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Meet the 2014 Peacemakers


2014 International Peacemakers

Thesee 12 individuals, nominated by our partner churches, served as our International Peacemakers in 2014.

nicole ashwood


Nicole Ashwood serves as the Education in Mission Secretary for the Caribbean and North America Council for Mission – CANACOM.   Once described as a rebel without a cause,  ‘Nicqi’ has indeed found her cause – representing the disenfranchised and promoting mission relationships with her Member Churches in the Caribbean and North America basin.  Nicqi is passionate about her people (being a native of Jamaica) and prefers to use the moniker MAD to describe her work and witness – Making a Difference – with  CANACOM.  She also serves with the World Council of Churches (WCC) as a Mover for Gender Justice and works with the World Council of Reformed Churches (WCRC) and the Council for World Mission (CWM) on areas regarding gender-based violence.




Yasmin Mosquera is a young adult and ruling elder with the Presbyterian Church of Apartado. She is member of the Presbytery of Urabá’s diaconate. The focus of her work is with vulnerable children and their families as director of the Presbyterian Church of Colombia (IPC)’s partnership with Compassion International Colombia. She has an 11 year old daughter.

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EGYPT - Ibrahim Makram

Ibrahim Makram serves as the Senior Director for Development in the Coptic Evangelical Organization for Social Services (CEOSS).  He has 32 years of experience in human rights based approaches to development, poverty reduction, institutional capacity building, advocacy, project management and leadership development..

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ETHOPIA - Rev. Tseganesh Ayele Asele

Rev. Tseganesh Ayele Asele is an EECMY ordained minister. She is married and has two children. Her area of study is theology and leadership with a special emphasis on conflict resolution and peacemaking. She has also invested her time in Gender and Diversity studies. As the Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus (EECMY) Director for the Women's Department She has taken special training in the roles of women and peacemaking and has emphasized this by conducting courses and workshops in many of the EECMY Synods on the topic of Women and Peacemaking.

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Lala Rasendrahasina has served as President/Moderator of the FJKM (Church of Jesus Christ in Madagascar) denomination since 2004. Prior to that he served as pastor beginning in 1985 to three different congregations and then served as secretary and deputy secretary of the Department of Church and Evangelism.  Madagascar has faced political turmoil since 1972, the most recent in March 2009 when a military coup replaced the democratically elected President. At that time, Rev Rasendrahasina was brutally arrested and detained.  As he says, “Many people have been put in prison due to their political conviction and because they are bold enough to speak the truth. The Christian Council of Churches in Madagascar has played an important role in truth and reconciliation in the country.”  Religious leaders have been called upon to mediate between the major politicians in order to resolve the country’s crisis. Issues faced in Madagascar include poverty, violence, crime and skyrocketing unemployment.  Rev. Lala is married to another theologian and they have one grown son who was recently married.  He enjoys singing, films and outdoor fitness.

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Moses Makandwire is currently based in Malawi and works as a Director for Church and Society -CCAP Synod of Livingstonia.  He has vast experience in election monitoring and observation in the SADC Region. He has observed elections in DR Congo, Southern Sudan, Mozambique, South Africa, Zimbabwe and Tanzania.  He has also assisted in designing and implementing election projects in his country around 1999, 2004 and 2009 and for the forthcoming 2014 Tripartite elections.  He has written and presented papers on issues of good governance, peace and conflict areas, human rights and democracy.  He is completing his second Masters in Political Geography at the University of Malawi’s Chancellor College.  He also holds numerous postgraduate certificates and Diplomas in Human Rights, Project Management, Election and Peace and Conflict Studies.  He has held positions at International and national levels as a Chairperson for the SADC Civil Rights Network, SADC Election Support Network, Malawi Election Support Network (MESN), National Integrity Platform-Malawi and Civic and Political Space Platform.  He has servd as a Special Law Commissioner for Review of the Republican Constitution in Malawi between 2005 and 2007 and as a Negotiating team member for the Civil Society-Malawi Government Dialogue team during the post 20 July 2011 demonstrations.  He is married with three children. 

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Jocabed (Joca) Gallegos serves as the Mexican Coordinator with Frontera de Cristo, a Presbyterian border ministry located in the sister cities of Agua Prieta, Sonora and Douglas, Arizona. She is well acquainted with issues of violence, poverty, trade, health care, and family life faced by these two cities along the US/Mexico border. Joca is a graduate of the Presbyterian Seminary in Mexico City and has served in the Presbytery of Chihuahua.  She worked alongside her father in Hispanic Ministry in South Carolina for 3 years before returning to Mexico to develop her ministry.  She is a 4th generation Presbyterian, something that is uncommon in northern Mexico. Joca currently lives in Agua Prieta.

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PALESTINE- George Abueed

George Abueed is a Greek-Orthodox, young adult Christian who works with the Settlements Department of the Applied Research Institute of Jerusalem (ARIJ). He is a 2012 graduate of Bir Zeit University in Political Science and has had post-graduate training in the Europe Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Palestinian Authority. He is a resident of Beit Jala. George is described as a winsome person and good communicator who frequently meets with visiting groups to speak about current issues in Palestine.


Rev Irma Balaba serves as Assistant Program Secretary of the National Council of Churches in the Philippines - Church Unity and Ecumenical Relations.  She also acts as Regional Coordinator  of KARAPATAN (The Alliance for the Advancement of People’s Rights).  In her work she assists human rights victims in the region through education and training, campaigns and advocacy, legal services, fact-finding missions and providing sanctuary for human rights victims.   She has participated National Mercy Missions to the poverty stricken and highly militarized areas in the Eastern Visayas Region of the Philippines.


Victor Ignatenkov is senior presbyter or bishop of the Smolensk region of Russia (from the Russian Union of Evangelical Christians/Baptists), as well as pastor of Central Baptist Church in the city of Smolensk. His grandfather was executed for his faith in the 1930s, and he and his family lived through the persecution of Soviet times. During Soviet times, Christians were denied many educational and employment opportunities and the church was forbidden to practice any social ministry. With the collapse of the Soviet Union, they began to look beyond their walls and to reach out to those that suffered, including those that had persecuted them.   Today, their church is engaged in many ministries of reconciliation, including an orphanage ministry and rehabilitation ministry. 


Ellen Smith is the Regional Liaison for Eastern Europe and has, for the past thirteen years, with her husband Alan, coordinated the Congregational Twinning Program, a partnership program that  brings congregations together for friendship and mutual encouragement. The program connects Presbyterians with Baptist, Orthodox and Lutheran congregations, crossing the barriers of culture, denomination, history and language, seeking to break down Cold War stereotypes. Much of the Smith's work focuses on orphanage ministry, ministry to special needs children, rehabilitation ministry and the issues of HIV and AIDS. 

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Rev. James Ninrew currently serves as the Liaison Officer for the Presbyterian Church of South Sudan (PCoSS) in Juba. He is a human rights activist, especially in the areas of the environment and extractive industries. He is a founding member and sits on the board of directors of the Nuer Peace Council (NPC), is chairperson of the South Sudan Action Network on Small Arm (SSANSA), is executive director of Assistance Mission for Africa (AMA), and is a founding member of the South Sudanese Network for Democracy and Election (SSuNDE). He has been a minister with the Presbyterian Church of South Sudan for 19 years. James speaks English, Arabic and Nuer and is married with 7 children, 3 boys and 4 girls.


Rev. Salam Hanna serves as pastor of the Presbyterian Church of Latakia and as the Director of the Relief & Rehabiliation Prorgram for The National Evangelical Synod of Syria & Lebanon (NESSL).  He is a member of the Christian Education Committee of The Fellowship of Evangelical Churches in the Middle East and  of the Syrian Youth Committee at (NESSL).  He holds a theology degree from the Near East School of Theology in Beirut, Lebanon. Rev. Hanna enjoys playing the synthesizer, singing, listening to music, planning and organizing meetings and biking.





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