A place to share and discover mission stories, best practices and concerns in a search for more faithful and effective mission involvement.



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Welcome to Mission Crossroads! We hope you will enjoy using this site to connect with and learn from others who are passionate about engaging faithfully and effectively in God’s mission in the world.

The following document outlines the purpose of the site and provides information about membership and important security issues. Please read it carefully and save it for future reference; your membership in Mission Crossroads implies you have read and agreed to the site’s purpose and guidelines outlined here.

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We in World Mission sometimes refer to “security countries”. These are places in which we have mission personnel about whom we have special security concerns. Read more about security countries:

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Latest Activity

Elizabeth Searles commented on Ruth Barnard's group Volunteers Sought
"NOROC ("New Opportunities for Romanian Orphaned Children") could use a media/online presence/computer-assisted learning consultant. We welcome interns of any age from any where. This "internship" could be virtual--no need to be…"
Elizabeth Searles commented on Burkhard Paetzold's group Roma People Bridging Group
"The urgency and need is greater than ever, for sure, Bernie and Judy! Xenophobia, hate speech, stigmatization and exclusion seem to be getting stronger, even as advocacy grows. . . . to be anticipated, in a way. More Roma-led organizations means…"
Elizabeth Searles commented on Burkhard Paetzold's group Roma People Bridging Group
"Glad you appreciated it, Leslie! And here's a new initiative: https://romadebates.wordpress.com/2015/04/01/european-roma-institute/ "
Leslie Foltz-Morrison commented on Burkhard Paetzold's group Roma People Bridging Group
"Thank you Liz Searles for sharing this Open Society video on "Roma Organizations and Roma-Led Change". https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tQf4vJttdzU  Articulate 6 minute presentation reinforcing that donors need to support Roma…"
Bernie and Judy McKee commented on Burkhard Paetzold's group Roma People Bridging Group
"It's good to learn that Roma are determined to advocate for themselves but they need the support from as many folks as ever....and more. "
Steve Weber is now a member of Mission Crossroads PC(USA)
Thomas W Blair updated their profile
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Mission Committee Best Practices

Started by Christine Coy Fohr in Sample Title Jul 25, 2014.

Bibles for Kenya

Started by Kevin Allen Cox in Sample Title Jun 2, 2014.

Guidelines to local church mission committees

Started by Dave Thomas in Sample Title May 14, 2014.

Blog Posts

Trauma-Informed Practice and New Opportunities for Romanian Orphaned Children

Posted by Elizabeth Searles on March 6, 2014 at 2:09am 2 Comments

Celebrate with us!! Thanks to Presbyterian Women and PC(USA), over eighty helping professionals learned more about trauma-informed practices--concrete ways we can help heal broken lives. Eamon Anderson keynoted and the discussion groups were AMAZING. Much that she introduced was entirely new to our context.

Here in Tulcea, Romania, PC(USA) partner NOROC works with institutionalized children of trauma in over ten institutions in the county. A disproportionate number of those children…


conferences on Children with Trauma in Hungary and Romania

Posted by Burkhard Paetzold on February 14, 2014 at 4:29am 1 Comment

Together with the Reformed Church in Hungary, Ellen Smith and Carolyn Otterness (RCA) we have prepared a conference on Children with Trauma. It will start tonight in Berekfürdö, Hungary. Keynote speaker is Eamon Anderson (University of Montana). Out of the 60+ registered participants from different denominational backgrounds in Hungary and neighboring countries many are involved in ministries with Roma.

There will be another conference on this Topic and with Eamon in Tulcea/Romania on the… Continue

Church Committee focuses on Persecuted Christians

Posted by Stephen Schlarb on November 21, 2013 at 12:27pm 0 Comments

Hi to all: This is to announce that our church, Woodhaven Presbyterian Church in Irving, TX, set up a Committee this summer to gather and report news on persecuted Christians around the world.

  We organize prayers & support, and have partnered with the Synod of Syria & Lebanon (undergoing severe crises). Our General Presbyter (Grace Presbytery), and other PC(USA) personnel have visited the area. 

    We have set up…


Pray for the situation in Kenya

Posted by Debbie Braaksma on September 22, 2013 at 10:06am 1 Comment

Please pray for the situation in Kenya. There is currently a stand off at West Gate Mall in Nairobi where at least 59 people have been killed by al-Shabab militants. Our mission personnel are safe  but concerned for the safety of friends & colleagues. Debbie Braaksma


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