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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Presbyterian World Mission brings God's global family together to address the root causes of poverty, work toward reconciliation and proclaim God's saving love in Jesus Christ. W O R L D R O U N D U P | Tammy Warren God's mission in South Sudan Building peace through the Prince of Peace PC(USA) mission co-worker Leisa TonieAnn Wagstaff has served in education- related mission assignments in five African countries for more than 30 years, including the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Lesotho, Zimbabwe, Cameroon and, since July 2013, in South Sudan, one of the world's most impoverished nations. Leisa serves alongside the Presbyterian Church of South Sudan (PCOSS) to address the root causes of poverty through education and peacebuilding. She made her first visit to what was then Sudan as part of a college travel-study program. "With the majority of the adult population in South Sudan having had no education due to the unrest, 70 percent of the children between ages 6 and 17 having never set foot in a classroom, only 12 percent of the teaching corps trained, and the dropout rate for girls being highest in the world according to UNICEF, there is much to be concerned with," she says. While thousands of miles separate Leisa from Presbyterians in the United States who support her ministry, Leisa assures supporters back home that they are never far from her mind. "I serve as your representative, your mission co-worker, and the embodiment of your desire to share the good news of Jesus Christ in every corner of the earth," she says. Civil unrest in South Sudan resulted in Leisa's safe evacuation in July 2016. She has since returned to continue God's mission through the ministry of education. Support Leisa in South Sudan. pcusa.org/donate/E200501 God's mission in Hong Kong, China Bringing glory to God by caring for one another and creation e Rev. Judy Chan, a PC(USA) mission co-worker, serves as executive secretary for communications for the Hong Kong Christian Council. She coordinates production of the council's ecumenical broadcasting ministry and is editor of the council's English-language publications. She also works to address refugee and asylum seeker advocacy issues through the council's refugee concern network. Hong Kong, now a special administrative region of China, retains some autonomy for the present due to its one-time status as a colony of Great Britain. Judy, who serves there at the invitation of the PC(USA), the United Church of Christ and the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), considers her work a privilege and a journey of discovery. "I thank the Lord that we can connect the body of Christ in the U.S. and Hong Kong through our stories, not only in pain and suffering, but also in the hope of forgiveness and reconciliation," she says. Churches in Hong Kong are playing a significant role in building a more compassionate and just asylum seeker and refugee system, Judy says. "ey do so by providing friendship, pastoral care, material aid, and social advocacy to this vulnerable population sorely in need of a word of grace and a sign of hope. "Whatever challenges we face, God's mission remains the same," she says. "We are to witness to God's peace, justice and compassion through the cross of our Savior Jesus Christ." Support Judy in Hong Kong, China. pcusa.org/donate/E200323 20 Spring 2017

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