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Swords Into Plowshares

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

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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Malawi: The Arrival

We reached the OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg around 9:00 AM. After checking in, we made our way to the gate for our South Africa Airways flight to Lilongwe, Malawi. For many in the group, this is their first…

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South Africa: Connecting Pain

Joy Gaska, Guest Author A question I struggled with last night was: “How has your pain connected with the pain you have witnessed”. As I reflect on that question what I struggle with is the world that I was born…

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South Africa: Possibilities for Ministry

How can we support the sisters and brothers in Christ, the programs, and the churches that we have met? How can we encourage Presbyterians individually and collectively to engage in ministries that respond to the HIV/AIDS pandemic? These are questions…

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South Africa: That They Will Have Strength

The Evangelical Presbyterian Church in South Africa (EPCSA), formerly known as the Tsonga Presbyterian Church, resulted from work of the Swiss Mission in South Africa that began in the Northern Transvaal in 1875. Today the Rev. Esther Maringa serves as…

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South Africa: The Prodigal Joins Us

On Wednesday we made our way to the Cape Town Airport for our flight to Johannesburg. There we were joined by the final member of our party to reach South Africa: Amanda Craft’s backpack. The backpack had quite the adventure;…

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South Africa: Rainbow School

It started in a building built of shipping containers. Today, the children of the Rainbow School after-school study programme fill the rooms of JL Zwane Presbyterian Church and Centre. They gather around teachers for two hours of tutoring. Children come…

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