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 5 A t the end of the Rwandan genocide in 1994, 16 Presbyterian pastors had been killed, many had been wounded and some had fled the country. e churches that remained were empty. e president of the Presbyterian Church of Rwanda called his colleague Elisee Musemakweli to return from Belgium, where he was finishing his PhD. Together, with the help of German and Dutch partners, they restarted a two-year theological training course, with emphasis on peacebuilding and reconciliation. Musemakweli recalls a question one of the first students asked him: "You're going to teach theology, but we know that before the genocide, theology was taught in this school. We know many ministers have been involved in the genocide. Now, what kind of theology are you going to teach us?" Musemakweli used that question to train pastors in biblical principles of servant leadership, reconciliation and peacebuilding. at question helped shape the training now offered at the Protestant University of Rwanda (PUR). at initial training equipped 36 pastors to face the challenges of restoring the church. Seven of those trained in that special program are now leaders of the Presbyterian Church in Rwanda, including the president, vice president and five presbytery presidents. e ecumenical program included Anglicans, Methodists, Lutherans, Baptists and Pentecostals. Many of their leaders have been trained in this theology, too. Musemakweli left full-time teaching to lead the Presbyterian Church for 12 years as president and is now back as chancellor of PUR, continuing to shape the future of the church for servant leadership and peacebuilding. The Rev. Mary Catherine "Kay" Day, mission co-worker serving alongside the Presbyterian Church in Rwanda, helps prepare men and women for pastoral ministry by teaching English and practical theology at the Protestant University of Rwanda. Rwandans remember the genocide but forgive Peacebuilding, reconciliation and servant leadership form the heart of pastoral ministry Kay Day HELP EQUIP CHURCH LEADERS Support the ministry of mission co-worker Kay Day in Rwanda. pcusa.org/donate/E200502 Mission co-worker Kay Day with Elisee Musemakweli Kathy Melvin

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