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 Crossroads 13 to act. Finally I just kind of blurted out: "Jesus, what do you want?" "I want to live again. I haven't lived for eight years and I want to live again. I know that with the help of God and with the help of CRREDA I can live again." Tears began forming in my eyes. I felt walls being torn down inside of me, and I prayed earnestly that God would restore and pour out life — abundant and eternal life — into Jesus, that all the holes in his life, whether physical, emotional or spiritual, that prevented him from experiencing the life God desired for him might be filled with God's grace. Jesus indeed began living again. We were able to get him treatment for the infection and eventually a surgery that reversed his colostomy, but more importantly he recognized and experienced the love and acceptance that God has for him. He remained clean for several years and eventually moved to another city, where I pray he continues in recovery. After 14 years of an unplanned partnership with CRREDA, I cannot imagine ministry without them. e center has become essential to our ministries and has helped us follow Christ more fully into the suffering and joy of the world. In our Mission Education ministry, staff members at the rehab center interact with and educate thousands of our mission delegation participants about life on the border, faith and addiction, while helping them discover some of their own hidden addictions. Dick, an elder and much-respected pediatrician, shared with his church delegation and us that after a week on the border he had discovered that he himself was an addict. "I am an addict to a lifestyle that separates me from the majority of the world. And like the folks of CRREDA I am afraid to go back home and fall back into the same addiction, because while this week I have encountered a lot of suffering, I have sensed so much more profound joy and hope." But even more important than what we have been able to do together is what God is creating us to be: "a holy temple in the Lord" (Eph. 2:21), a community of folks from many sides of the borders that often divide us: rich and poor, Protestant and Catholic, young and old, conservative and progressive, persons who are in recovery from addictions and persons in denial, English-speaking and Spanish- speaking, U.S. and Mexican, celebrating God's love, God's forgiveness and God's peace and the ways in which we can work to make our world a more just place. CRREDA has become a place I want to be, a place where, as one of our delegation members said, "Jesus walks," a place of suffering and comfort, of devastation and hope, a place where I have experienced healing and transformation. Sometimes the places we do not want to be are precisely the places we need to be. The Rev. Mark Adams and his wife, Miriam Maldonado Escobar, are mission co-workers with the Presbyterian Border Ministry in Agua Prieta, Mexico. SHARE THE GOOD NEWS Help transform lives on both sides of the border. pcusa.org/donate/E200302 Trisha Maldonado Christy Bergdoerf A mosaic of broken tiles at the Center for Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation and Recuperation (CRREDA) Raul Garcia (center), current director of the Center for Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation and Recuperation (CRREDA), helps put up a peace pole with representatives of Frontera de Cristo and Café Justo at the dedication of the Café Justo y Más coffee shop.

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