Mission Crossroads

SPR 2018

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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12 Spring 2018 a wheelchair ramp. Daily work is physically demanding. On any given day, for example, it could involve crawling around in an attic when temperatures are inching toward 115 degrees, replacing a swamp cooler on the roof of a trailer in the hot Arizona sun, digging a trench or repairing a water line. YAVs bike 8 miles to work and then 8 miles home to the house where they live in intentional community. "When the YAVs arrive, many of them have never held a saw or a hammer," said Scott Coverdale, CHRPA's executive director. "You don't need skills here, just a willingness to learn and a desire to serve. We are responding to a critical need. People are in crisis and lacking resources. A week or two without water or electricity, P resbyterians do mission in partnership. For the Young Adult Volunteer (YAV) program, now celebrating its 25th recruitment season, partners are at the heart of the program's success. "YAVs are invited into communities already involved in amazing, necessary and holy works," said Blake Collins, the program's associate for recruitment and relationships. "Our church partners surround YAVs with hospitality, patience and much-needed grace on a daily basis." Blake knows firsthand. He was a Young Adult Volunteer in Lima, Peru, in 2013–14, helping to partner the Presbyterian Hunger Program's Joining Hands Network with the Evangelical Church of Peru. In his role with the YAV program, Blake is charged with spreading awareness about this transformational experience, connecting with alums and developing partnerships. "It's appealing to our work partners that YAVs are people that can engage in the issues for an entire year, not just a few weeks or for a few months, even during the tough times," said Luke Rembold, YAV site coordinator in Albuquerque. "YAVs don't shy away from the difficult issues; they embrace them," he said. Albuquerque is a first-year YAV site, where YAVs will work with partners that include the Menaul School, a faith-based, college preparatory day and boarding school for middle and high school students. Other partners will include the Heading Home Initiative, a multi-agency program dedicated to making homelessness short-lived and nonrecurring; Camino de Vida, a new church development with worship services, Bible studies and other programs for Spanish-speaking migrants; and St. Martin's HopeWorks, the state's largest provider of outreach services to assist homeless and nearly homeless people. In Tucson, a longtime YAV partner is Community Home Repair Projects of Arizona (CHRPA). Many would say this placement would be one of YAV's most challenging "hands-on" worksites. YAVs help CHRPA provide low-income, disabled and elderly people with essential home repairs, from replacing a kitchen sink to building Partnerships help YAVs become the next generation of globally aware, faithful leaders Kathy Melvin Luke Rembold PC(USA) mission co-worker and Frontera de Cristo co-director Mark Adams guides YAVs through exercises to understand border policies.

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