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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12 Summer 2018 e Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations works with the U.N. system and agencies, as well as ambassadors and other diplomats, to create global change. e voices of our partners give us a strong message to share with global leaders. One saying that we repeat over and over again with U.N. Security Council ambassadors is this: "e church is in a country before conflict begins, the church continues to serve the community while a conflict occurs Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has. –Margaret Mead W orking with decision makers looks different depending on where you are. Convincing your toddler to brush her teeth looks different from convincing your teenager to write a college admissions essay, which is different still from convincing the school board to keep funding the arts program you care so deeply about. In our ministry in government relations and advocacy, the work looks different too. e Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) maintains two offices — one in New York (the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations) and one in Washington, D.C. (the Office of Public Witness). Both offices advocate on behalf of the policies of the PC(USA) and the needs of our partner churches worldwide. Connecting to the halls of power Government relations and advocacy partnerships make a difference around the world Catherine Gordon and Ryan Smith Photo provided by Ryan Smith Members of the PC(USA) delegation to Syria and Lebanon meet with children at a National Evangelical Synod of Syria and Lebanon (NESSL) school.

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