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Today in the Mission Yearbook

Asia and the Pacific

Presbyterians and Mission Partners Spread God’s Love Through Service


June 15, 2016

The Asia referred to in the Bible is but a small area, compared with what the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) now refers to as Asia and the Pacific. At the same time, the call to communicate the good news to all has not faded over centuries. The way in which we work with global partners to convey the message of the unconditional love of God now happens in thoughtful and creative ways as well as in a wide variety of contexts.

Mission co-workers are sent to serve in institutions such as the Chinese University in Hong Kong at Chung Chi Divinity School; Duta Wacana Christian University in Yogyakarta, Indonesia; Payap University and MacGilvary Seminary in Chiang Mai, Thailand; and Yu Shan Theological College in Taiwan—just to name a few. These professionals develop leaders for churches in Asia through courses in subjects such as sacred music, art, church history and the Holy Spirit. In Presbyterian World Mission, we stand alongside global partners to fight for justice on issues of reconciliation that address migration and human trafficking, Muslim-Christian interfaith dialogue, environmental justice and food security. Root causes of poverty beckon us to participate in projects that build schools for young children so that a generation might be educated in places such as Thailand, the Philippines and Pakistan. We are also called to accompany global partners in efforts that enable sisters and brothers to strengthen their abilities for self-sustaining ventures of all kinds.

The journey with our mission co-workers and global partners is one full of amazing stories and experiences rich with all the fullness of life. We are grateful for those whose prayers, participation in mission trips and financial support make this journey possible.

Mienda Uriarte, Presbyterian World Mission Asia and the Pacific Coordinator

Let us join in prayer for:

Rick Turner, PMA
Kitty Ufford-Chase, PMA

Let us pray

Dear God, we are grateful for your presence with us—for the witness of your love through one another and through the natural world that surrounds us. We pray that we may be open to encounter your Spirit and hear your voice in new ways. Amen.

Daily Lectionary

Morning Psalms 89:1-18; 147:1-11
First Reading Numbers 11:24-33 (34-35)
Second Reading Romans 1:28-2:11
Gospel Reading Matthew 18:1-9
Evening Psalms 1; 33