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 13 on a short-term mission. e Archers taught them to sing in Arabic. Similarly, Atlanta Ministry with International Students (AMIS) is a transformative ecumenical "mission at our doorstep." It was started nearly 40 years ago, in March 1978, to increase the number of international students drawn to Atlanta-area colleges and universities through a ministry of hospitality and friendship linking international students with American students. My life has been transformed by founding AMIS and serving as its executive director until 2012. Initially there were 2,500 international students from 100 nations involved. Today, 30 colleges and universities in Metro Atlanta minister to 14,000 international students from more than 175 nations through AMIS. In 1955 there were approximately 35,000 international students in the U.S. Today that number has grown to more than 800,000 students representing 200 nations. is means that every five to eight years, the U.S. educates one million leaders with bachelors, masters, doctorate and other degrees. ese international students and scholars will be the future political, economic, religious and social leaders of their nations. e struggle is for each PC(USA) congregation to consider the part it will play in God's mission. Perhaps it is beginning a ministry of friendship and hospitality with international students. Maybe it involves assistance to the elderly or children. God calls each of us to mission. Sometimes that involves a Scottish doctor coming to Palestine to be a witness of Christian faith. In my case, I am a Palestinian Christian who came to the U.S. to engage in a variety of missions. We follow a rich legacy of mission workers, and we share a calling to be change agents so the gospel may transform us and transform the people with whom we work. The Rev. Dr. Fahed AbuAkel, Presbytery of Greater Atlanta, is the first Arab-American to lead a major U.S. denomination. Fahed served as moderator of the 214th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church U.S.A. (2002-03). BLESSED ARE THE PEACEMAKERS Support the work of World Mission's facilitator for peacemaking and mission partnerships in Israel and Palestine. pcusa.org/donate/E200516 The Rev. Fahed AbuAkel, front (center), founded the Atlanta Ministry with International Students (AMIS), a ministry of hospitality and friendship linking international and American students, nearly 40 years ago. God calls each of us to mission. Sometimes that involves a Scottish doctor coming to Palestine to be a witness of Christian faith. In my case, I am a Palestinian Christian who came to the U.S. to engage in a variety of missions. Atlanta Ministry with International Students

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