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During a UN chapel service, mission co-workers ask God to ‘guide us’

Presbyterian Mission Agency mission co-workers the Revs. Shelvis and Nancy Smith-Mather are in the United States this week to meet with several entities at the United Nations to create awareness around the critical needs of those living in South Sudan under the barrage of continued violence and near-civil war. Hosted by the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations, the Smith-Mathers led the Thursday morning chapel service for a group of in-person and online worshippers via Zoom.

Peace & Global Witness Offering benefits Lesvos Solidarity in its mission to promote dignity and protect the human rights of refugees and migrants

Wandering the streets of Athens with two small children in tow, Fatima had nowhere to turn. Left homeless following a massive fire that closed the Moria Refugee Camp in 2020, the native Afghani was arrested and imprisoned after unknowingly becoming involved with drug dealers. Devastated and alone in a Greek prison — her two little ones sent off to a shelter for unaccompanied children ­— Fatima may as well have been invisible, until her case was supported by a refugees legal aid organization, which referred her cause to Lesvos Solidarity.

Come as you are

Three new worshiping communities in Arizona, Georgia and Louisiana have been named winners of the 2022 Sam & Helen R. Walton Awards. Each recipient, listed below, will receive $15,000 for their excellence in furthering Presbyterian mission in their communities and neighborhoods.

Repairing broken sidewalks

Before delivering a talk to end Church World Service’s Together We Welcome Conference, the Rev. Dr. Karen Georgia A. Thompson delivered one of her many published poems to the online audience of about 300 people.

‘A motivation out of love for God’

The importance of faith communities standing in the gap for asylum seekers was driven home during a national immigration conference hosted by Church World Service (CWS).

Minute for Mission: Palestinian Nakba Remembrance Day

Like thousands of other Palestinians, my parents experienced dispossession and became refugees because of the Nakba (disaster) that befell the Palestinian people and society on May 15, 1948. Becoming refugees and seeing the disintegration of all that you used to love is a very difficult transition. Spiritual guidance and comfort are a resource that I witnessed both my father and mother use to recoup and go on.

Racism impacts refugees of color in Ukraine

It’s been a little more than a month since Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a “special military operation” to “demilitarize and denazify” Ukraine on the morning of Feb. 24.