A monthly update from Hunter Farrell, Director of World Mission, on the impact of Presbyterian mission in the world and the issues that affect mission co-workers, the people we walk with and assist in service to God, and our partners around the globe.
Living between the 'now' and the 'not yet'
August 2014 - Director of World Mission Hunter Farrell is on sabbatical working on a book for congregational mission leaders that will be released in 2015. Filling in for him is Greg Allen-Pickett, General Manager for World Mission (pictured), who writes the Mission Matters column this month.
Hunter Farrell wrote last month right after our General Assembly where the theme was “Abounding in Hope.” The headlines of the past few weeks don’t feel so hopeful.
Between the Ebola outbreak in Africa, the ongoing violence in Congo and South Sudan, the escalating conflict in Israel/Palestine, the continued conflict in Syria, the persecution of Christians in Iraq, the crisis in Central America that has led to flood of immigrants on the US border, and countless other stories of sadness, death and destruction, there are days when it is almost impossible to embrace this theme of “Abounding in Hope.”
What is sometimes lost in the headlines, statistics and body counts, is that each death that has occurred, whether from disease or from armed conflict, is the loss of a precious child of God. And with each loss, we mourn and ask God in the words of the Psalms, “How long, O Lord, How long must I bear pain in my soul, and have sorrow in my heart all day long.”
It is times like these that I am acutely aware that we are living between the “now,” our present reality in a fallen and broken world, and the “not yet,” the Kingdom of God where we believe, “He will wipe every tear from their eyes. Death will be no more; mourning and crying and pain will be no more.”
But in the midst of the incredible pain experienced around the world by our brothers and sisters, I see glimpses of that kingdom breaking through. Read more now.
Mission Matters Archives
July 2014 - Abound in Hope: the 221st General Assembly (2014)
May 2014 - Training Leaders for Community Transformation
April 2014 - Ending Violence against Women and Children
March 2014 - 3 Critical Global Issues—#1: Quality education for 1 million children by 2020
February 2014 - CEDEPCA: Caring for God's Creation
January 2014 - Young Adult Volunteers: New YAV Sites Opening
December 2013 - We are truly better together
November 2013 - South Sudanese: Displaced by violence
October 2013 - Haiti: the Presbyterian Church is here to stay