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If there is a revered profession in my family, it is a life given to the ministry of the Presbyterian Church. In 1884, my great-grandfather J. Vernon Bell began his ministry as pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Dubois, Pennsylvania, almost 100 years to the day that I entered Union Theological Seminary in New York City.
In one of the most dangerous places in the world, the Rev. Peter Tibi stands between the government of South Sudan and rebel factions with only his clerical collar and his faith for protection.
One day, while taking a break from studying in the Duke Divinity School library, I got into a conversation that would change the course of my family’s life. As I talked with a stranger, I learned he was the only person in the world with a Ph.D. in New Testament, which is also my field of study, who could speak the particular language of the country where he was training Christians for ministry. This really struck me.
A trilogy of ordinary people is creating some extraordinary results in a San Juan neighborhood. This was beautifully illustrated by three special guests of the World Mission Competencies in Domestic Ministry ministerial team during the Presbyterian Mission Agency Board meeting in San Juan last week.
Becoming a mission partner takes commitment, humility and a willing spirit to forge a give-and-take, long-term relationship.
As Presbyterian World Mission celebrates its 180th anniversary this year, it’s worth noting that well over 200 years ago Presbyterian Women were organizing around mission, both domestically and internationally.
To celebrate 180 years of international mission engagement Presbyterian World Mission has been reflecting on the changes that have taken place over the years.
Keeping Faith, the video newsletter from Tony De La Rosa, Interim Executive Director of the Presbyterian Mission Agency, is now available for viewing. In this February edition, De La Rosa highlights Presbyterian World Mission (PWM), which celebrates 180 years of life-changing work this year.
Darius and Vera Swann used their skills as educators to spread the gospel in Asia and become an important part of the Presbyterian mission legacy. Growing up in the segregated South, the Swanns’ mission service was shaped by inequities they knew firsthand.
God’s plans and timing are different from ours. Just ask the Rev. Dr. Donna J. Sloan. Donna has packed her luggage, figuratively, more than once to answer God’s call to mission—a call she has felt since she was nine years old, growing up in Campbell, Ohio.