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 19 always a minority, and I am not always the one on the lower end of the power dynamics, especially with an American passport. ese kinds of experiences have granted me eyes to see shades of gray beyond black and white—to see the Filipino man hidden in the photo, and my Chinese classmates waiting alongside while we got our photos taken. I appreciated my roommates listening to my fears and standing by my side, but most importantly, I appreciate when they too can see what I see. I'm proud to have been part of a program that values my experience and looks out for me as my roommates did, though the work is far from done. To create an inclusive space in missions will mean putting in the hard work of listening and being constantly vigilant about others' experiences beyond our own. Alyson Kung is an alumna of the Young Adult Volunteer program (Korea, 2015–16). To learn more and to apply for the YAV program, visit pcusa.org/yav. William Loder Alyson Kung (right), a Young Adult Volunteer in Korea, shares a meal with HyeonJu Yoon and other volunteers after chestnut picking. BE A YAV! ARE YOU DISCERNING GOD'S CALL? Blake Collins The Young Adult Volunteer (YAV) program—a year of service for 19- to 30-year-olds—continues to change my life. Living with my host family and partnering with local communities in Comas, Peru, through the power of presence is something that continues to transform me in my current ministry. Through the YAV program, the work of the Joining Hands Network and the support of my home congregation, I witnessed God's people inspiring, equipping and connecting with one another to address the root causes of poverty. The YAV experience—living in intentional Christian community while deepening and developing one's faith—is a phenomenal next step for young adults interested in discerning God's call in their lives. Please share this opportunity with young adults you know. The YAV year is 11 months—August thru July. If you are interested in international placement, the final date to apply is February 1, 2017. Application season will remain open for national sites until June 1. Follow @yavprogram on major social media platforms for up-to-date info and an inside look at all YAV sites. To learn more and apply, visit youngadultvolunteers.org/apply. YOUNG ADULT V O L U N T E E R S

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