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Reaching Out to Our Neighbors with HIV and AIDS

by Rev. Janet Guyer, Facilitator for Women’s and Children’s Interests, English-Speaking Africa Twenty years ago, AIDS in Africa was brought to our attention through pictures of emaciated men, women and children on the brink of death. Roughly 10 years ago, we celebrated, and rightly so, the arrival of anti-retroviral drugs, seemingly a miracle group of… Read more »

YAVs Do Not Go Alone in God’s Mission

by Blake Collins, associate for recruitment and relationships, Young Adult Program (YAV) This Sunday, August 27, several congregations near the Stony Point Conference Center, many from the Hudson River Presbytery, will host the 2017-18 YAV class for Commissioning Sunday. Commissioning Sunday acts as a reminder to both the Young Adult Volunteers (YAVs) and our Church that we “do… Read more »

Youth: Assets of the Kingdom

by Rev. José Luis Casal, Director of Presbyterian World Mission But you are the ones chosen by God, … chosen to be a holy people, God’s instruments to do his work and speak out for him. 1 Peter 2:9-10, The Message Last weekend, we were shocked by news of a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville. The… Read more »

Prayers for Peace on the Korean Peninsula

by Kurt Esslinger, Mission Co-worker serving in Korea My family had only just arrived from Korea for a six-month visit to supporters in the USA when we woke up the next morning to threats of “fire and fury” from President Trump, which dramatically escalated tensions around the Korean peninsula. Up until that time, tensions had been… Read more »

Hope in the Midst of Crisis: The Siege of Marawi

by Juan Lopez, Mission Co-worker in the Philippines On May, 23, 2017, the Philippine city of Marawi was besieged by Muslim extremists. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte declared martial law for the region of Mindanao in response to the terrorist attacks linked to the radical Islamist Maute group in the city of Marawi. Clashes have occurred… Read more »

Moving Towards Reconciliation through Our Shared Experiences

by Richard and Debbie Welch, Mission Coworkers in Guatemala “We know our partnership is just beginning, but we need to share with you something very important to us. You have the letter from our association of Q’eqchí presbyteries. You have read of the isolation, indignity, and neglect our people have endured as indigenous members of… Read more »

A Personal Journey of Living in Dialogue with Muslim Friends

by Debbie Braaksma, Presbyterian World Mission, Africa Area Coordinator My journey in Christian Muslim relations began just over three decades ago when I began an eleven-year assignment as a Reformed Church in America (RCA) mission coworker serving with the Orma people in a remote area of Kenya towards the Somali border. Through the experience of… Read more »

World Mission Guidebook

by Stephanie Caudill, Mission Associate for Resources and Promotion, Equipping for Mission Involvement, Presbyterian World Mission World Mission’s new guidebook is now available!  World Mission’s latest guidebook “Called to Mission: Finding Our Place in God’s Mission” provides tools and resources for U.S. Presbyterians interested in getting involved in God’s work around the world. Whether your congregation… Read more »