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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Mission Crossroads 21 God's mission in Honduras Providing support for pastoral and lay leaders e Rev. Dori Kay Hjalmarson is the third generation of Presbyterian pastors called to mission service in her family. A chaplain and a journalist, Dori is skilled at listening actively and reflectively. She is excited about her call to accompany the Presbyterian Church of Honduras, a small but rapidly growing denomination founded by missionaries in 1960, but with roots dating to 1882. e church has more than doubled the number of its congregations in the past decade, in large part due to the testimony of faithful Honduran brothers and sisters, who are eager to learn and grow in the Spirit. Dori accompanies, coordinates and coaches lay and pastoral leaders of the Presbyterian Church of Honduras as they broaden theological education to strengthen and grow leadership capacity for the church. She is the primary Presbyterian World Mission liaison to the Honduras Mission Network, facilitating partnerships between Honduran and U.S. Presbyterians. At age 13, Dori traveled to Central America with her family to visit her aunt, a PC(USA) mission co-worker. e trip opened Dori's eyes to the deep divide that exists between rich and poor. "e concept of God's presence among and preference for the poor and oppressed, and not the rich and powerful, is a thread that runs through the entirety of Scripture," Dori says. "I believe Jesus Christ's purpose was to overturn the power structures of his time, and in following Jesus Christ, that is my purpose too." Support Dori in Honduras: pcusa.org/donate/E200535 God's mission in the Middle East Building bridges of understanding Doug Dicks has returned to his spiritual home as Presbyterian World Mission associate for ecumenical partnerships in the Middle East. He is serving as facilitator for education for justice and peacemaking at the invitation of St. Andrew's Scots Memorial Church in Jerusalem. "Not many people get the opportunity to do something they really love once in their lifetime, but how many get the opportunity to do it twice?" Doug said, referring to the 18 years he previously served as World Mission's regional liaison for Israel, Palestine and Jordan from 1995 to 2013. is extensive experience gives him the unique ability to educate Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) constituencies on the contextual realities of the church's witness in the region. Over the years, Doug has accompanied hundreds of Presbyterians who have come to the region seeking to walk alongside Arab Christians as well as to learn from them. Doug shepherds congregations and councils through the process of preparing for pilgrimages and other study trips through photography and information sharing. His work enables the larger PC(USA) community to advocate for peace and justice in Israel and Palestine. "rough serving in a region of the world where people are yearning for better lives, we are living in accordance with how Jesus Christ lived his own life," Doug said. "I believe our ministry and mission should still be one of helping to give voice to the voiceless and empowering people." Support Doug in the Middle East: pcusa.org/donate/E200516

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