PC(USA) Mission Co-Workers Mark Hare and Jenny Bent

From their base in the Dominican Republic, Mark and Jenny are committed to serving Haitians and Dominicans. Mark, an agricultural technician, commutes across the Haitian border to serve with the Peasant Movement of Papaye (MPP). There, Mark works with farmers developing systems that produce more food with minimal labor. In the Dominican Republic Jenny and Mark serve with the Evangelical Dominican Church, supporting their Community Health Evangelism program—an integrated approach that helps communities identify physical and spiritual needs and take action to meet those needs. One aspect of CHE that attracts Jenny and Mark is its emphasis on people using local resources to change their lives. Jenny and Mark are energized by the Holy Spirit blowing through, transforming them as well as those with whom they work.Mark and Jenny are the parents of two daughters, Keila and Annika.  To learn more about the wonderful work these two remarkable missionaries are doing, visit https://www.presbyterianmission.org/ministries/missionconnections/mark-hare-and-jenny-bent/

PC(USA) Mission Co-Workers Carlton “Cobbie” and Dessa Palm

The Outreach Committee expanded support of mission workers to help address the funding crisis faced by the Presbyterian Mission Agency.  The Presbyterian Mission Agency faces the very real possibility of not replacing retiring mission workers and prematurely ending the service of other mission workers.

While we continue to support the work of Mark Hare and Jenny Bent in Costa Rica, we have added to our supported mission family.  Their names are Carlton “Cobbie” and Dessa Palm, serving in the Philippines.  They have been identified as being at-risk for being recalled because of the decreased funding.  Some information about Cobbie and Dessa and their mission follows.

Cobbie earned a bachelor’s degree from Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Fla., and the Master of Divinity degree from Union Theological Seminary in New York City. He worked on the staff of the World Council of Churches before entering mission service.

Dessa earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of the Philippines and advanced degrees from Silliman University and the New School for Social Research in New York City.  In addition to her background in the dramatic arts she has also worked in nonprofit management.

Cobbie leads seminars for local church pastors throughout the Philippines, enhancing their skills in church development and revitalization.  He also develops curriculum and trains churches in peace and reconciliation for the Philippine Ecumenical Peace Platform. Dessa coordinates the UCCP’s Theater for Evangelism and Advocacy, which seeks to train church workers and members to creatively communicate the gospel and bear witness to the transformative role of a caring and compassionate church.

For several years in the Philippines Cobbie directed the spiritual formation program at Silliman University’s Divinity School.  In 2010 he began a ministry as a mission facilitator for the UCCP.  Dessa, who married Cobbie in 2006, came under mission appointment in 2012.

Both Cobbie and Dessa were born in the Philippines.  Cobbie’s parents were longtime Presbyterian missionaries James and Louise Palm, and Dessa is of Filipino descent.  “I have been deeply blessed by the opportunities the PC(USA) has offered me to serve the Lord,” Cobbie says, “in all that I do, and into each new ministry where God leads me, my presence brings to that place the presence of the PC(USA).”

Find out more at www.pcusa.org/cobbie-and-dessa palm.

Living Waters for the World

Living Waters is the global mission program of the Synod of Living Waters (Presbyterian Church USA) that trains and equips church mission groups and others to share the gift of clean water with communities in need, and to empower their partners to continue purifying their water on an ongoing basis. Clean waters systems are provided both in Appalachia and other countries.  A local Board member is from our church, and this program receives funding in the outreach budget of the church.