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World Mission Connect

Connecting the Church Global and Local

by Philip Woods, Area Coordinator for Europe and the Middle East Presbyterian World Mission February is already half gone, which already says a lot about this year. It is speeding by. For some of my colleagues and our partners in the Middle East, it might even feel that it is spiraling out of control as the… Read more »

Our Dynamic Mission Journey

by Valdir Xavier de França Presbyterian World Mission Area Coordinator for Latin America and the Caribbean Whenever a new year comes along, we attempt to set up a course of action through New Year’s resolutions as an effort to motivate ourselves to get it right this time, to be able to anticipate what will happen… Read more »

Christian-Muslim Relations Toolkit now available online

Christians are called by God to live out the great commandment to “love God” and to “love your neighbor as yourself” (Matthew 22:36-40). Presbyterians seek to live in fellowship with people of all faiths, striving for understanding and learning to work together to create positive change in our world. In this spirit of interfaith relations,… Read more »

Shattering the Border Wall of Hostility

by Catherine May, Presbyterian Border Region Outreach (PBRO) president and research historian Historical context: In 1980, following eight years of suspended relations, the Presbyterian leadership of Mexico and the USA affirmed a new, binational covenant under which the denominations established a renewed mission relationship. The heart of the covenant called for respectful, mutual decision-making. An… Read more »

Poverty of the Heart

by Dessa Palm, mission co-worker in the Philippines   In a few days, we will be celebrating the 12th year of the founding of the Youth Advocates Through Theater Arts (YATTA). I sat down recently with one of its founding members, Junsly Kitay, and was reminded of one dialogue he wrote in our original musical theater… Read more »

The Incarnation as a Model of Mission

by Tamron Keith, Sr., Associate Director, Presbyterian World Mission In these last few days leading up to December 25, in western culture, we oftentimes are focused on final gift preparations, office parties, plans to share meals with friends and/or family, and ways to give to others who may be less fortunate than us (though I… Read more »

I Was Hungry

by Valdir Franca, Presbyterian World Mission area coordinator for Latin  America and the Caribbean  At the end of Jesus’ eschatological parables in Matthew 25, he expresses condemnation towards those who don’t respond in a positive way to the mission of discipleship. This mission includes addressing hunger and poverty: “I was hungry and you gave me… Read more »

Reducing Hunger and Malnutrition through Community Development

by Josh Heikkila, mission co-worker in Ghana serving as World Mission’s regional liaison for West Africa In the work we do in World Mission, whether it be with evangelism, education, peacemaking, poverty reduction, health, or development, the most effective and long-lasting results are seen if we can empower our partners to be the ones who… Read more »

Reflecting on Malnutrition through a Mother’s Heart

by Jennifer Brooke Goldberg, World Mission writing coach  Born January 21, 2000, just after the Christmas season and the apocalyptic predictions of the arrival of the new millennium, my son Caleb was certainly an advent child. A child of much expectation. And fear. An expectation of fear that unraveled such that I am yet coursing… Read more »