern Virginia. Michael Parker, a PC(USA) mission co-worker in Egypt, serves as the director of Graduate Studies at the Evangelical Theological Seminary in Cairo. Supreme Court ruled in their favor in a 9-0 decision that upheld an earlier federal court decision ordering the desegregation of Charlotte's schools. e landmark case launched the use of busing to desegregate schools, a practice that soon became widespread in the South. Lee earned a master's degree from Union eological Seminary in New Darius and Vera Swann flanked by family and friends at Burke Presbyterian Church in Lake Ridge, Virginia Courtesy of Darius and Vera Swann A LEGACY OF SERVICE . . . • 59 African-Americans served on mission in Liberia between 1833 and 1895. The first of these, James Temple, was appointed by the Presbytery of Philadelphia. • Medical missionary Althea Brown Edmiston's term of service in Congo—35 years—is among the longest periods ever served by any black woman missionary of the U.S. Presbyterian Church. • Frances Camille and Robert Milton Williams-Neal served in Brazil and Congo. Frances' ministry as a nurse-evangelist with expectant mothers earned her a Congolese name meaning "Mother Flower." Robert taught church history and English courses, and led worship services for congregations without pastors. • Acy Jackson, an educational missionary at a school for young boys in West Pakistan, taught many Christian and Muslim students who had never before seen an African-American. He also served several years alongside the Evangelical Presbyterian Church in Iran as a teacher and program director. • From house servant to student to teacher to missionary, at age 56 Maria Fearing's call to mission was so strong she sold her home and, paying her own expenses, traveled to the Congo where she worked tirelessly translating the Bible, promoting Christianity and helping orphans. During her ministry in the Congo for more than two decades, Maria (pronounced Ma-rye-ah) Fearing's front porch at Luebo Mission Station became a gathering place for the Congolese people.

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