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New Wilmington Mission Conference welcomes first woman director

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.

Signs are hopeful for construction of peace in Colombia

A peace accord ratified between the Colombian government and the FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia) guerrilla group in late 2016 has been in the process of implementation this year, and former guerrilla combatants have settled in 25 “transitional normalization zones” around the country. The process of transitioning into civilian life has included educational programs and the laying down of arms through a three-part handover to the United Nations. The arms handover is now 100 percent — a hopeful sign for the construction of peace in Colombia.

Building enduring peace in South Sudan

The PC(USA)’s Peace & Global Witness Offering helps war-torn South Sudanese meet urgent needs and engage in the vital ministry of peacemaking.

Helping communities help themselves

The Community Health Evangelism initiative helps African communities take ownership and control over the projects and programs that affect them — with impressive results.

‘Best Future from Today’

The Presbyterian Church of Rwanda has created a program for youth to get the training to start small businesses. Unemployment is a particularly big challenge among youth, 18–26. Sometimes there are 5,000 applications for one job.

Honduras Mission Network provides critical funding for new mission position

While their formal preparation for ministry is modest, Presbyterian pastors in Honduras possess an abundance of ‘faith seeking understanding.’ Unfortunately, educational opportunities to help these faithful pastors to gain understanding — and fulfill the motto of St. Anselm of Canterbury — have been limited.

Lives changed: meeting my church mission partners in Armenia

Liberty Corner Presbyterian Church in New Jersey is a faithful Jinishian Memorial Program donor with Mer Hooys “House of Hope,” which empowers at-risk girls in Armenia to achieve a productive and secure future. Church member Jane Allen has fond memories of her trip to Armenia: “The sky was a brilliant blue and I can still feel the warm air and taste the delicious apricots… Knowing that my church is playing a part of positive and spiritual influence in the lives of those we met through the Jinishian Foundation and Mer Hooys, and seeing their work firsthand, made this day extremely important to my overall experience in Armenia.”

Leading by example in Rwanda

Rwanda is best known for the genocide that swept the country more than 23 years ago leaving the nation with an impoverished and traumatized population. But Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) mission co-worker Kay Day, is focused on the future, not the past. And she believes thoughtful theological leaders she and others are working to train will build the future.