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Celebrate 175 years of Presbyterian World Mission

The heritage of Presbyterian World Mission is rooted ultimately in Christ’s Great Commission to make disciples of all nations and his Great Commandment to love God and neighbor. Presbyterians have borne faithful witness to the gospel around the world in settings that range from great urban centers to small rural villages. More than 94 million Christians around the world now belong to churches that were founded or co-founded by Presbyterian Church (U.S.A) mission workers.

The year 2012 marks the 175th anniversary of international mission by the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church. Over the years, Presbyterian missionaries have planted churches, built hospitals, and started schools on every continent. The seeds sown by those missionaries have, in many places, developed into self-sustaining churches and institutions now led by local Christians. Among them are the Presbyterian Church of Korea, the Evangelical Theological Seminary in Cairo, and Good Shepherd Hospital in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Thanks to longstanding bonds forged through a remarkable mission legacy, and our reputation as a faithful and effective mission partner, they now invite us to send mission personnel to work with them in partnership. We help them meet crucial needs that the partner churches alone cannot meet due to lack of resources and/or trained personnel. We also send mission personnel into regions where there is not yet a church. Someday Christians in these places will form churches, and we will work with them in partnership. We do this because we believe the church in each place is most capable of discerning what God wants to accomplish in mission in that place.

175 years of presbyterian missionToday, Presbyterian World Mission inherits the legacy begun 175 years ago.

Nearly 200 mission co-workers in 50 countries are engaged in equally vital ministries of sharing faith and working against poverty and violence.

Our mission personnel are God-called, highly skilled individuals whose work transforms lives every day. They are carefully chosen and well trained. They receive ongoing support and counsel from an experienced staff.

We are also committed to resourcing the thousands of Presbyterians who have come streaming out of the pews and into the world for short-term mission service. We assist more than 40 mission networks, offer seminars and produce training materials, and facilitate an online mission community where ideas and best practices are shared.

Although we celebrate our 175th anniversary of mission work in 2012, there is still much to be done—and you can be a part of it!

Learn about our mission co-workers and global partners, and discern your own call to mission – whether it is through prayer, financial giving, becoming a vocal advocate for mission in your sphere of influence, or all of these things.

Join us as together we bring God’s global family together to help people experience an abundant life, both now and in eternity.

Step into the circle with Presbyterian World Mission today.

Congo missionaries William and Lucy Sheppard, Althea Edmiston, and Joseph E. Phipps (with Maxamalinge Sheppard) sitting in grass, circa 1905, American Presbyterian Congo Mission (PCUS), from William H. Sheppard Papers. Courtesy Presbyterian Historical Society.

Learn more

Special 175th anniversary edition of Mission Crossroads magazine (Summer 2012)

Into all the world (Presbyterians Today, June/July 2012)

Hands across the water (Presbyterians Today, June/July 2012)

Not your father’s mission field (Presbyterians Today, June/July 2012)

Witnesses for justice (Presbyterians Today, June/July 2012)

GA 220 marks 175 years of world mission

The Pennsylvania mission connection

Better together

175 years of Presbyterian World Mission: Better together (Mission Yearbook insert)

Western Pennsylvania helped launch Presbyterian World Mission 175 years ago; 220th General Assembly will celebrate anniversary this year in Pittsburgh (Presbyterian Historical Society)

On the  Invitation to the Word website:  ". . . to the ends of the earth"

Ways to connect with World Mission

Give to World Mission. Charitable gifts are the lifeblood of Presbyterian World Mission, helping to make possible the vital work of almost 200 mission co-workers throughout the world. You may also give by mail: Presbyterian Church (USA), P.O. Box 643700, Pittsburgh, PA 15264-3700.   Make a contribution in honor of the 175th anniversary of Presbyterians in mission: E200175 – Better Together

Mission Connections
Learn about mission co-workers and their ministries to address poverty, evangelism, and reconciliation. You can also download prayer cards to pray for our mission workers.

Mission Service and Recruitment
Learn about open positions if God is calling you to mission service.

Mission Trips
Learn about short-term mission trips you can take to see first-hand how God is working throughout the world through Presbyterian World Mission.

Mission Networks
More than 40 mission networks bring together Presbyterians from around the United States who share a common international mission focus. Each mission network centers around a specific country, people group or program area of ministry and is composed of Presbyterians who represent international mission partnerships established through their synods, presbyteries, congregations or other PC(USA) entities. Connect with one today.

The Junction
If you are looking for a mission trip opportunity for your group and need some inspiration and information, or if you have a mission trip or mission-related event you want to promote, The Junction is your one-stop shop for getting and sharing details about what’s happening in global mission.

World Mission e-Newsletter
Subscribe to the free monthly e-blast that tells what God is doing through faithful, effective Presbyterian mission.

Mission Crossroads on the web

  • Subscribe to the free, three-times-a-year Mission Crossroads magazine
  • Listen to podcasts with accompanying study guides
  • Peruse a resource library and videos from mission co-workers around the world
  • Participate in webinars
  • Be part of an interactive community for those who care about mission.

Mission Crossroads is on Facebook.

Mission Crossroads on Twitter. Follow @PCUSAMXR.


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