Woman's unrestricted gift saves 15 missionaries' jobsWow!
by Jerry L. Van Marter
LOUISVILLE — A large unrestricted bequest from a Presbyterian woman will be used to maintain the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)'s overseas missionary force at its current level, General Assembly Council (GAC) Executive Director John Detterick said today (May 19).
The bequest comes on the heels of a May 1 GAC downsizing and restructuring that reduced the PC(USA)'s full-time missionary staff from 275 to 235 and threatened to shrink it further. The 40 positions were eliminated by attrition without pulling any missionaries from the field.
When it adopted the May 1 reorganization in late April, the GAC announced that the missionary force would have to be further reduced by at least 15 persons unless additional funding was found.
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