Mission Crossroads

SUM 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 180: Transformative Mission Presbyterian World Mission celebrates 180 years of international mission service this year. In that time, we have done a 180-degree turn in how we understand our role in God's mission. Our earliest missionaries were sent to teach, preach and heal. Presbyterian mission outposts were known for these three pillars: school, church and hospital. Faithful missionaries took their understanding of what it meant to be disciples of Christ across the globe, laying the foundation for churches we now count as partners in mission. More than 94 million Christians today claim the heritage of these efforts. Two articles in this Mission Crossroads issue, on pages 2 and 4, look at the legacy of Presbyterian mission history, how it has evolved and how we will be stretched in the future. Today we engage more intentionally in a ministry of partnership, recognizing that our partners have as much to offer us as we have to offer them. We affirm humbly that the transformation of communities and lives is not a result of our mission effort but the presence of God at work in our midst. e challenge for World Mission, mission co-workers, mid councils and congregations is to find the best ways to coordinate efforts among our global partners so that we are providing a faithful and unified witness of Christ to the world at large. More than our theology has changed. In this issue of Mission Crossroads, you will also read personal stories of our Mission 180. God's mission begins with our own personal transformation. rough the illumination of the Holy Spirit, we become aware of our sinful nature and are called to repentance. rough repentance we experience forgiveness and grace in abundance. Similarly, we have been called to model a 180-degree turnabout in the ways we engage in mission partnerships with others. For Ellen Sherby and Elmer Zavala, "mission" evoked negative, paternalistic acts with which they wanted no part. After witnessing a more faithful model of mission, they underwent a 180-degree shift in their understanding and now devote their lives to cross-cultural service (see page 18). World Mission's anniversary represents much more than years on a calendar. It is a celebration of our shared calling in God's life-changing mission. is issue's Mission Toolkit (page 17) offers guidance on how we might collectively live into this calling more faithfully and effectively. After 180 years, we have some advice to offer from not only our own voice but also from the voices of our global partners. In the spirit of partnership and, indeed, friendship, we desire to be first partakers in listening and hearing new perspectives that reveal God's mission more deeply. As we celebrate this anniversary, we give thanks to God for the legacy of faithful Christians who devoted their lives to the vision of God's mission abroad. We give thanks for you who support our collective efforts today. A T T H E C R O S S R O A D S | Tamron Keith, associate director for administration Presbyterian World Mission Mission Crossroads is a Presbyterian Mission Agency publication about God's mission around the world through the PC(USA) and our church partners. EDITOR Kathy Melvin DIRECTOR OF WORLD MISSION Jose Luis Casal CONTENT MANAGER Rachel Yates PROJECT MANAGER Tammy Warren ART DIRECTOR Mark omson COPY EDITORS Karen Bosc Jennifer Cash Carolyn Yetter STAY CONNECTED To subscribe or change your mailing address, contact development.services@pcusa.org or call 800-728-7228. To request additional free copies of Mission Crossroads, email rachel.kaelin@pcusa.org or call 800-728-7228, ext. 5065. SUPPORT WORLD MISSION Give online/phone: pcusa.org/supportwm 800-728-7228 Mail checks, payable to PC(USA): Presbyterian World Mission P.O. Box 643700 Pittsburgh, PA 15264-3700 On the cover: In Malawi, a member of the Women's Guild assists partners from South Sudan and Pittsburgh in planting a mango tree to celebrate the opening of Gondwa Prayer House. Photo by Sharon Carver Mission co-workers Cobbie and Dessa Palm, left, with Gladys Malayang and Dr. Ben S. Malayang III, president of Silliman University, and Tamron Keith, right, at the regional gathering of Presbyterian World Mission in the Philippines last year

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