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Former Mission Co-worker Engages Evangelism in Community Transformation

At the Presbyterian House in Merida, Venezuela, Dr. Edgar Moros- Ruano, a former Presbyterian mission co-worker, says “the gospel is proclaimed not only by word of mouth, but also through deeds.” Moros-Ruano serves as pastor of the Congregation of the Resurrection and is a tenured professor of philosophy at Universidad de Los Andes in Merida. In both his pastoral work and his seminary teaching, Moros-Ruano says he has integrated leadership development as an evangelistic effort to share the gospel of Jesus to his congregations and students.

Training Leaders for Community Transformation in Niger

Niger has consistently ranked at the bottom of the United Nations Human Development Index. Indicators that reflect that ranking include the following: • Only 40 percent of men and 20 percent of women are literate. • There is one doctor for every 50,000 people. • One in seven women dies in childbirth. • 40 percent of children under age five are malnourished. • 20 percent of children die before their fifth birthday. • Up to 90 percent of the population is involved in subsistence agriculture.