Missionary Stories

Advancing the Human Rights of Persons with Albinism

June 13th was International Albinism Awareness Day. If you didn’t know it, be sure to put it on your calendar next year. To be honest, I wouldn’t have known it had I not walked past Mbandaka City Hall. After noticing the ceremonial set-up, I took a closer look at the banner hanging below the neatly arranged plastic chairs. The banner in French proclaimed “World Albinism Awareness Day, Theme: Accepting Persons with Albinism Because We Are the Same, Our Motto: Solidarity and Integration”. It was wonderful to see the city embrace the cause of battling the stigma of albinism, and officially locking arms with a minority population that is often spurned by the community.

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Peace and Cassava Leaves

Last September, I arrived in Sierra Leone to serve on the staff of the country’s Council of Churches and join efforts to advocate for girls and women. In the past 10 months of working in the Tonkolili District, I have gained a deeper awareness of and appreciation for the love of God as made known through the peace and justice ministries of the Council.

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Theology Class

First day of a new semester.  I have been assigned to teach three courses this term - none of which I really feel quite ready to teach after 25 years away from the academic life - but this is why I have been invited to come to the United Church of Zambia University theology department, and I have promised to give it my best effort.  Half the students are not here yet.  The class is supposed to include about 35 young-ish men and women.  Most of the students are working on their second careers, most of them hoping to enter the UCZ ordained ministry, though a few will become police, army or hospital chaplains, maybe social workers, or something similar.  But, half of them are not here yet.  Still traveling to Kitwe from far away - most people do not realize how large Zambia is - and some still collecting money to pay their registration fees.  The UCZU is not expensive by North American standards, but it costs more to attend here than most young Zambians can comfortably pay.  For whatever reason, about forty percent of the class is not present or ready to start the new semester.  I am heartbroken because my initial lecture lays the foundation for what theology is all about and what tools most of us employ to think theologically … and half of my class is not here.  I will have to re-teach later the lessons about openness to extra-biblical theological sources.

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Summer Update-Kenya

Greetings in the most Precious name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!

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Who are our neighbors?

Everyday on my way to and from work I always saw the same mother and child sitting on the ground on the corner, not too far from my house.  I could not help but notice her skin was full of blisters and she always held an umbrella over her head. One day she was no longer sitting there. Every day I passed her by and never thought about the deeper implications of this woman with albinism might face.

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New Beginnings

Tomorrow, it will be a week since I arrived in Kitwe, Zambia.  There is plenty to adjust to and I think I will be adjusting for…. a while.   My husband and I are living in a little cottage on the campus at the university sponsored by the Zambian mission partner of Global Ministries, the United Church of Zambia (UCZ).   Since my arrival, I have met so many people that have taken the time to tell me "Welcome to Zambia."  I am already feeling welcome and anxious to begin my work with students in the library/computer lab.

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Thanking God and You! / Part 2

Dear Friends,

Greetings from Nairobi, Kenya!

God has been faithful to me and my family throughout the year 2017. The All Africa Conference of Churches is where I am assigned to serve as Global Ministries co-worker. The department of Peace, Diakonia, and Development under my leadership had planned many activities during the 2017. It will not be possible to share all in this letter but I will just give a few highlights.

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At the right place, at the right time...

Dear friends, partners and co-workers of Global Ministries,

It brings me no greater honor than to bring you up-to-date regarding my work at Kgolagano College, Gaborone, Botswana.

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Congo Reflections

As I reflect back over my last four years in the Democratic Republic of Congo, many advances can be seen at the Congo Protestant University/Université Protestante au Congo (UPC). New partnerships have been created, new systems put in to place, and new relationship possibilities have been presented. Constructing a future is a process that involves the efforts and commitment of many and a process that evolves with time, patience and dedication.

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Enlighten our Ways

Dear Beloved in Christ,

Thank you for your faithful prayers and support. I am forever grateful to God for your partnership in the building up of God’s kingdom. The love you have shown towards the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ has been a great source of blessing and encouragement.

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