Mission Crossroads

FAL 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 11 African immigrant community in Albany — welcoming them to worship and to church community programs — spoke about the transformation these new members have brought to Westminster. Friends from West Africa "have enriched our lives," Lois said. A second congregation that has experienced transformation through African mission work is the First Presbyterian Church of Fairfield, Connecticut, whose involvement in Ghana began more recently. In 2016, after an exploratory visit, the congregation decided to support PC(USA) partner the Evangelical Presbyterian Church Ghana in its efforts to develop and expand a maternity clinic in the fishing and market town of Dzemeni. First Fairfield knew they couldn't take on this project alone, so they reached out to other congregations in Southern New England Presbytery to join together with them in supporting the maternity clinic. One of those congregations, Turn of the River Presbyterian Church in Stamford, Connecticut, was excited that mission in Ghana was helping bring these neighboring congregations closer together, heightening the sense that they were part of the one body of Christ. ose from First Fairfield who have traveled to Ghana also knew that only a few from the congregation would ever have the opportunity to take part in a mission trip, so they began looking for ways to include a local component of mission. Several from the church joined a Ghanaian Presbyterian congregation in the Bronx, New York, for worship and lunch last year, and in May, a contingent from that Bronx congregation worshipped with them in Fairfield. Elder Patti Law, who has been leading First Fairfield's effort to develop a partnership in Ghana, was especially touched by the joint worship on Mother's Day, knowing that the money they raise for Ghana will support the development of a church-run maternity clinic. She called it "a fabulous convergence of the theme of new life." The Rev. Josh Heikkila is Presbyterian World Mission's regional liaison for West Africa. Josh also served as a PC(USA) Young Adult Volunteer (YAV) in Ghana from 2002–03. STRENGTHEN MISSION PARTNERSHIPS IN WEST AFRICA Support the work of Josh Heikkila pcusa.org/donate/E200353 Support the work of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church Ghana pcusa.org/donate/E864106 Josh Heikkila Youth of the Kantomanto congregation of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana are introduced to the Rev. Dr. John Azumah, a Ghanaian professor at Columbia Theological Seminary, and Patti and Sib Law of First Presbyterian Church in Fairfield, Connecticut. Josh Heikkila Leaders in the Development Office of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church Ghana prepare to take Patti and Sib Law to visit a fish farming project run by the Ghanaian church.

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