Friday, April 25
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World Mission, with its ecumenical partners and PC(USA) constituents, has named evangelism as one of three critical global issues that God is calling us to address: “Together with other members of Christ’s body, we will share the good news of God’s love in Jesus Christ.” At the Dallas II Conference, one strategy adopted to answer this call was “to invite global partners to work with us in our witness.”
One area in which the PC(USA) urgently needs to sit at the feet of African churches like Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus and learn from them is in witnessing to and including youth in the life of the church. Many congregations and presbyteries have found that such learning is best facilitated through developing ongoing relationships with African churches. World Mission is ready to assist you in that process. We have scores of partner churches in Africa longing for partnerships at the presbytery and congregational level. The Africa office is eager to help you find a good match, and the World Mission consultant for mission leaders is ready to assist you in developing a strong partnership of mutual learning. Many opportunities to engage in partnerships with African immigrant congregations in the United States and to welcome immigrants into your congregation are also available. The PC(USA) associate for African Emerging Ministries is eager to help you connect.
I pray that the stories in these pages that show how God is working in and through African youth will inspire you and your congregation.
—Rev. Debbie Braaksma, area coordinator, Africa, Presbyterian World Mission
Let us join in prayer for:
Presbyterian Church of Mauritius: Rev. Rodney Curpanen, moderator, Mr. Jean-Alain Moussié, president • Presbyterian Church of Nigeria: Rev. Professor Emele Mba Uka, moderator, Rev. Ndukwe Nwachukwa Eme, principal clerk • Christian Council of Nigeria
PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff
Let us pray
Loving Lord, thank you that in Jesus Christ we are one family. Help us never to live only in our own worlds but to seek to walk in partnership with our brothers and sisters around the globe, who have much to teach us about true discipleship. Amen.