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‘Keeping Faith’—Video Stories with Tony De La Rosa

Tony De La Rosa, Interim Executive Director of Presbyterian Mission Agency, has been communicating with leaders in the church through a short video digest, “Keeping Faith.”

Each edition contains three short video stories that are meant to be shared. Below are stories we’ve told that showcase how we as Presbyterians are keeping faith.  We invite you to show them in your congregations and presbyteries, and forward them to others, as a way of inspiring them to engage in God’s mission to transform the world.


In this edition of ‘Keeping Faith’ Presbyterian Mission Agency Interim Executive Director Tony De La Rosa reports from Rwanda at a gathering of PC(USA) mission co-workers in Africa.

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Forgiveness and Hope.  Bringing together survivors from both sides of the genocide in Rwanda in 1994, from both sides of the conflict, a Rwandan pastor describes how former enemies are learning to live together in harmony.

Leading by Example.  The next generation of compassionate theological leaders are being trained a Protestant University in Rwanda, thanks in no small part to our mission co-worker Kay Day who says, Rwanda is now one of the most secure nations in Central Africa — in fact there’s been no conflict in the last 15 years.”

Best Future from Today.  Thanks to a grant from Presbyterian Women, young Rwandan Presbyterians are using their talent and creativity to record their own music.


In this edition of Keeping Faith, Tony De La Rosa, Interim Executive Director for Presbyterian Mission Agency focuses on what Presbyterians are doing together in Puerto Rico.

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$70B Debt Crisis. Standing in solidarity with Puerto Ricans; where one in two are living below the poverty line.

Missional Ministry. Expanding Presbyterian Mission to the island’s eastern edge through a 1001 new worshiping community.

Digital Dream. Helping the Evangelical Seminary of Puerto Rico better most Presbyterians who live on the west side of the island.


In this edition of Keeping Faith Presbyterian Mission Agency Interim Executive Director, Tony De La Rosa features stories on Presbyterian World Mission 180th anniversary, the role Presbyterian Women played in the history of international mission, and a Presbyterian funded DREAAM House — where boys in at-risk environments— are preparing for their greatness.

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“We have to recognize there is a crisis.” At a Presbyterian funded DREAAM House young boys in at-risk environments are on educational path that could create unchartered success for a cohort of African American males.

‘Mission 180’: Presbyterian World Mission celebrates its 180th anniversary this year, by reflecting on the changes that have taken place, over the years, in how we think, talk about, and participate in God’s mission.

Hidden Figures: 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.


Our only response can be gratitude. See how people of faith offered their lives as tangible expressions of God’s faithfulness, over and over again at the Presbyterian Mission Agency. Their way of giving thanks and offering their gratitude to God for Jesus Christ, the greatest gift to humankind.


In this edition of Keeping Faith, Presbyterian Mission Agency Interim Executive Director, Tony De La Rosa features stories of those experiencing the longing, joy and hope that are part of the Advent.

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Clergy Witness at Standing Rock. PC(USA) leaders stand in solidarity with Native American tribes and other groups—water protectors hoping to stop construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline and its encroachment upon Native American land.
Unbroken. As a teenager, Monika Ruiz made a life-altering decision. The village she’d grown up in, San Fernando in the state of Tamaulipas, Mexico was being destroyed by drug wars. When her uncle got killed she “broke”— and applied online to a PC(USA) racial-ethnic school in Kingsville, Texas.

   

Christmas Joy. See the hope of students from underserved communities reaching their full God-given potential— thanks to the work of PC(USA) racial-ethnic schools and colleges.
Good Cents. One PC(USA) congregation in New Jersey gives individual gifts to every teaching elder in their presbytery (Newton).

In this edition of Keeping Faith, Presbyterian Mission Agency Interim Executive Director, Tony De La Rosa focuses on how Presbyterians are facing racism, building peace and responding to disaster.

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Cotton Comes to Louisville. In West Louisville, Westwood Presbyterian Church came up with a creative way to address what generations of African Americans have come to believe, that life is cheap and the cheapest of all are Black lives.”
Freedom Rising. Presbyterian Mission Agency Interim Executive Director Tony De La Rosa draws attention to Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)’s outreach to young African American males.

   

The Table of Peace. International peacemakers are visiting Presbyterian Church, (U.S.A.) congregations as part of the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program.  Hear what partners in Palestine, Cuba, Hungary and Kenya are sharing with PC(USA) churches.
Staying for the Long Haul. This short video story profiles a Louisiana flood survivor who lost her husband, a Presbyterian pastor, in the past year, who was overwhelmed by caring she’s received from Presbyterian Disaster Assistance and its partners, since experiencing flooding in August.

21st Century Church . . . Now. Tony De La Rosa, Interim Executive Director of the Presbyterian Mission Agency, spent a week with some 5,000 Presbyterian youth and adult volunteers at the 2016 Presbyterian Youth Triennium on the Purdue University campus (West Lafayette, Indiana), July 19–23. Seeing the energy and enthusiasm of their faith and desire for the church to be a place of spiritual adventure left him with incredible hope for where they might take the 21st century church.


In this edition of Keeping Faith, Presbyterian Mission Agency Interim Executive Director, Tony De La Rosa features stories on the Flint water crisis, the NRA convention in Louisville and a new 1001 ministry in Manhattan, New York.

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Flint Water Crisis. As the poisoned water crisis continues in Flint, Michigan, frustration mounts. Yet one Presbyterian pastor says she has never felt more cared for which gives her strength to minister to those in her congregation who are still without water.

Wrath and Reverence: NRA comes to Louisville. 70,000 people, 500,000 square feet of firearm displays. While the National Rifle Association held its national convention in Louisville, we visited an art exhibit—at 21c Museum Hotel—full of holy places, crafted from parts of armaments and ammunition.

Neighborhood Esperanza. In Manhattan, a new worshiping community is being formed, thanks to a nearly 140-year-old church that takes seriously its belief that all God’s people are holy.


In this edition of Keeping Faith, Presbyterian Mission Agency Interim Executive Director, Tony De La Rosa shows how Presbyterians are working for food justice, ending human trafficking and creating safe spaces for children.

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Fair Food. Recently the Coalition of Immokalee Workers were at the Presbyterian Center in Louisville. The Presbyterian Church, (U.S.A.) was an early partner with the coalition in their call for human rights to protect farm workers’ freedom and dignity.

Human Trafficking, a $32 Billion Industry. Through the Presbyterian Mission Agency, Presbyterians have been involved in women’s empowerment and its link to sustainable development as delegates to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women. At one of the many commission events in New York, one lifetime Presbyterian showcased her new mobile gaming app, designed to keep children and young adults from becoming victims of human traffickers.

40 Acres of Hope. For more than 30 years, the Campbell Farm in Washington State has provided hands-on mission opportunities for thousands of young people—and a place of safety and refuge for families living on or near the Yakima Indian Reservation.


In this inaugural edition of Keeping Faith, Presbyterian Mission Agency Interim Executive Director, Tony De La Rosa highlights stories that show how Presbyterians are living out their faith in Jesus Christ and answering God’s call to do justice.

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Open Hearts. Talk of immigration reform and securing our national borders is part of the fever pitch of our 2016 election season.  Paula Cooper, pastor of a multicultural church in St. Louis, says the heated political rhetoric creates fear for some in her congregation.

Everybody Eats. One way the PC(USA) is addressing issues around immigration is by examining and addressing the underlying structures that perpetuate poverty and violence abroad that are forcing people from their homes. In El Salvador, our mission co-workers’ efforts, along with partners who are working for food security, are having a remarkable impact—for families struggling to carve out a sustainable living in their villages and on their land.

Trigger: The Ripple Effect of Gun Violence. You may remember in early January 2016 how President Obama broke into tears as he stood among parents and relatives of those affected by gun violence. Some of those same parents and relatives were interviewed in the documentary, “Trigger,” a powerful film produced by Presbyterian Disaster Assistance.