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Swords Into Plowshares

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

South Africa: Siyaya

In an explosion of sound, color and movement, Siyaya (“We Are Moving”) proclaims a message intended to “capture hearts, broaden minds, build bridges, and inspire hope and vision.” Siyaya is an HIV/AIDS educational ministry affiliated with JL Zwane Presbyterian Church…

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South Africa: He Did Not Like to Let Go

He liked to be high. And he did not like to let go. We visited a community-based orphanage for 15 children. JL Zwane Presbyterian Church supports the orphanage which is run by one woman and her daughter with help from…

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South Africa: JL Zwane Presbyterian Church and Centre

Our visit to the Guguletu Township on Tuesday, February 26, was coordinated by the JL Zwane Presbyterian Church and Centre. The Rev. Edwin Louw, Associate Pastor, Ms. Yvonne Daki, and Mama Nomazizi provided an introducation to the hope-filled, hope-instilling ministries…

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South Africa: What AIDS Can’t Do

On a wall in the Sothemba AIDS Action office, one can read a sign that says: What AIDS Can’t Do AIDS cannot cripple love. It cannot shatter hope. It cannot corrode faith. It cannot take away peace. It cannot destroy…

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South Africa: Live Life with Hope

“The judge slid his glasses down his nose and looked over the tops at me.” We stood in silence in the offices of Sothemba (We Will Hope) AIDS Action as Jacque Pondo, an HIV/AIDS counselor with the organization, reflected on…

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South Africa: Monday’s Visits

On Monday, February 25, we learned about ministries responding to HIV/AIDS related to BADISA, a joint ministry of the Dutch Reformed Church (synods of the Western Cape and Southern Cape) and the Uniting Reformed Church in Southern Africa (Cape Synod)….

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South Africa: A Witness to the Light

By Joy Gaska, guest author Today was our first day venturing out into the community to assess the current HIV/AIDS situation in Cape Town. We met with local Faith Based Organizations (FBOs) who readily welcomed us and shared with us…

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South Africa: The Arrival

This was originally written on February 23 but was only posted on February 25. “Yeah, we’re in Johannesburg! A whole new continent.” (Pause) “Well, an old continent—At least a different continent than the one we started on.” – Jean Schneider…

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South Africa: A Day of Beauty

Worship at Ndibongo Presbyterian Church by Joy Gaska. The original post for our trip is in my computer. We currently don’t have wireless internet, but we have found an internet cafe. So we will begin with reflections on Sunday, February…

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