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rev. cathy chang
From their home base in Manila, Philippines, Cathy Chang and Juan Lopez will help global partners address issues of migration and human trafficking. The UN’s International Labor Organization estimates 21 million people are victims of coerced labor and/or forced sexual exploitation. While human trafficking is a worldwide problem, countries in Asia are increasingly vulnerable. Cathy and Juan will work with Asian churches and non-governmental organizations to help coordinate efforts related to the scourge of modern-day slavery. They will also resource various programs of the Presbyterian Mission Agency and US congregations concerned about the issue.
rev. victor makari
Victor Makari serves as a regional consultant for the Diyar Consortium’s Religion and State Program. It examines the relationship between religion and governments in the Arab World and how a dominant religious majority’s views, prejudices, and even doctrine infringes on the rights of religious minorities, women and youth. Sara Makari edits English language publications produced by the Diyar Consortium and engages in a ministry of hospitality in the couple’s home. In his work as partnership liaison, Victor facilitates the joint mission work of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) in the region and supports the ministries of Presbyterian mission co-workers.