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 3 Ethiopia. At orientation she learned about the teaching position in Malawi. When she learned the courses she would teach at ZTC were the same as she had taught in Ohio, she became convinced that the timing of the position in Malawi was according to God's plan. Since her retirement, Donna has been learning to play the harp—another long-time dream. She will take her harp with her to Malawi and continue lessons via Skype. Even though several decades have passed since she initially recognized God's call, Donna remains excited and expectant about mission work. She's looking forward to all God has planned. e Rev. Debbie Braaksma, Africa area coordinator, is pleased that Donna has answered God's call to mission. "She is a very special person. Her wisdom and life experiences are so needed in Malawi." The Rev. Kyung-Chik Han, a legendary Korean Presbyterian pastor and a tireless advocate for refugees and the poor, was born in North Korea in 1902. He fled to South Korea to escape persecution. Though he considered himself to be a "typical Korean pastor," Rev. Han founded more than 500 churches worldwide, expanding the Presbyterian Church's mission outreach in Asia, Africa, Europe and the Americas. In 1992, he received the Templeton Prize for Progress in Religion [about 1 million dollars], which was presented by His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, in a private ceremony at Buckingham Palace. Commenting on his prize, Rev. Han said, "I was a millionaire for less than one hour, and then I gave the check to the pastor of the Young Nak [Presbyterian] Church to help with rebuilding churches in North Korea." In 1957, after more than a quarter of a century as faithful and joyous church leaders in the Congo, Elder Isaac Kanyinda and his wife, Ngoya Esete Kanyinda—the first Christian Congolese missionaries of the Presbyterian Church in the Congo—visited the U.S. to attend the World Mission Conference at Montreat and to speak in churches. Isaac was baptized as an infant and made a personal profession of faith at age 10. His parents took him to the Rev. Dr. Motte Martin, a Presbyterian evangelist and church builder in the Congo, for a service of dedication, saying symbolically, "We are putting our child in the offering plate of God, that he may do the work of God always." Isaac grew up to teach Bible and music at the Mission Theological School in the Congo. He could often be seen at daybreak writing exercises for his classes on the chalkboard. His wife served as president of the women's auxiliary of the church and taught two hours a day in the school for students' wives, in addition to caring for their 10 children. Presbyterian missionary the Rev. Paul Seto, son of Japanese immigrants, served in the Middle East, in Syria and Lebanon, and remained at his post in Tehran—even through part of the Iranian revolution— facilitating Christian-Muslim dialogue without compromising his own faith. He found his calling in the mission field, devoting his life to crossing cultural, political and racial barriers. His 1944 interracial [Japanese-American] marriage to Genevieve Reynolds was illegal in the U.S. at the time. He was ahead of his time in many ways. His son, Ted, remarked, "For him, creation of a world in which all could feel included and cared for was what the church was about, and his life and ministry reflected that." SOUTH KOREA CONGO THE MIDDLE EAST FAREWELL TO A DEDICATED AFRICAN-AMERICAN TEACHER Retired mission co-worker Sanford Taborn passed away on November 28, 2016, at age 68 after a sudden deterioration in his health. Sanford taught English in Okinawa and Nagoya, Japan, nearly four decades, earning him the distinctions of being the first African- American Presbyterian mission worker to serve in Okinawa, and the longest serving African-American Presbyterian mission worker anywhere. He worked as a newspaper reporter in his hometown of Roanoke, Virginia, before accepting appointment to missionary service at the invitation of the United Church of Christ in Japan in 1973. Sanford served with his wife, Emiko. Together they provided a ministry of presence to Mission co-worker Sanford Taborn is survived by his wife, Emiko. introduce others to Jesus through many church and community outreach activities. He continued to serve at Kinjo Gakuin University in Nagoya, Japan, even after his missionary service ended in March 2015. Sanford's cross-cultural skills and dedication to teaching were highly regarded in Okinawa and Japan.

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