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 5 seeks to transform communities. is small group has even received funding from the development agency USAID for their violence-prevention work in vulnerable communities outside of San Salvador. Most recently they have invited the PC(USA) to be an integral partner in accompanying the migrant community, given the current political and social climate in the region. As is true for every relationship that seeks to be real with one another, the PC(USA)'s partnership with IRCES has had its ups and downs. We've struggled together and stepped on each other's toes more than once, but our prevailing commitment to engage in God's mission together has led to a different kind of partnership. Together we are building a partnership that is about reaffirming our Christian, pastoral and prophetic vocation in ways that will have an impact on public policies through concrete actions. Most powerfully, this partnership has led to the writing of an overture to this year's General Assembly. I heard IRCES's call to do more in the face of the growing immigration crisis in our country and theirs, and connected them with leaders of the Presbytery of the Pacific (POP), which has been addressing these issues firsthand in their communities. Heidi Worthen Gamble, POP's mission catalyst, did an amazing job of really listening to IRCES, and through much collaboration across the denomination, wrote a strong overture that calls and equips our church to act on behalf of those suffering the injustices of our broken immigration system. In a letter of endorsement of the proposed overture, IRCES wrote: "We always give thanks to God for you, for the grace of God that was given to you in Christ Jesus. Your testimony about Christ has inspired us to embody the values of the kingdom of God and to assume the challenges of the present time in our country." We could say those same words to them. is is the mutuality of partnership. We, the PC(USA), are better able to discern God's call because of the testimony of God's people, our partners in El Salvador. I am able to understand God's heart for the poor and marginalized better because their passion has demonstrated that to me. Indeed, God has blessed us and invited us to be part of this continuing partnership, one that challenges and guides our walk with Christ. It is through this kind of mission engagement that we are transforming outdated colonial patterns of relationships. God makes all things new, including new ways of relating. It is through God's global mission in partnership that we become ambassadors of Christ to one another, reconciling and healing the world. is is the mission that makes me proud to be a Presbyterian missionary. Tracey King-Ortega is Presbyterian World Mission's regional liaison for Central America. NURTURE TRANSFORMATIVE PARTNERSHIPS Support the work of regional liaison Tracey King-Ortega in Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua and Costa Rica: pcusa.org/donate/E200518 Kristi Van Nostran Students at the Colegio Presbiteriano Juan Calvino in Guatemala welcome a visiting PC(USA) partner delegation.

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