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 21 r i s t o p h e r D o r i a n God's mission in South Sudan Proclaiming God's unchanging love e Rev. Bob and Kristi Rice serve as mission co-workers in South Sudan in partnership with the South Sudan Presbyterian Evangelical Church (SSPEC) and Nile eological College (NTC). Bob trains future pastors in theology and biblical studies at NTC, with a focus on courses in systematic theology, public theology and ethics. Kristi accompanies SSPEC in demonstrating God's love in a holistic way through effective and sustainable community development and economic empowerment projects. e Rices, who previously served in post- genocide Rwanda and post-conflict Congo, are based in the capital city of Juba. e South Sudanese people face many challenges, including a refugee crisis, widespread famine and instability. "Our presence, walking with them, sharing in their sufferings, hopes and dreams for a better future, speaks volumes to our brothers and sisters in South Sudan," Bob said. "Seeing the way the church is a source for transformation and hope, by helping people find God in their midst of difficult environments and circumstances, is encouraging," Kristi said. "It gives us hope." Bob and Kristi ask for prayers for true peace to come to South Sudan, so those who have been displaced may return to their homes, and for provision of food for those in need. Support Bob and Kristi in South Sudan. pcusa.org/donate/E200429 God's mission in Taiwan Encouraging faithful and visionary leaders Mission co-worker the Rev. Dr. John McCall serves as leadership development facilitator in partnership with the Presbyterian Church of Taiwan. He has taught ministry and spiritual formation courses at the three Presbyterian seminaries in Taiwan as well as at Jiangsu Seminary in Nanjing, China, accompanying current and future church leaders as they seek to be light and salt on this beautiful island. John meets monthly with pastors in various areas of Taiwan to teach, preach and equip them for leadership in the Taiwanese church. He has a deep love for the country of Taiwan and its diverse people, particularly the 16 native groups that make up less than 2 percent of Taiwan's population. Of these groups, which reside in the high mountains or along the coast, some 70 percent are Christian, compared with 3 percent Christian for the country as a whole. Last year John facilitated a group of 12 pastors representing different denominations and ethnic groups from the Philippines, Taiwan, Korea and Japan. e weeklong gathering, "Sowing Seeds of Understanding: Ministry in a Global World," was sponsored by Japan Mission, a partner of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), and was held in Kyoto, Japan. e pastors returned to their families, churches and communities knowing God, themselves and one another in a deeper way. John's experience demonstrates that the mission legacy of Presbyterians casts a light that crosses time and cultures. Support John in Taiwan. pcusa.org/donate/E200487

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