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Pr e s by te r i a n s To d ay | FEBRUARY/MARCH 2018 11 children it's going to be all right, that what we're doing is good, it is amazing," she said. "One penny or one dollar has a rippling effect that is changing lives and communities." — Rick Jones PC(USA) delegation visits South Korea A PC(USA) delega- tion traveled to South Korea in November 2017 in response to an overture and resolution adopted at the 222nd General Assembly (2016), focusing on the reunifi- cation of the Korean Peninsula and the need to build upon the increasing momentum toward peace. Leading the delegation was the Rev. Dr. J. Herbert Nelson II, stated clerk of the Office of the General Assembly (OGA). He was joined by the Rev. Jose Luis Casal, director of Presbyterian World Mission, the Rev. Robina Winbush, assistant stated clerk and director of OGA's office of ecumenical relations, and the Rev. Mienda Uriarte, coordinator of World Mission's Asia-Pacific office. The Revs. Ed Arnold and Ed Kang, members of Cayuga-Syracuse Presbytery and originators of the overture, also attended, as well as several OGA and Presbyterian Mission Agency representatives. The group participated in a service at the No Gun Ri Peace Memorial, attended by survivors and families of the victims — mostly women and children — who were killed by a U.S. air attack and by small weapons fire under the railroad bridge there. Nelson said that while the Church cannot apologize for the government of the United States, it will be steadfast in its commitment to urge the U.S. govern- ment to admit its wrongdoing and compensate survi- vors and their families. "Our presence here today is to witness to the truth about our own nation's dismission of the No Gun Ri massacre. It is clear we are a nation that is ashamed of its occurrence; however, it seems more convenient to ignore its repercussions," Nelson said. — Kathy Melvin Challah shared table space with Hungarian cinnamon bread, chicken biryani, Jell-O salad and Swedish meat- balls. The freewill offering raised more than $500 for a local homeless shelter. "In a time when there is so much fear and distrust in society, seeing so many people from different back- grounds celebrating and respecting one another is a shining example of the beloved kingdom," Willadsen said. Planning is already underway for next year's festival. Trailblazer helps others start businesses Karen Brown has a passion for helping people start businesses. The Baltimore native, who grew up in the Presbyterian Church, has been working for the past five years as a grant writer for a nonprofit in Baltimore called Intersection of Change. "A group of young people have started a business selling T-shirts, jewelry and tote bags. They submit- ted a grant request to Baltimore Presbytery's Self- Development of People (SDOP) Committee and received funding for two consecutive years," said Brown. "Another is an urban farm called 'Strength to Love,' managed by returning citizens. It received funding from the national SDOP as well as the local SDOP two or three years ago." Brown says these types of success stories motivate her to keep working. "I know the impact, having worked with under- served populations as part of my ministry for the last 25 years, coming across one barrier after another," she said. "We're opening this up to very disenfranchised individuals and organizations that cannot get tradi- tional funding." Brown, who has served on the national SDOP committee for a year, says she and other committee members are simply doing what God has taught them to do. "I see my God as a God of the oppressed and so when I see God's work and magical hand telling his Karen Brown, a member of the Presbyterian Committee on the Self-Development of People, has helped young entrepreneurs start businesses. A PC(USA) peace delegation participated in a service at the No Gun Ri Peace Memorial.

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