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 21 God's mission in Peru Sharing the good news of God's love e Rev. Jed Koball and his wife, Jenny Valles Koball, PC(USA) mission co-workers in Peru, often describe their ministry as addressing root causes of hunger, poverty and injustice. "While what we do is very much about this important advocacy," Jed says, "we believe our work begins and ends with the good news of God's love in Jesus Christ that frees us and commands us to participate with God and one another in turning the world around." Jed accompanies the Joining Hands network in Peru, where Jenny serves as site coordinator of the Young Adult Volunteer (YAV) program. Building on decades of development by Presbyterians and global partners, Jed and Jenny work with partners in Peru and the U.S. to address systemic issues, including environmental contamination, land- grabbing, climate change, violence against women and equal access to education. ey take on tough challenges, like bringing to light the irresponsible activities of a U.S.- owned metals smelter in La Oroya, Peru, where 99 percent of the children had been shown to have lead poisoning. e advocacy has drawn international attention to the air pollution crisis in La Oroya and has prompted the Peruvian government to enforce its environmental laws. A significant part of Jed and Jenny's work is devoted to working with Young Adult Volunteers, who come for a year of service, and with Presbyterian mission teams, who come for a week of service. rough their work with Jed and Jenny, the YAVs and mission teams help address the injustices that the Koballs and their ministry seek to overturn. Support Jed and Jenny in Peru. pcusa.org/donate/E200447 God's mission in Cuba Giving people new hope for the future e Rev. David Cortes-Fuentes and Josey Saez Acevedo are in their second year of a four-year mission co-worker appointment, serving alongside the 15,000-member Presbyterian Reformed Church of Cuba. ey are the first Presbyterian mission co-workers sent from the United States to live and work in Cuba since the 1959 revolution led by Fidel Castro. David is professor of New Testament and Greek at the Evangelical Seminary of eology in Matanzas, Cuba. He is currently teaching Biblical hermeneutics, tutoring and mentoring seminary students, serving on faculty committees for Bible and curriculum and preaching at local churches as invited. Josey assists the Cuban church's Christian education ministries. She teaches English for theology students, facilitates a women's sharing group at the seminary, and participates in the seminary's student-faculty-staff choir. ey both lead devotions in the seminary chapel and speak as invited by Cuban Presbyterian churches and groups visiting the seminary. e seminary, founded in 1946, offers licensure and master's degree programs in theology for students seeking ordination. "Our first year has been of much listening, learning and praying," Josey says. "ese students and future pastors are amazing! We have come to respect and honor their sacrificial commitment to their faith, church, communities and vocation. It is our hope that we can justly interpret our experience to the wider church while in the U.S. on itineration from June 15 to September 3." Support David and Josey in Cuba. pcusa.org/donate/E200519

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