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Swords Into Plowshares

Reflections from the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program and the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations

Malawi: “The Bible is a book for us.”

“We don’t need to lose people to AIDS.” Dr. Andy Gaston’s voice cracked slightly as he spoke during a PowerPoint presentation on the Livingstonia Synod AIDS Program (LISAP). He pointed to a picture of a friend and colleague who had…

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Malawi: Missionary Graves

On a slight rise, overlooking Lake Malawi, they lie. Young men. Young women. Children. Called by God in Jesus Christ to come to Malawi. Faithful to that call even unto death. We arrived at the old Bwandwe Church on the…

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Malawi: “We Are Building”

“This is where we are building our presbytery office.” Fields of maize surrounded us as our bus followed the dirt road to the site where the Dwanga Presbytery is working to build an office. It stands a short distance from…

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Malawi: Peacemaking and HIV/AIDS

“I wondered, what does peacemaking have to do with HIV/AIDS,” said the Rev. Kondwani Gondwe at the English language service on Sunday, March 2 at the Matiki Presbyterian Church. He took off the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program pin that he had…

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Malawi: Dinner at Kasasa

The Kasasa Sugar Estate dominates the villages of Dwangwa and Matiki. Some 750,000 hectares are planted with sugar cane. The sugar is also processed on the estate. Many of the people in the region are employed on the estate. The…

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Malawi: Pottery, Pizza, Monkeys

Some three hours north of Lilongwe, along the shore of Lake Malawi, stands the Nkhotakota Pottery Lodge and Coffee Shop. Across the lake you can see mountains in Mozambique. On the lake, fishermen ply small boats. When we arrived for…

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Malawi: The Pandemic Has United the People

On Saturday, March 1, the Rev. Lecton Kaluah, Secretary General of the Church of Central Africa Presbyterian (CCAP), and Kafumbi Njewa, administrator for the CCAP General Assembly, joined us after breakfast. The CCAP traces its history back to the efforts…

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Malawi: Reunion

Nora Goetz, Guest Author Our plane touched down in Lilongwe (February 29) without having to buzz the airport to shoo grazing cows away from the landing area! That may sound strange to you if you have never landed at Chileka…

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South Africa: “Our Myron?”

The travel/study seminar has been an experience of intersecting communities. There is the community of the travelers; over meals, in times of reflection, and during crowded bus rides we have bonded. There are the communities of our sisters and brothers…

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Malawi: Return to Lilongwe

Just a quick note to let everyone know we have returned to Lilongwe in Malawi. All are well. Tomorrow many of us return home and others continue their travels. More posts about the trip will follow shortly.

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