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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20 Spring 2018 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 South Sudan Working for peacebuilding and reconciliation e Revs. Shelvis and Nancy Smith-Mather, from the Presbytery of Greater Atlanta, are both alums of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)'s Young Adult Volunteer (YAV) program, serving two years as YAVs in Kenya before answering God's call to be commissioned as PC(USA) mission co-workers. ey currently serve in the ministries of education, peacebuilding and reconciliation through their work in South Sudan and in refugee camps in northern Uganda. Nancy and Shelvis work in partnership with the Presbyterian Church of South Sudan, Across, Yei Teacher Training College and RECONCILE International to strengthen schools and equip leaders to initiate sustainable peace in places of high conflict and trauma, places like South Sudan. Shelvis is the principal of RECONCILE Peace Institute, and Nancy is the project manager for the South Sudan Education and Peacebuilding Project. ey write that their hearts have been broken because of the ongoing civil unrest and suffering in South Sudan and because of the long-term impact on the South Sudanese people displaced by the violence and turmoil. ey pray: "Use us, Lord. We are yours. We are open to newness and uncertainties, to hardships and trials. Help us with courage; give us your strength. May your Spirit dwelling inside us be our leading, and may it be all that we have to show this broken world. May we live into our divine purpose, that others may be led to do the same. Amen." Support Nancy and Shelvis in South Sudan: pcusa.org/donate/E200316 God's mission in Southeast Asia Redeeming heartache through hope As Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) regional facilitators, Cathy Chang and Juan Lopez serve alongside the United Church of Christ in the Philippines and other global partners to address migration and human trafficking issues in Southeast Asia. Cathy and Juan recognized their call to international mission in 2002, while volunteering in Egypt. Cathy was serving in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)'s Young Adult Volunteer program, and Juan was serving with Action Chr├ętienne en Orient (Christians in Action in the East), a mission agency supported by French Protestants. Both Cathy and Juan can look back on their family histories and find evidence of forced migration, a reality experienced by many victims of human trafficking. ey carry a deep concern for those whose hope for a better life for themselves and their families has been dashed through coerced labor and/or forced sexual exploitation, which the United Nations' International Labor Organization estimates affects 21 million people worldwide. ey pray for all who seek to follow God: "Go out into the world in peace. Have courage. Hold on to what is good. Return no one evil for evil. Strengthen the faint-hearted. Support the weak. Help the suffering. Honor all persons. Honor all creation. Love and serve the Lord, rejoicing in the power of the Holy Spirit. And may the love of God, the light of Christ, and the power and communion of the Spirit be with us all. Go in peace." Support Cathy and Juan in Asia: pcusa.org/donate/E200533

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