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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20 Fall 2017 Presbyterian World Mission brings God's global family together to address poverty, work toward reconciliation and proclaim God's saving love in Jesus Christ. W O R L D R O U N D U P | Tammy Warren God's mission in Zimbabwe Promoting public health Mission co-worker Ruth Brown has recently been reassigned to work in partnership with the Church of Central Africa Presbyterian (CCAP) Harare Synod in Zimbabwe. Her work will help to strengthen the synod's public health promotion program throughout the church's communities. Ruth has more than 30 years of public health experience, including serving with the Peace Corps and most recently as a PC(USA) food security/development specialist in the Democratic Republic of Congo. "I look forward to helping CCAP expand their current support program to people with AIDS in the communities they serve," Ruth said. "Members of the Harare Synod want their neighbors to have abundant life in Christ, and this means promoting good health. e church plans to prevent AIDS as well as tuberculosis, typhoid, cholera, malaria, heart disease, cancer and diabetes." Ruth also hopes to assist the church with maintaining income-generating operations that will not only sustain their health programs but also support and empower vulnerable populations, including widows and orphans. In this work, she will collaborate with the Uniting Presbyterian Church in Southern Africa Presbytery of Zimbabwe and the Zambia-Zimbabwe-Mozambique Mission Network. Ruth plans to arrive at her base in the capital city, Harare, this fall. e Harare Synod, one of five synods of the CCAP, has 25 congregations and many prayer house around Zimbabwe, organized into four presbyteries. Support Ruth in Zimbabwe. pcusa.org/donate/E200528 God's mission in South Korea Raising awareness, cultivating reconciliation Kurt Esslinger and Hyeyoung Lee each have dual roles as PC(USA) mission co-workers in South Korea. First, they serve as site coordinators for the Young Adult Volunteers (YAV) program, housed on the campus of Presbyterian- founded Hannam University in Daejeon, South Korea. ey mentor YAVs coming from the U.S. to South Korea and have also mentored several Korean YAVs serving in the U.S. Kurt also works with the Reconciliation and Unification Department of the National Council of Churches in Korea, which maintains a relationship with the Korean Christian Federation of North Korea and advocates for the respectful and peaceful reconciliation of the ongoing Korean conflict. Hyeyoung works with Hannam University's Global Multicultural Leadership Program, which connects Hannam students and YAVs with agencies working with immigrants in Daejeon. Young adults ages 19 to 30 come to Korea for a year of service to understand the world outside the U.S. better and to see what life is like for Koreans who are struggling against poverty, for justice in the system and for reconciliation amid a persistent conflict. YAVs take that new understanding back with them to the U.S. to share with their communities, families and friends. "Our relationship with God calls us to respond to God's grace by engaging the entirety of the world around us, helping God in the work of redemption within ourselves, within our community and within our society," Hyeyoung said. Support Kurt and Hyeyoung in South Korea. pcusa.org/donate/E200496

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