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 15 Over next five years we dreamed about our life together in mission. After serving in Egypt, Juan moved back to France and worked as a social worker while I completed my seminary studies. After many years of waiting, in 2008, I was ordained to the ministry of word and sacrament, and we were married. While I served in pastoral roles in Presbyterian churches in Pennsylvania and Michigan and Juan worked as a social worker, we grew and matured as individuals and as a couple in our desires to serve others through mission. From the recent news stories of refugees and unprecedented migration around the world, my family's history and heritage and faith, combined with Juan's, re-emerged into our awareness and prompted us to move toward another ministry. We prayed whether our personal experiences of forced migration might help us to serve the very people impacted by the issues of migration and human trafficking. While our recent experience in the United States has focused on the local community and local church, we have strived to work with people who are crossing all sorts of borders and boundaries, because our families have made similar journeys. Praying at that time about what our next steps might look like, I saw that my heritage, history and faith were taking on new meaning. After preparing our application for service with World Mission through the Presbyterian Mission Agency, I learned that my uncle was ill and dying. Although his earthly days were coming to a close, I was confident that his legacy of ministry and mission could continue through my calling. My late uncle's legacy, along with my maternal family's heritage, history and faith, are the flames of faith that I am fanning into fullness with Juan and our daughter, Aurélie. is is why we accepted this calling to mission in the Philippines: We perceive God was at work in our lives and still at work in the world. Since moving to Manila in March 2016, we know that we live among people and in a place that is both familiar and completely new to both of us. With common experiences of Spanish and Japanese colonialism, we are now learning more about communism and American colonialism, among many other things. We look forward to cultivating new connections and collaborative actions with our church partners in the Philippines and in Southeast Asia. World Mission regional facilitators Cathy Chang and Juan Lopez help global partners address migration and human trafficking issues in Southeast Asia. MAKE A DIFFERENCE Support Cathy and Juan's work in Southeast Asia. pcusa.org/donate/E200533 Photo by Laurie Kraus Photo by Laurie Kraus Mission co-worker Cathy Chang tours rebuilding efforts three years after Typhoon Haiyan devastated portions of southern Philippines. The construction is being completed by Presbyterian Disaster Assistance in partnership with the United Church of Christ in the Philippines. On a recent visit to southern Philippines with staff from Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, mission co-worker Cathy Chang, regional facilitator for addressing migration and human trafficking in Southeast Asia, enjoys a lighthearted moment with a healthy pig.

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