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 21 God's mission in Peru Facilitating long-term partnerships Since 2009, mission co-workers Sara Armstrong and Rusty Edmondson have worked with short-term mission teams for a long-term purpose in Peru. ey serve alongside one partner, the Iglesia Evangélica Peruana Church, to organize, coordinate and translate common goals and mutual mission priorities for visiting U.S. delegations and Peruvian partners. "We are also excited about our new partnership," Sara said. She and Rusty will collaborate with mission co-workers Jenny and Jed Koball to facilitate partnerships with Red Uniendo Manos Peru, the Presbyterian Hunger Program's Joining Hands Network partner, to address root causes of poverty and hunger. "Rusty and I will assist in facilitating advocacy work for Paz y Esperanza (PAZ), a mission partner providing humanitarian aid and advocating for victims of domestic violence, as well as the 15,000 Quechua-speaking people whose loved ones were massacred during the time of terror (1985–2003)." Sara and Rusty also are linking three U.S. church partners with years of service in the Peruvian jungle (Moyobamba) and the sierra (Ayacucho) with new member organizations working in these areas. ey are both looking forward to fruitful new work in Lima and outlying provinces. Based in Lima, Sara and Rusty work with Peruvian partners in coastal areas, in the Andes mountains and in the rainforest of the Amazon basin. Together they enjoy building cultural bridges in this nation of incredible diversity. Support Sara and Rusty in Peru. pcusa.org/donate/E200530 God's mission in Europe Teaching children to love their neighbors e Rev. Nadia Ayoub is a PC(USA) mission co-worker and early childhood education trainer in western Ukraine. Nadia has worked alongside the Hungarian Reformed Church in Carpath-Ukraine to share God's love and joy with Roma children and their families since 2010. Sharing the gospel with the Roma people and addressing discrimination, poverty and social separation are passions for Nadia and the PC(USA) partner churches. Nadia has encouraged national and international volunteers, as well as local believers, in developing relationships with neighbors in their community, which she said will help in teaching the children to read and write. "I believe teaching the very little ones about God's love for them is very essential and important in building Christ-like character," Nadia said. For many preschoolers, it is their first time to hear Bible stories, sing songs about Jesus and pray. Older children come to the Roma Mission Center in the city of Tiszabökény for after- school Bible study and social activities, to learn to read and write, and for the annual vacation Bible school. "When I came to meet with the Roma people, I could not believe the way one group of people is so segregated from the rest of the community," Nadia said. "God is faithfully showing me signs of respect between the two groups — signs of acceptance and more signs of trusting Christ and bringing glory to God." Support Nadia in Ukraine. pcusa.org/donate/E200473

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