Mission Crossroads

SUM 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 11 We are still listening, learning and practicing. Every year we start and close the program with orientation and debriefing sessions, and every year participating congregations and synod commissioners are blessed by these encounters, and by intentional fellowship and genuine hospitality. What does it take? It takes commitment as well as time, effort and resources to build and nurture healthy relationships to bridge cultures, and to interpret the context of the gospel even among members of one body of Christ. We knowingly but prudently take many risks and do much planning and preparation in order to repent, reconcile and journey in unity as disciples of Jesus. IMPs itinerate with one or two congregations and are hosted by one or more church families. is helps cultivate discipleship and hospitality, as well as the application of genuine fellowship, despite the cultural and socioeconomic diversity of the global church. e demonstration of genuine love and teachings of Jesus enrich congregations, mid councils, disciples and the global church. ese concrete visits and encounters also transform our awareness and widen our horizons as we journey together across oceans and beyond political borders, and cultural and socioeconomic boundaries. Given the history of violence and militarism by the U.S. and the unjust interdependency of war and trade, the church must demonstrate peaceful alternatives to war and greed and continue to witness to the hope in Jesus Christ for a lasting, just peace.* The Rev. Raafat L. Zaki is synod executive of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)'s Synod of the Covenant, which includes 11 presbyteries and nearly 700 congregations, mostly in Michigan and Ohio. GO INTO ALL THE WORLD Give to Presbyterian mission co-worker support: pcusa.org/donate/E132192 The Rev. Dr. Jozef Hehanussa, an international mission partner from Yogyakarta, Indonesia, who was hosted by First Presbyterian Church of Tecumseh in Michigan, adds his country to an image of the world painted by a member of the congregation. Mission to the U.S.A. (MUSA)

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