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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2 Spring 2017 mission co-worker JoAnn Griffith, who served in Ethiopia for more than four decades. JoAnn's enthusiasm for mission was contagious and caused Donna to reflect on her childhood dream of becoming a missionary. Donna traveled on a short-term mission to Ethiopia with JoAnn and was excited to work with the Oromo people, especially because she had learned through DNA testing that her ancestral heritage on her father's side is 99.4% from the Oromo people of Ethiopia. at trip prompted Donna to complete an online application for mission service at pcusa.org/onedoor. She attended an orientation in October 2015, initially planning to serve in God's plans and timing are different from ours. Just ask the Rev. Dr. Donna J. Sloan. Donna has packed her luggage, figuratively, more than once to answer God's call to mission—a call she has felt since she was 9 years old, growing up in Campbell, Ohio. Donna recalls that when a teacher at Campbell Christian Center asked her what she wanted to be when she grew up, she said "I want to be a missionary nurse." Now in her 70s, Donna has been commissioned by the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) to teach church history and ethics as a long-term volunteer in Malawi. It is often said that God qualifies the called rather than calling the qualified. While Donna waited for God's perfect timing to begin mission service, she earned a diploma in nursing; a bachelor's degree in sociology; master's degrees in public health, divinity and theology; and a doctorate in interdisciplinary arts and sciences that focused on the inter-relatedness of religion and health. After each accomplishment, as well as after her ordination as a minister in the late '80s, she thought, "Now I'm ready. God will send me now." Each time, however, she sensed it wasn't God's idea of the right time. roughout her careers as a registered nurse, ordained minister and college professor, Donna continued to work in New England, California and Ohio. She also cared for her aging parents for many years and taught philosophy and religious studies at Youngstown (Ohio) State University— courses she will also teach during her two-year mission as a professor at Zomba eological College in South Central Africa. Students of ZTC represent all five Church of Central Africa Presbyterian synods: Blantyre, Harare, Livingstonia, Nkhoma and Zambia spread across the countries of Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe. A few years ago Donna met retired Decades-long missionary dream begins in Malawi Tammy Warren PROVIDE SUPPORT Support Donna's mission in Malawi. pcusa.org/donate/E074870 After feeling a strong call to mission since age 9, Donna Sloan will begin service early this year as professor of church history and Christian ethics at Zomba Theological College in southeastern Malawi. Tammy Warren

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