Every three years, a group of Presbyterian Women travels within the United States to connect concerns raised by past Global Exchanges with similar issues in the United States. With local mission projects as partners, the participants combine education with hands-on ministry during the weeklong trip. Participants encounter challenges to God’s promise of a beloved community and witness the faithful responses of Christians living and working in difficult situations.
For two years following the trip, participants are available to share their experiences in their synods and raise awareness of the ways people of faith confront the issues that divide us.
2016 USA Mission Experience to San Francisco Bay Area
Out of the Darkness . . . into the Light
A group of Presbyterian Women traveled to the San Francisco Bay Area in California, September 22–30, 2016, for PW’s fourth USA Mission Experience. They connected concerns raised by past USA Mission Experiences and Global Exchanges with similar issues in the Bay Area. Participants encountered challenges to God’s promise of a beloved community and witnessed to the faithful work being done by our sisters in the San Francisco and San Jose presbyteries.
The USA Mission Experience equips women with an understanding of the region’s history and culture, the existing ministry of the church and the challenges faced by local women and children. The goals for the trip were that participants would:
- learn about human trafficking, domestic violence and immigration issues;
- develop skills to advocate for immigrants and survivors of human trafficking;
- identify resources women can use to help eliminate slavery and domestic violence;
- examine the myths and realities of immigration; and
- explore personal immigration stories.
This trip included one woman from each synod, who, for the two years following the trip, shares with her synod what she experienced. Contact Kathy Reeves to connect with the participant from your synod.
Or read the January/February 2017 issue of Horizons to learn more.
To ask a question or to learn more about the USA Mission Experience, contact Kathy Reeves.