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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8 Summer 2017 Tripartite partnership: a new perspective for mission through a committee that shares ideas and organizes exchange visits for synods and congregations from these denominations. Moving forward, we need to pray hard for God's intervention to stop the civil war in South Sudan. We need to send Malawians there to observe, learn and contribute positively, but the war limits our meetings. e end of conflicts will be a breakthrough in this partnership. e war makes our South Sudanese friends lose hope at times. However, we know the One who began the good work "will bring it to completion" (Phil.1:6). We look forward to a day when all of us will meet in South Sudan as partners. We accept that God is in control and one day the war in South Sudan will end and its people will live peacefully for the glory of God. e greatest blessing has been to share the richness of Christianity. We are all unique and can learn from each other. Indeed, we are all one in Christ. We misconceived that South Sudan was dominated by Islam. To have their strong preachers during our partnership rally in Malawi was a miracle. ough Christian, they have deep understanding of Islam. ey connected well with participants in the Evangelism Rally. We hope to have them here as short- and long-term missionaries. eir testimonies and challenges were so moving. We take much for granted in Malawi. We see a lot of grace in their midst. The Rev. Moyenda Kanjerwa is deputy general secretary of the CCAP's Blantyre Synod. South Sudan partnership strengthens faith and hope Angelo Wello Agwa I n 2015, the world's youngest nation fought itself, inflicting great human suffering and displacing many people. My country has never been the same economically, socially or politically. However, hope remains for people who believe in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, for all things work for good as Paul wrote in his epistle to Romans. It takes faith and hope to live here. Also in 2015, I was honored to be part of a Pittsburgh–Malawi–South Sudan tripartite mission trip to Malawi. It was a great blessing by challenging my perspective on mission. As a Presbyterian, I considered the West, especially the U.S., as the only people who can do mission work — not us. at idea changed after those 14 days in Malawi, where I interacted with many believers and church leaders. e partnership is an eye-opener when it comes to mission work. Our South Sudanese churches must embark on mission to bring the hope of Jesus Christ to unreached people, even in this time. I learned from our Pittsburgh and Malawi partners a holistic approach to partnership and mission, unlike historical mission work that focused only on one, spiritual aspect and neglected other aspects such as physical needs for food, health and education. e partnership resulted from a vision and strong desire for mission work, especially in Africa. at vision has grown with very good fruits of cooperation, love and humility. I thank God, who used this partnership to bless Pittsburgh, Malawi and South Sudan Presbyterian Evangelical Church. It is now possible to achieve more in mission work, be it in America or Africa. We can always learn from each other in how we carry out the Great Commission or mission work. The Rev. Angelo Wello Agwa is pastor of the Presbyterian Evangelical Church in Lologo, South Sudan, near Juba. Malawi synod values new South Sudanese partner Moyenda Kanjerwa W e thank God for using former leaders of Church of Central Africa Presbyterian Blantyre Synod and Pittsburgh Presbytery. We have "come of age" as one of the oldest existing partnerships of PC(USA). We are true to one another. When we incorporated South Sudan into our partnership it showed we are equal before God. e greatest obstacle is to welcome South Sudan and treat it as one of us, after many years of partnership with Pittsburgh Presbytery alone. e three-way relations work

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