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Serving in ‘God’s vineyard’ in Niger and South Sudan

When it came time for my wife, Jodi, and me to accept a new call because of our children’s educational needs, it was difficult. Malawi was our home. We wondered how we could move away from our relationship with the Church of Central Africa Presbyterian (CCAP), which had supported and encouraged us for more than two decades.

Sharing God’s perspective through partnership in Colombia

“You won’t go to India to do something an Indian cannot do,” the Rev. Thomas John told me. He was the site coordinator for the Young Adult Volunteer (YAV) program in India, and I was a college senior, interviewing to serve as a YAV on the other side of the globe. I don’t think I had any delusions of single-handedly transforming the world, but I was surely guided by a desire to help, to contribute and to be of service. That was in 2002. Today I serve as site coordinator for the YAV program in Colombia, and I encounter those same motivations again and again in current applicants.

Sharing God’s perspective through partnership in Colombia

You won’t go to India to do something an Indian cannot do,” the Rev. Thomas John told me. He was the site coordinator for the Young Adult Volunteer (YAV) program in India, and I was a college senior, interviewing to serve as a YAV on the other side of the globe. I don’t think I had any delusions of single-handedly transforming the world, but I was surely guided by a desire to help, to contribute, to be of service. That was in 2002. Today I serve as site coordinator for the YAV program in Colombia, and I encounter those same motivations again and again in current applicants.

Presbyteries’ partnership reflects unity in Christ

Is mission a one-way street? Not to people in Denver Presbytery or the Presbytery of Zimbabwe of the Uniting Presbyterian Church in Southern Africa (UPCSA). These two presbyteries have been faithful witnesses to the unity of the body of Christ for more than a decade, despite the nearly 10,000 miles between them.

Key to true mission partnership: be humble and really listen

In 1993, during a study abroad program to Central America, I visited El Salvador, a small Central American nation that had just recently signed peace accords after more than a decade of violent civil war. In a unique exchange with Salvadoran youth, during a Bible study on the beach, we privileged and somewhat sheltered North American college students were interrogated about our countries’ policies and forced to reflect on our own complicity.

Presbyterian World Mission explores partnership with Mexican organization

Two representatives of the Mexican Communion of Reformed and Presbyterian Churches (CMIRP) recently met with Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) World Mission staff in Louisville to explore the possibility of engaging in mission together. The Rev. Silfrido Gordillo-Borralles, the group’s general coordinator, and the Rev. Dan Gonzalez Ortega, president of the Theological Community of Mexico, an institution composed of six seminaries in Mexico, met with World Mission Director Jose Luis Casal and Valdir Franca, coordinator for Latin America and the Caribbean.

PC(USA) celebrates 25-year partnership with Church of Bangladesh

The Most Rev. Paul S. Sarker, moderator of the Church of Bangladesh and bishop of the Diocese of Dhaka, recently visited the Presbyterian Center to celebrate the first 25 years of formal partnership between the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and the Church of Bangladesh (CoB). The visit also provided an opportunity to discern God’s direction for the future of the partnership.