Join us as we experience remarkable and complex regions and engage in meaningful cultural and religious dialogue.
Mission-study trips require preparation in advance of travel, and an expectation that participants’ minds and hearts will be stretched and changed. Orientation conversations are required.
Philippines & Hong Kong
May 1-15, 2020
Facilitator: Rev. Cathy Chang, Mission Co-Worker
This travel-study seminar will focus on the root causes and current challenges of forced migration and labor trafficking. Half of the seminar will take place in the Philippines, and the other half will happen in Hong Kong where families hire mostly Filipina and Indonesian domestic workers.
Special attention will focus on how faith-based communities are assisting migrant workers in their struggles for justice and human rights.
Need-based scholarships are available to Grace Presbytery participants.
Contact Joanna Kim via email or at 214-393-5602.
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.
rev. sharon bryant
Rev. Dr. Sharon Bryant is a Minister member of Grace Presbytery. She was appointed as coordinator of Christian volunteers with the Church of Christ in Thailand (CCT) in January 2011. She helps place volunteer English teachers in 25 schools supported by the CCT, orienting and equipping the volunteers, visiting them and the schools regularly and ensuring the overall smooth functioning of the Christian Volunteers Thailand Program. By expanding English offerings, the CCT hopes to strengthen the church’s witness as it gives Thai students an important tool for success in academia and international commerce.