Bear one another’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.
Dear friends in Christ,
In the 1970s when the United Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) was faced with bringing mission personnel home from international service, the Synod of the Trinity said, “Don’t do that without first letting us know.”
I’m sending you this note to let you know that Presbyterian World Mission is standing at the same crossroads once again. Due to shortfalls in contributions in 2014, we are facing the prospect of having to recall up to 45 mission workers over the next two years.
Despite this sobering news, the messages of support we’ve received from across the church and from our partners around the world have been an inspiration to all of us who are working very hard to meet this challenge.
We need your help to ensure the future of Presbyterian World Mission presence around the globe. Please take a moment to read and sign a letter from 22 former moderators, asking for fervent prayer and sacrificial giving. In the shared belief that our mission workers are critically needed to serve the church of Jesus Christ around the world, I urge you:
- Pray to sustain our mission workers and global partners through this difficult time.
- Make a gift to World Mission, over and above what you’ve already planned for this year.
- Read and sign the moderators’ letter.
- Share the letter with your network via email, Facebook, Twitter, and other social media.
Our legacy of faithful and effective Presbyterian global mission service depends on you.
Thank you for your prayerful consideration.
Director, World Mission
Presbyterian Church (USA)
Linda B. Valentine
Presbyterian Mission Agency