As regional liaison, Jo Ella cultivates and nurtures the PC(USA)’s relationship with mission partners in Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Jamaica and with other church partners in the Caribbean through CANACOM, the Caribbean and North American Commission on Mission. Jo Ella shares their stories with congregations in the United States and shares with partners what she has learned in years of ministry in Latin America and elsewhere through Presbyterian World Mission. In addition, she is a resource to other mission co-workers serving in this region and to the many PC(USA) presbyteries and congregations who have mission partnerships in the Caribbean. She is based in the Dominican Republic.
John supports pastors of the Presbyterian Church of Taiwan (PCT) in a country where only 3 percent of the population is Christian. Outreach in Taiwan can be challenging, and the possibility of burnout is high. In groups, John and the pastors pray, read Scripture, and dream. They encourage each other to be faithful and visionary leaders. John also works with the native Taiwanese (aboriginals) who have been most open to the gospel, but also the most marginalized people on the island. In addition, John teaches at all three seminaries of the PCT and leads conferences for youth and young adults.
We serve as country leaders for WGM (World Gospel Mission) Kenya and minister at Tenwek Hospital and with Correctional Ministry of Africa Gospel Church.
In a joint effort with the Malawi College of Medicine, Martha is working with the Nkhoma CCAP (Church of Central Africa Presbyterian) Mission Hospital in their new family medicine residency program, which began in 2016. Previously, Martha worked as a doctor for 14 years at Embangweni and Ekwendeni hospitals, which are also part of the health ministries of CCAP. During that time, she served on Malawi’s Family Medicine Task Force, of which this training program is a fruit. “I am very excited to be able to contribute to the Malawi government’s and our partner church’s joint effort to meet the overwhelming health needs of the Malawian people.”