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.
Abound in Hope: the 221st General Assembly (2014)
I am writing to you in the days following the 221st General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). We are thankful to God for the gathering of elected commissioners from all 172 presbyteries, and we were blessed with the presence of eight ecumenical advisory delegates from our global partner churches.
The General Assembly considered and voted on a
number of important issues that will impact our work as Presbyterian World Mission and our relationships with you and our partners around the globe:
- The GA enthusiastically approved the “Educate a Child, Transform the World” Campaign, whose goal is to improve the quality of education for one million children around the world. To launch the campaign, three congregations have joined together to pledge $1.65 million to the South Sudan Education and Peacebuilding project. We are thankful to be able to support our partners in their unceasing efforts to improve the quality of education offered in their primary and secondary schools, and we abound in hope that this campaign will grow to improve education around the world.
- The Assembly addressed several issues dealing with the PC(USA)’s witness in the Middle East, including the decision on whether to divest funds held by the church from three US companies that the GA has established are profiting from non-peaceful activities in the occupied territories of Palestine. The GA also voted to express urgent concern for the persecution of Christian churches in the Middle East and other areas of the world. In addition, specific measures were taken in support of our church partners in Syria and Iran.
- Several international concerns were expressed by the GA: support for the normalization of relations with Cuba, concern for the ongoing crisis in the Democratic Republic of Congo, concern for Haitians living in the Dominican Republic, recognition of the Armenian genocide, and immigration reform in the US.
Mission Matters Archives
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