PC(USA) leaders call for urgent relief action in Malawi
Food shortages from this year’s flooding and drought reaching critical stage
The Malawi Mission Network, Presbyterian Disaster Assistance and Presbyterian World Mission have issued a call to a Day of Prayer and Fasting for the people of Malawi on World Food Day, Friday, October 16, 2015, followed by a Day of Action on Sunday, October 18 to collect contributions for food aid. Financial support can be provided through Presbyterian Disaster Assistance online, or by mailing a check to Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), P.O. Box 643700, Pittsburg, PA 15264-3700. Donations should be made as quickly as possible and designated to PDA Fund DR000158 for urgent assistance to Malawi and Southern Africa.
CALL FOR URGENT RELIEF ACTION: A day of prayer, fasting and fundraising—Sunday, Oct 16, for the 2 million people of Malawi affected by present and future food shortages brought on by torrential flooding in January followed by severe drought.
Severe rains and flooding have devastated parts of Malawi. See how the Presbyterian Disaster Assistance is responding.
Mission worker Martha Sommers featured in documentary film Brink of Survival; 9/21 screening
August 2012 Malawi churches establish Institute of Church Management
to provide training on strategic planning, human rights, conflict management, HIIV/AIDS management
Presbyterian work in Malawi has its roots in the Church of Scotland, the Free Church of Scotland and the Dutch Reformed Church of South Africa, which developed into the four synods that now make up the Church of Central Africa Presbyterian (CCAP), formed in the late 1940s. PC(USA) work in the country began in the mid 1950s and has been strong, through mission personnel and cooperative efforts with partner churches.
Malawi, a relatively small English-speaking country, is poor and has suffered from drought and floods as well as the spread of HIV/AIDS. The PC(USA) has been very much involved with its partner churches’ health and educational ministries, including theological education, through congregational relationships and both long-term and volunteer personnel. Ministries include health and development programs focusing on women and children, activities for youth, care for orphans, leadership development, and water and sanitation. The Chingali Project, a Presbyterian Disaster Assistance pilot project that is feeding 50,000 people and helping to revitalize crop production. In Nkhoma Synod, a new mosquito abatement project has dramatically reduced malaria rates among children in the target areas. The Presbyterians were influential in standing up for oppressed minorities in 1994 and bringing about a multiparty democracy.
Malawi Partner Churches
Church of Central Africa Presbyterian (CCAP) — Blantyre Synod
Church of Central Africa Presbyterian (CCAP) — General Synod
Church of Central Africa Presbyterian (CCAP) — Livingstonia Synod
Church of Central Africa Presbyterian (CCAP) — Nkhoma Synod
Embangweni School for the Deaf
Henry Henderson Institute Secondary School
Ministry of Hope
University of Livingstonia, College of Theology
Zomba Theological College
Malawi Mission Network
The Malawi Mission Network is among more than 40 networks that connect Presbyterians who share a common mission interest. Most participants are involved in mission partnerships through congregations, presbyteries or synods. Network members come together to coordinate efforts, share best practices and develop strategies.
- For more information contact Doug Kee or Phyllis Wezeman
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