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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4 Summer 2017 which we are called to share in together, playing our part in God's purposes. How we exercise this partnership, though, is challenging. To speak of "world mission" is rather anachronistic when mission is everywhere, and all Christians and churches are called to share in it. As one mission agency puts it, partners "give according to ability, and receive according to need." From our privileged position the giving may be easy, but what about the receiving? Can we break out of our colonial legacy to recognize that our T he origins of the modern mission movement lay in the idea, as the London Missionary Society put it, "to spread the knowledge of Christ among heathen and other unenlightened nations." 1 at notion developed the whole enterprise of sending missionaries as the vehicle for spreading the good news of the gospel. It's a model that has remained largely unchanged despite the massive changes in the context of international mission over the years. Responding to some of the early changes, a movement emerged in the 19th century among mission societies in Britain and the United States that emerging churches should be self-governing, self-supporting and self-propagating. 2 However, when the Edinburgh Missionary Conference was convened in 1910, the event was still dominated by the mission agencies of European and North American churches, with their global ambitions, leading one of the few participants from the global South, V.S. Azariah, to plead for better relations between foreign missionaries and "native" Christians in his famous "give us friends" speech toward the end of the conference. By then the church was truly global, but the churches and mission agencies behind this amazing advance of Christianity were slow to recognize that the call to mission, whether influenced by the "Great Commission" (Matt. 28:19) or Apostolic commissioning (Acts 1:8), applied to their new Christian sisters and brothers, who were also called to be witnesses "to the ends of the earth." In the 20th century the idea emerged of Missio Dei — God's mission, rather than world mission, to which we are all called as partners working together. 3 Mission in this sense is God's activity in the world, Sharing together in God's mission Transformative partnership calls us to look at ourselves and the world in new ways Philip Woods The Rev. Mofid Karajilli, founder of Space for Hope, a church-initiated program of the National Evangelical Synod of Syria and Lebanon (NESSL), brings together Muslim and Christian young people and children for sports activities and friendship. Philip Woods

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