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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8 Spring 2018 to our God and our neighbor both locally and globally. BeLoved Asheville, a partner of the Presbyterian Hunger Program (PHP), works with the YAV site in Asheville, North Carolina, where volunteers are able to witness long-term intentional Christian community with those living on the fringes of society. Volunteers are also introduced to issues related to the root causes of poverty through fair trade efforts, small farmer cooperatives and campaigns for fair food. rough the PHP's efforts, young adults are encouraged to think about sustainable purchasing habits long after their YAV year. Just as important as the desire to serve is the ability to serve. With the help of the Presbyterian Mission A year of service, a lifetime of deeper questions. One of the many ways the Young Adult Volunteer (YAV) program hopes to challenge participants is through the forming and continual reshaping of the program's own concepts about service. is is done best when young volunteers and local people of faith walk together to encourage, challenge and inspire one another. e most stirring answers to the hard questions of "What is service? Who is able to participate? Who is service meant to benefit?" are inspired by the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)'s commitment to Misseo Dei — God's mission. Presbyterians believe, and are encouraged to explore, the idea that each person is called to share in the mission of God, recognizing we do not hold autonomy over the Holy Spirit; the Spirit is within every child of God. is calls the YAV program, and the greater church, to be a connectional church. Young Adult Volunteers throughout the United States and the world are exposed to the various branches of the PC(USA) in various settings and contexts. YAVs in Little Rock, Arkansas, live and work at Ferncliff Camp and Conference Center, where some are placed at the Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) warehouse. YAVs create emergency kits and rearrange donated items, bringing a little order to a relief program that "out of chaos" reveals "hope." Because PDA responds to both immediate needs, such as food, medical attention and shelter, and long- term needs, such as livelihood recovery and psychosocial assistance, YAVs in the Philippines continue to partner with PDA to assist in ongoing recovery following Typhoon Haiyan. YAVs serving in Washington, D.C., and New York City are able to engage in the PC(USA)'s commitment to social witness policy, both on an international and national scale. rough the YAVs partnership with the Office of Public Witness and the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations, volunteers see how the denomination remains accountable Called to ministry, called to connect Blake A. Collins SPREAD THE WORD! Invite a young adult you know to learn more and apply: pcusa.org/yav/apply Emma Warman YAVs Lauren Robinson (left) and Emma Warman during their orientation in the Philippines.

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