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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i 20 Summer 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 C h r God's mission in Brazil Developing leaders for the church e Rev. Gordon and Dorothy Gartrell serve as co-facilitators of leadership development and evangelism alongside the United Presbyterian Church of Brazil (IPU). Gordon grew up in Brazil, where his parents were missionaries for more than three decades. He and Dorothy have served together in church planting, evangelism and development of lay leaders for the Brazilian church since 1990. Dorothy also teaches English classes and has worked with students ages 6 to 76. "God has given us compassion and love for the Brazilian people," Gordon said. "We want to share God's love with them and equip them to share God's love with others." Because there are more churches than there are pastors in Brazil, the Gartrells are helping members and lay leaders recognize and develop their spiritual gifts, so that when a pastor is not able to be present, worship may be directed by a lay leader in the congregation. As lay leaders and new members grow in knowledge and skill, they are better equipped to lead innovative, in-depth worship services and to create and implement educational programs. "It is a privilege to have a part in the life of the IPU, to use our gifts and talents as we proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ alongside our Brazilian brothers and sisters," Gordon said. Support Gordon and Dorothy in Brazil. pcusa.org/donate/E200489 God's mission in Greece Sharing God's love with refugee families Mission co-worker the Rev. Nadia Ayoub has accepted a new call to serve refugees and forced migrants in Greece. "God remembered," she said, explaining that it was in Greece many years ago that she first felt the call to seminary. Now, after decades of mission service, her work has come full circle: Her most recent service, in preschool education among Roma children and their parents in Ukraine, has prepared her to support inclusion of refugees in Greece. Nadia works with Perichoresis, an organization initially created by the Greek Evangelical Church of Katerini and the General Synod of the Evangelical Church of Greece to provide relief services for refugees. Currently Perichoresis provides housing and support for 550 refugees in 115 apartments in the city of Katerini. Nadia serves these families as a preschool worker and translator. "As I think about God's call to me to serve among the refugees and strangers," Nadia said, "I see I was that stranger not once but many times." She identifies with refugee families who need support because they are frightened and unable to speak the language. "e situations in their homelands must be dire to travel so far, risking their lives and the lives of their children," she said. "I pray for the ability to serve and strengthen the church's purpose of embracing the stranger," Nadia said. "May God give me ears to hear their real needs." Support Nadia in Greece. pcusa.org/donate/E200473

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