Mission Challenge ’09 speakers commissioned

Mission workers, international peacemakers will visit 152 presbyteries

September 25, 2009


With hymns, prayers, scripture readings, dessert and exhortations to get plenty of rest, 46 Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) mission workers from around the world were commissioned for the church’s month-long “Mission Challenge ’09” last night (Sept. 24).

Today, they fan out throughout the church, where between now and Oct. 21 they will visit congregations and other groups in 152 of the denomination’s 173 presbyteries, telling their stories of ministry and mission and seeking stronger ties with mission-minded Presbyterians.

The mission workers will be joined by 11 International Peaceamakers — representatives of PC(USA) partner churches around the globe, who will tell their stories of working for and witnessing for peace in some of the world’s most troubled places. The International Peacemaker program is sponsored by the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program.

The commissioning service was held during the fall meeting of the General Assembly Mission Council. GAMC members offered prayer for each participant: “Lord, grant (name) the grace today to commit his/her life to the Lordship of Jesus Christ without reservation and grant (name) further the grace to know your strength and your guidance as he/she shares stories of your wonderful work in your world.”

Mission Challenge ’09 will culminate Oct. 22-24 with World Mission Celebration ’09 in Cincinnati. The celebration will include plenary presentations on various aspects of Presbyterian world mission, workshops, and meetings of many of the PC(USA)’s three dozen mission networks.

Mission workers participating in Mission Challenge ’09 are Mark Adams, Mexico; Bernie and Farsijana Adeney-Risikotta, Indonesia; Doug Baker, Northern Ireland; Jeff Boyd, Cameroon; Nancy Collins, Egypt/Zambia; Frank Dimmock, Lesotho; Susie Frerichs, Mexico; Carol and Leith Fujii, Thailand; Sue Ellen Hall, Sudan; Mark Hare, Haiti; Sarah Henken, Colombia; Magda Iskandar, Egypt; Joe Kang, Russia; Tracey King, Nicaragua; Jed Koball, Peru.

Also, Karla Koll, Guatemala; Choon and Yen Hee Lim, Taiwan; Tricia Lloyd-Sidle, Cuba; Pix Mahler, Haiti; Roger Marriott, Guatemala; Paul Matheny, Philippines; Ann and Bill Moore, Japan; Barbara Nagy, Malawi; Mary Nebelsick, Philippines; Doug Orbaker, Nicaragua; Burkhard Paetzhold, Eastern Europe; Carlton (Cobbie) Palm, Philippines; Gary Payton, Russia, Poland, Ukraine and Belarus; Ingrid Reneau, Sudan; Amy Robinson, Mexico.

And Dennis Smith, Guatemala; Ellen Smith, Russia; Bill Soldwisch, Mexico; Chenoa Stock, Sri Lanka; Dave and Susan Thomas, Mexico; Nuhad Tomeh, Lebanan, Syria and Iraq; Esther Wakeman, Thailand; Bruce Whearty, national staff support, Louisville; and Sue and Ted Wright, Zambia.

Itinerating International Peacemakers are Piotr Anatolyevich Romme, Russia; Delia Leal, Guatemala; Vinita Eusebius, India; Diego Higuita-Arango, Colombia; Mary Lien Nguyen, Vietnam; Younan Shiba, Iraq; Nazeli Vardanyan, Armenia; Probe Augustin Mukendi Kabongo, Democratic Republic of Congo; Lameil Phiri, Zimbabwe; Joel Tendero, Philippines; and Orozu Lokine Daky, Sudan.

Information about and letters from PC(USA) mission workers around the world is at the Mission Connections Web site.