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[PCUSANEWS] Six new international mission workers appointed

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Date Wed, 21 Feb 2007 09:48:37 -0500

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07101 February 21, 2007

Six new international mission workers appointed

Will serve in India and Latin America, and at the United States/Mexico border

by Catherine Cottingham World Mission Communication Volunteer

LOUISVILLE - Four newly appointed Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) international mission workers have begun their service overseas and two others anticipate leaving for their assignments in coming weeks.

Jacob Goad facilitates the visits of PC(USA) mission teams and delegations who travel to Peru. A member of Alamance Presbyterian Church in Greensboro, NC, he has gone to Peru at least once a year for the last seven years to participate in various ministries of the Evangelical Presbyterian and Reformed Church of Peru. He is based in Lima.

David and Susan Hudson, who have previously lived and served in Korea and Pakistan, will be the PC(USA)'s regional liaisons for South Asia. Based in New Delhi, they will travel as needed to Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, and Sri Lanka. The Hudsons are co-pastors of Bethesda Presbyterian Church in Aberdeen, NC, where they have served since 2000. David previously served as interim general presbytery for Peace River Presbytery in Florida in 1999 and 2000 while Sue was an associate pastor for family ministries at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Venice, FL. Earlier David was pastor of Troy (NC) Presbyterian Church. They will be accompanied by their daughter, Mary Elizabeth, 15. The Hudsons' overseas assignment will begin once they have secured visas.

Chris McReynolds is the U.S. coordinator of Project Amistad, a binational United States/Mexico border ministry based in Laredo, TX, and Nuevo Laredo, Mexico. For six years he was treasurer and member of the board of directors of Project Amistad. A member and an elder at First Presbyterian Church in Del Rio, TX, he is working on a Master of Divinity degree from Fuller Theological Seminary.

Bill Richter, who previously served as a Young Adult Volunteer in Guatemala and has been giving volunteer service at the Puentes de Cristo border ministry in Reynosa, Mexico, and McAllen, TX, is now U.S. coordinator of this binational ministry. As a YAV he taught English and introduction to computers at the Colegio Juan Calvino in Suchitepequez. He is a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church in DeKalb, IL.

Vicki Smith, who has had 24 years of teaching experience, is serving with the United Church in Jamaica and the Cayman Islands teaching music at Iona Preparatory School in Tower Isle, Jamaica. Smith, an ordained elder, is a member of Webster (TX) Presbyterian Church.

The new mission workers completed orientation in January, first in Toronto with mission candidates from other churches who studied mission history, missiology, Biblical foundations for mission, and cross-cultural skills. The Presbyterian appointees then came to Louisville for Presbyterian-specific orientation to mission as well as to their specific assignments.

The ministries of Goad, Richter and Smith are being funded through the Mission Initiative: Joining Hearts & Hands, a five-year, $40 million campaign to raise funds for new overseas mission personnel and church development in this country, particularly new racial ethnic and immigrant congregations.


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