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Mission Around the World
During the past year, over one million people have fled their homes in the Kasai region of the Democratic Republic of Congo because of military activities. As political unrest has spilled over into ethnic violence many villages were burned and health centers and schools were destroyed in the process.
After changing its annual meeting location from Houston to Chicago due to the devastation of Hurricane Harvey in Texas, members of the Cuba Partners Network found themselves listening to reports from their Cuban friends recounting Hurricane Irma’s slow, spinning assault on their beloved Cuba on Sept. 8.
What began as the St. Charles Avenue Branch of the First Presbyterian Church, renamed St. Charles Avenue Presbyterian Church (SCAPC) in 1920, has had a strong commitment to global ministries for more than a century.
The hymn, “Here I am Lord,” floated through the sanctuary at Las Placitas Presbyterian Church in New Mexico Sunday, and just moments later, Dori Kay Hjalmarson walked down the aisle into her ordination and her new role as a mission co-worker in Honduras.
Four mission co-workers have accepted new calls within Africa, including Jim and Jodi McGill, Ruth Brown and Dr. Martha Sommers.
This week the National Council of Churches in Korea (NCCK) recognizes a significant date along with other Korean partners of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) including the Presbyterian Church of Korea and the Presbyterian Church in the Republic of Korea. August 15th marks 72 years since Korea was liberated from Japanese occupation at the end of World War II.
Cathy Chang and her husband, Juan Lopez, are mission co-workers in Manila, Philippines. They help global partners such as churches and non-governmental organizations address issues of migration and human trafficking. During her visit to Grace Presbytery, Cathy spent time with members of several churches to help spread awareness of her mission work.
In response to an invitation from the pastor of the Presbyterian church in Baghdad, the Rev. Dr. Joanne Sizoo, pastor of Grace Presbyterian Church in Fort Mill, South Carolina, and coordinator of the Iraq Partnership Network (IPN), is requesting every city in Iraq be covered in prayer by congregations in the U.S.
“What are we going to do with these people who are shedding tears day and night, who are wounded in their hearts, about these children who are suffering? How can the Church be a light in the situation? How can we give hope? God has entrusted us with this responsibility, to be the voice of these people.”
The 112th New Wilmington Mission Conference (NWMC) is underway on the campus of Westminster College through July 29. This year NWMC welcomes its first woman director, the Rev. Virginia “Ginny” Teitt, organizing pastor of Concord Presbyterian Church in Marysville, Ohio. Teitt was hired Nov. 1 to fill the role of retiring director Dr. Donald Dawson.