The featured missionaries are those who are currently or have recently been supported by PEVA member churches.
The featured missionaries are those who are currently or have recently been supported by PEVA member churches. Each of these missionaries are featured for “Designated Giving” selection when churches do their annual unified and designated giving decisions. Funds remitted to PEVA under the “Designated Giving Code” are consolidated with those of all the churches supporting a selected missionary and forwarded to PC(USA) approximately every month citing which church contributed to the support of which missionary.
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Designated Giving Code: #2010
Carol and Daniel Adams
Dan and Carol Chou Adams are mission co-workers who have served with the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) since 1974. Following five years of service at Taiwan Theological College in Taipei, Taiwan, Dan and Carol moved to Korea, where they have taught at Hanil University and Presbyterian Theological Seminary since 1983. Dan is a professor of theology and Carol is a professor of Christian education. Both have responsibilities for teaching Korean undergraduates and graduate students. In addition, they also teach courses on theology, mission and Asian studies in the Asia Pacific Graduate School of Theological Studies, a program that prepares Asians and Africans in theology and mission.
Designated Giving Code: #2013
Yukiko Altman has been under appointment as a missionary with the PC(USA) since 1972. She now lives in Tokyo, where she is assigned to the United Church of Christ in Japan. Since 2000, she has been a caseworker with the Asian women’s shelter HELP (House in Emergency of Love and Peace), a refuge for non-Japanese women who have escaped from the sex industry. HELP also serves the survivors of domestic violence, both Japanese and non-Japanese. Yukiko is the widow of Dr. Harry Altman, also appointed in 1972. Harry died in a mountaineering accident in the summer of 2000.
Designated Giving Code: #2019:
Nadia Ayoub is beginning a new appointment serving in the Ukraine in early childhood education. She has been under appointment of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) since 1997 when she served in Central Asia first as a long-term volunteer in women’s ministry, and then as a mission co-worker with various responsibilities in social services.
Born into a Christian family in Egypt, Nadia and her family immigrated to the United States in 1985. “By age 10, I was aware of the loving friendship I have with the Lord Jesus Christ and I trust him as my Savior.”
Before she left Egypt, she had earned her Bachelor of Science degree in agriculture from Ain Shams University in Cairo and also her Bachelor of Science degree in Christian theology from the Evangelical Theological Seminary in Cairo.
In the Ukraine, Nadia will develop and assist the Reformed Church in Carpath-Ukraine to implement church-related early childhood education programs for Roma children in marginalized Roma communities. This pre-evangelism outreach will steadily improve the self esteem and status of Roma children and their parents in the eyes of other Roma and of those in the larger Ukrainian society. In addition, she will work with international and national full-time volunteers to develop a comprehensive early childhood development program that can be used by other communities in Central and Eastern Europe.
Designated Giving Code: #2020:
Doug and Elaine Baker
Doug Baker has been under appointment as a PC(USA) mission worker since 1979 and Elaine Baker since 1985. Though their roles have changed over the years of their ministry in Northern Ireland, their ministry has always served the cause of peacemaking and reconciliation.
Doug graduated from the University of Washington in Seattle in 1972 and received his Master of Divinity degree in 1976 from Princeton Theological Seminary. He served as associate pastor of Trinity Presbyterian Church in Berwyn, Pennsylvania, until his appointment to Ireland. Doug is a clergy member of the Presbytery of Donegal.
Elaine Baker is a native of Belfast and first became involved in reconciliation efforts with the Corrymeela Community in the early 1970s. From 1973 to 1984 she taught 11- to 18-year-olds at Belfast Royal Academy and contributed as a volunteer to various Corrymeela programs. She now does some substitute teaching and works alongside Doug on particular projects, including hosting the Young Adult Volunteers and visiting groups. Elaine is a member of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland and an active elder in their local congregation, Stormont.
Elaine and Doug are the parents of three children, Niall, Fiona and Stephen.
Designated Giving Code: #2030:
Timothy and Yuko (Juji) Boyle
Tim and Juji Boyle were first appointed to serve in Japan in 1982 by the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) in a joint appointment with the United Methodist Church. Since October, 2007, they have been in the Osaka-Kobe area, where Tim is assigned to the Buraku Liberation Center in Osaka and Juji to the Shin’ai Home in Kobe.
The ministry of the Buraku Liberation Center involves human rights and discrimination issues, focusing on a kind of caste-like discrimination within Japanese society that has marginalized and victimized a group of people based entirely on their lineage from those who were considered outcasts in feudal Japan. Tim’s ministry is to communicate the plight of these people to the international community and facilitate cooperation with ministries in other countries dealing with similar issues.
Degignated Giving Code: #2040
Ruth Charles Brown
Ruth Charles Brown is a Mission Co-Worker who is developing community coalitions for sustainable agriculture. She is working in partnership with the PC(USA) churches, PC(USA) World Missions, and the Presbyterian Church of Congo (Kasai), Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Designated Giving Code: #2060
Frank and Nancy Dimmock
Frank and Nancy Dimmock have been under appointment as PC(USA) missionaries since June 1 1985, which happens to be the day they were married. In fact, they interrupted their honeymoon to be commissioned during the General Assembly that year.
The Dimmocks’ latest appointment, which began in August 2007, is to Lesotho, where Frank serves as PC(USA)’s Africa Health Liaison. He works with partner churches and ecumenical agencies to develop programs for children. In addition, he coordinates the Christian Health Associations of Africa and is part-time advisor to the Christian Health Association of Lesotho. His work requires him to travel frequently to Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Zambia, South Africa, Cameroon and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Designated Giving Code: #2078
Michael and Nancy Haninger
Mike and Nancy were appointed in June 2000 and assigned to Christian Medical Institute of the Kasai (IMCK) and the Good Shepherd Hospital in Tshikaji. They serve in partnership with the Presbyterian Church of the Congo.
The IMCK is a multi service health complex located in Tshikaji, nine miles from Kananga, the hub of central Congo. Founded in 1954 by the American Presbyterian Congo Mission, the facilities and services include a 160-bed reference and teaching hospital, schools of nursing and laboratory technology, a clinical teaching program for medical school students, a residency program in family medicine and a range of community health programs.
Mike’s primary role as a physician is educating nursing students, medical students and family practice medical residents with emphasis on reducing maternal and newborn injury and death including the prevention and repair of obstetric fistulas. He also participates in supervision, direct patient care and public health in the health zone of Tshikaji.
Nancy does direct patient care and educates village health workers. She supervises a regional nutrition rehabilitation center for severely malnourished children and is involved with several community-based integrated health and development projects. One of the projects promotes the use of the highly nutritious leaves of the moringa tree to combat malnutrition. Another does literacy and development training for women.
Designated Giving Code: #2090
Thomas and Judy Harvey
Tom and Judy Harvey have been under appointment as mission co-workers since 1997. Until the summer of 2008, they served at Trinity Theological College in Singapore. Now Tom is dean of the Overseas Center for Mission Studies in Oxford England, which celebrated its 25th anniversary the week of Tom’s arrival.
With more than 140 part-time or full-time students working toward their Master of Philosophy or Ph.D., OCMS has a graduate program larger than most university departmental doctoral programs with research into areas as diverse as displaced youth in Romania, HIV/AIDS in Africa, conflict resolution in Kenya, biblical hermeneutics and the Anglican Church of Malaysia.
Designated Giving Code: #2197
Louise (Pix) Mahler
After serving as a Hunger Action Enabler (HAE) for 14 years in the Presbytery of the Peaks (Virginia), Pix Mahler was appointed partnership facilitator for Haiti. The transition from HAE to partnership facilitator was a natural one. As HAE, Pix promoted and interpreted the Presbytery of the Peaks’ relationship with the Episcopal Diocese of Haiti, the PC(USA)’s partner in the country. She now does the same for all churches and middle governing bodies interested in doing ministry in Haiti. She has brought to her new tasks a deep knowledge and long experience of how the PC(USA) does mission in partnership.
Pix serves God’s mission by nurturing relationships between Presbyterians in the United States and various ministries of the Episcopal Diocese of Haiti. She sees her work as being a channel of communication between the PC(USA) and the Diocese in Haiti. “I help people in the United States discover what gifts they may have that are applicable to ministry with our partners,” she says.
Designated Giving Code: #2139
Nancy was appointed in January 2009 as a mission co-worker to serve as health coordinator with ACROSS, the Association of Christian Resource Organisations Serving Sudan. She serves at the invitation of the PC(USA)’s partner in southern Sudan, the Presbyterian Church of Sudan
Designated Giving Code: #2141
Barbara and Larry Moir
Appointed in July, 2009, the Moirs teach English at the Bethel Evangelical Secondary School (BESS), an institution of the Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus (EECMY). One of Ethiopia’s most highly regarded schools, BESS is located in the Didessa Valley, the “bread basket” of Ethiopia, about 200 miles west of Addis Ababa.
BESS serves students from grades nine through 12. About half of the students live on campus, so BESS forms its own community on the outskirts of the town of Dembi Dollo. BESS runs a small farm both to train students in modern agriculture and to help feed the students who board there.
Designated Giving Code: #2196
Leslie and Cynthia Morgan
Les and Cindy Morgan have been serving as missionaries for the PC(USA) in Bangladesh since 1989. After serving three years at the Christian Health and Agricultural Project in Ahladipur (CHAPA), they joined as health advisors for the Church of Bangladesh (COB) and were stationed at Christian Mission Hospital (CMH) in Rajshahi for 13 and a half years. In August 2006, the Morgans relocated to the capital city of Dhaka, where they serve as advisors for the Church of Bangladesh health ministries.
The Morgans continue to serve at Christian Mission Hospital, traveling back and forth to Rajshahi once or twice a month. CMH is an 80-bed facility that serves Muslims, Hindus and Christians from the greater Rajshahi area. Patients come to CMH because of its reputation for compassionate care for the sick. The hospital’s nursing school has a four-year training course with 60 students who are learning to serve the sick in Christ’s name.
Designated Giving Code: #2145
Simon and Haejung Park
Simon and Haejung Park were commissioned to mission service with the PC(USA) in 1998. After serving for three years in Congo, three years in Nepal, and three years in the United States, the Parks moved in January 2007 to serve in South Korea, the country of their birth.
Haejung is currently associate in the chaplain’s office of Hannam University in Daejeon, Korea, assisting the chaplains and the staff as they nurture the university community in the spirit of Christ.
Beginning in September 2010, Haejung will become the site coordinator for the new Young Adult Volunteer site in Seoul. Young adults can apply to the program at PC(USA)’s “One Door” website.
Haejung and Simon accompany the university community on behalf of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and help develop closer ties between the PC(USA) and the university.
Designated Giving Code: #2160
Larry and Inge Sthreshley
Larry and Inge Sthreshley have been under appointment as mission co-workers since 1987. Larry is director of Project AXxes, a large rural health organization that builds and maintains a health infrastructure for rural Congo.
AXxes focuses on health outcomes (as opposed to building institutions) in southern and eastern Congo, including regions caught up in what has been called the “world’s deadliest war.” Larry heads a team of 50 people that has an impact on the health of eight million people—fighting malaria, TB, malnutrition, and childhood illnesses such as diarrhea and respiratory infection.
Designated Giving Code: #2180
Michael and Rachel Weller
PC(USA) Editor’s note: Michael and Rachel Weller are currently in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where Rachel is a full-time student earning her degree in nursing and Michael serves as the Regional Liaison for the Horn of Africa, dividing his time between Pittsburgh and Africa.
Michael and Rachel Weller were appointed in 1994 to serve in Ethiopia with the Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus (EECMY). Michael is PC(USA)’s regional liaison for the Horn of Africa, where PC(USA) works with partner churches in Sudan and Ethiopia. Rachel is health coordinator for the East and West Gambella Bethel Synods of the EECMY in western Ethiopia.
The Wellers began their service in Ethiopia in Dembi Dollo in the remote western highlands, where the first Presbyterian mission was established in 1919 to combat the worldwide flu epidemic. From 1994 to 2001, Michael taught at the Gidada Bible School, which trains adults for various positions of leadership within the church. Michael helped put together a curriculum so students could receive a diploma at the end of three years of study and pursue ordination as pastors.
Designated Giving Code: #2190
Timothy and Gloria Wheeler
Tim and Gloria have been under appointment by the PC(USA) since 1990 and have served since then in Honduras. Tim now serves as regional advisor for Heifer Project International in Central America, Mexico and the Caribbean. He is responsible for strengthening the training, evaluation, strategic planning, administration and team-building capacities of Heifer projects in the region.
Gloria coordinates study tours and mission team visits from the United States. Some teams work in an urban setting, others work in one of the 20 local Heifer partners and others travel to western Honduras to help the Chorti-Mayan people build homes.
Designated Giving Code: #2195
The Rev. Alice Winters teaches Bible and biblical languages in the School of Theology of the Reformed University of Colombia. She is also on the editorial council of RIBLA (acronym in Spanish for the Journal of Latin American Biblical Studies) and participates in ecumenical Bible study programs for the Latin American Society of Biblical Scholars. She has translated several Old and New Testament textbooks into Spanish and has numerous publications in Spanish and English in the areas of biblical studies and mission. She has been under appointment since she was commissioned in 1977.
The Reformed University was granted official recognition by Colombian government in 2002 and provides leadership training for many different denominations along the Caribbean coast of Colombia. The university stresses the study of Scripture in the original languages and seeks to integrate all theological studies in the context of the social and economic situation in Latin America. In addition to candidates for the gospel ministry (and a number of pastors who never had a chance to study theology) many students in the university are laypersons, often professionals in other fields who are active church leaders and seek theological training in order to relate their faith to their secular work and their daily lives.