Learn about Madagascar in New York

In the New York City area? Consider learning about the church at work in Madagascar.

Madagascar: The Witness of the Church
 A Brown Bag Lunch
12:00 – 1:30 p.m.
September 26, 2011
Presbytery of New York City
475 Riverside Drive, Suite 1600

The Rev. Hubert Rakotoarivony and Dan Turk will speak to the current situation in Madagascar and efforts of the Church of Jesus Christ in Madagascar (FJKM) to respond.  An island of incredible beauty, Madagascar currently experiences growing poverty, environmental exploitation, and an increase in sex trafficking during a time of political crisis.  In this setting, the followers of Jesus in the FJKM proclaim the Gospel and work for forgiveness, peace, and justice.

The PC(USA) has been partnering with the FJKM church since the 1970s in the areas of evangelism, agricultural development, community health, safe drinking water, work with vulnerable children, and addressing the HIV/AIDS issue.  Part of the Presbyterian Women’s 2011 Thank Offering will help build an FJKM boarding home to enable girls from rural areas to attend high school.

The Rev. Hubert Rakotoarivony, a minister in the FJKM, leads his denomination’s Commission on the Life of the Country and works as resource person at the ecumenical Christian Council in Madagascar on forgiveness, peace, justice, and reconciliation.
Dr. Dan Turk has been a PC(USA) mission co-worker in Madagascar since 1997. His work with the FJKM environment program focuses on growing fruit trees as a way to help farmers escape poverty and growing native trees for environmental education. 

The presentation by the Rev. Rakotoarivony and Dr. Turk is made possible by a partnership through the Synod of the Northeast, Presbyterian World Mission, the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program and the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations

RSVP to Mark Koenig, Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations

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