Presbyterian World Mission funding gap may force recall of 40 mission co-workers by 2017

Former moderators urge prayer and sacrificial giving in open letter

May 5, 2015


In the 1970s, when the United Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) was faced with bringing mission personnel home from international service due to funding, the Synod of the Trinity said, “Don’t do that without first letting us know.”

Now, four decades later, 22 former Moderators of the General Assemblies of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and its predecessor churches have written an open letter asking for fervent prayer and sacrificial giving to meet a funding gap of $925,000 in 2016 that could widen to $4.5 million in 2017, resulting in the recall of approximately 40 of the 162 mission co-workers.

“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,” says Hunter Farrell, director, Presbyterian World Mission.

“We’ve been at this for 178 years,” says Linda B. Valentine, executive director of the Presbyterian Mission Agency. “It takes the support of the whole church—individuals, families, congregations, ministries, networks and friends working together—to transform lives. There are 94 million people in the world today who are members of churches started by the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) This is a legacy, a responsibility, and hope for the future that our witness will continue.”

The Presbyterian Mission Agency invites you to read and sign the moderators' letter, read a letter from the Presbyterian Mission Agency, and make a donation to show your support. 

  1. I grew up in Congo as a "mish kid" and those roots have served me well. I am very distressed to learn of the funding shortfall that is squeezing our denomination in a way that makes fulfilling the great commission so difficult. We still have a very large denomination. We have been pioneers in mission. We have the ability STILL to reach beyond our borders and beyond our sanctuary walls and reach the corners of the globe. Why are we not doing it? I think we've been distracted and focused inwardly by all the polity battles. It is time to once again focus outwardly and engage in missions to a mighty degree. I challenge every Presbyterian to join this effort and give as much as you can to strengthen our on-going efforts of global outreach!

    by Jimmy & Jan Shafe

    July 24, 2015

  2. Am I correct that this is not a one time gift challenge but the need for on-going funding?

    by Bill Hathaway

    May 6, 2015