The dance of partnership

Once upon a time one of you, dear readers, suggested I might introduce you to the work of our mission personnel in the Andean region. I’m in Lima this week and was delighted to participate in the Red Uniendo Manos Perú general assembly on Thursday. So it seems appropriate to introduce you to Jed Koball, companionship facilitator for the Joining Hands network here in Peru.

DSCN0309Jed has been serving in Peru since 2009, working with the Red Uniendo Manos and their partners in the Presbytery of Giddings-Lovejoy and other groups from the PC(USA). Jed has a gift for story-telling, and his most recent newsletter talks about partnership as a dance.

“Is this not what partnership in mission is about in so many ways? Is this not why we stumble down this road of international mission, full of potholes and pitfalls? Partnership is a dance. It is awkward. It opens the door to trips and stumbles. Sometimes we even fall down. When the rhythm changes, our flaws are too often revealed. We depend on our partners to trust in us and vice versa. We depend on Grace.”

I invite you to read Jed’s latest newsletter and pray for his ministry seeking systemic change and greater justice with our partners in Peru.

From the blog archive: Joining Hands Peru (lots of videos!)


About Sarah

I serve with Presbyterian World Mission as liaison to the Andean region. This blog is a place to share stories, experiences, and observations, both my own and those of friends and colleagues and the occasional item of news.
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