We drove 3 1/2 hours from the capital city of Antananarivo to the community of Moramanga. Fifteen minutes into the trip, we realized that one of our leaders, Mission Co-Worker Elizabeth Turk, was not in either vehicle. She had been left behind back at the hotel and phones were not working. Elizabeth is a very resourceful person and hopped into a taxi, catching up to us at a Total Petrol Station where Kirk was happily buying a motor oil container for his collection. So the bit of lost time was in no way wasted and maybe a lesson was learned about checking that the whole group was actually on board?!
What fills you with joy? Serve that.
There isn’t enough love and joy in the world,
but those are the spiritual and soul forces that nurture life.
May peace fill your entire being.
About the Travel Study Seminar –
The Presbyterian Church (USA)’s partner, the five million-member Church of Jesus Christ in Madagascar (known by its Malagasy acronym, FJKM), has multifaceted and holistic ministries that seek to respond to the challenges of poverty, human exploitation, social and political conflict, and environmental degradation as an integral part of what it means to follow Christ.
A group of ten US Presbyterians is visiting Madagascar November 7 to 17 under the auspices of the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program and Environmental Ministries to learn more about the FJKM’s various ministries of reconciliation and peace-building, as well as its efforts to promote sustainable human development whilst protecting the integrity of creation.
The group includes Rev. Carl Horton, the coordinator of the Peacemaking Program, and Douglas Tilton, the PC(USA)’s Regional Liaison for Southern Africa. In-country leadership is provided by PC(USA) Mission Co-workers Dan and Elizabeth Turk and two representatives of our FJKM hosts: Pastor Lala Rasendrahasina, the immediate past President of the FJKM, and Pastor Lala Nirina Rakotoarisoa, the former head of the FJKM’s Chaplaincy Program.