The Mission in Residence (MIR) Program began in 1998 and demonstrates the importance of mutuality in mission. The MIR Program is directed toward creating a deeper understanding of the work of our partners by facilitating visits to local churches from partners. It is designed to place these mission co-workers from our partner churches or organizations into American and Canadian churches, regions, conferences, assemblies, annual meetings and summer youth camps of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and the United Church of Christ.
It is our hope that as a result of members of our local congregations, experiencing the leadership of someone from another country and culture, will come to appreciate and respect the varied ways in which our partners approach similar challenges and creative solutions to our collective key issues facing the church even in our different contexts. The stories shared and experiences together ultimately broaden our vision of God’s work in the world. Most importantly, we hope that these experiences in mutuality will deepen the commitment of our congregations, camps, regions, and conferences to God’s mission in the world and their role in transformation.
Anita Grace Paul, Family Village Farm, Vellore, India
Melanie and Franck Ekofo, Community of Disciples of Christ in Congo (CDCC), Democratic Republic of the Congo
Angelica Rincon Alonso, Justapaz, Colombia
Maxene Jones, United Church of Jamaica and the Cayman Islands, Jamaica
Daphne Arias, Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Puerto Rico