AGENDA FOR August 2013 MMN CONFERENCE (updated 8/9/13) - subject to change



bullet3:00 - 5:30 P.M. Registration
bullet6:00 - 7:00 P.M. Dinner
bullet7:15 - 7:45 P.M. Welcome &  Worship - Rev. Karen Berns
bullet8:00 - 8:45 P.M. Gathering Activities to engage entire group 
bullet8:45 P.M.  Conference Overview  followed by First Timers Orientation


bullet7:30 - 8:15 A.M.  Breakfast
bullet8:30 - 8:50 A.M.
Worship - led by Rev. Emily Campbell
bullet9:00 - 9:45 A.M.
Keynote -Rev. Joseph Mwale - Deputy General Secretary -   Synod of Livingstonia CCAP
Including Q&A
bullet10:00 - 11:00 A.M. Agency Updates - 6 agencies @ 10 minutes each
bulletMalawi Matters - Phyllis Wezeman
bulletMarion Medical Mission - Jim Nussbaumer
bulletAfrica Bags - Todd Petiss
bulletMinistry of Hope - Janet Wells
bulletY Malawi - John Gash
bulletMedical Benevolence Foundation - Lynn Workman
bullet11:15 - 12:00 P.M. What's New with PC(USA) World Mission
Debbie Braaksma, Nancy Collins, Frank Dimmock, Shannon Beck
bullet12:00  - 1:00 P.M.   Lunch 
bullet1:15 - 2:00 P.M.
Malawi Big Picture - economy, aid, development, politics : 
    James Munthali - former IMF & Govt. of Malawi economist
bullet2:15  - 3:00P.M. -Synod Workshops
    Livingstonia Synod (Tom O'Meara)
    Blantyre Synod
    Nkhoma Synod (Phyllis Wezeman)
bullet3:00 - 3:30 P.M.
bullet3:30 - 4:15 P.M.   Dr. Bryant Myers - Fuller Theological Seminary
   Christian Framework for Development
bullet4:30 - 5:30 P.M.  "What We Are Doing" stories - 12 groups @ 5 minutes each
bullet6:00- 7:00 P.M.
bullet7:15 -8:00 P.M.  Gathering Activities & Announcements
    Jack Allison - former Peace Corps volunteer with songs & stories
bullet8:30 -8:45 P.M. - Closing Vespers & Prayers - Debbie Braaksma


bullet7:30 - 8:15 A.M.   
bullet8:30 - 8:50 A.M. Worship
bullet9:00- 9:45 A.M.  -Roundtable discussion about Partnershiops
    First Presbyterian Church, Plymouth, MI (Rev. Emily Campbell); Y- Malawi (John Gash)
    Eastern Oklahoma Presbytery (Jeanne Kvach) - response from Debbie Braaksma & Rev. Mwale
bullet10:00 - 10:45 A.M.  Workshops: 
    Children at Risk - Dr. Dave Scott, Fuller Seminary 
    Theological Education in Malawi - Rev.  Mwale, Tyler Holm
bullet11:00  - 12:00 NOON
Brief Agency Updates - 6 @ 10 minutes each
bulletGlobal Aids Interfaith Alliance - Eva Banda
bulletGoGo Grandmothers - Leslie Lewis
bulletOpportunity Bank - Char Caldwell
bulletWorldReader - Sharon Langevin
bulletNational Black Presbyterian Caucus - Otis Smith
bulletUniv. of Livingstonia - Tom O'Meara
bullet12:00 NOON - 12:50 P.M.   
Lunch   - hosted tables by Speakers
bullet1:00 - 1:45 P.M.  Public Health  Update
Dr. Barbara Nagy,  Dr.Martha Sommers & Frank Dimmock
bullet2:00 - 2:50 P.M. Use of Technology in Malawi - Round Table - Jim Nussbaumer; Dr. Martha Sommers;
Sharon Langevin; Rich Keller
bullet2:50 -3:20 P.M.  Break
bullet3:20 - 4:05 P.M. Workshops -
    Money Matters/Microfinance - Jim Hamilton (Opportunity International Bank)
    Culture & Language - Jack Allison   
bullet4:20 - 4:45 P.M.  Network Meeting
bullet4:45 - 5:15 P.M. Prayer Time for Partners, Ministries and Concerns
bullet5:15 - 5:45 View Displays by Agencies
bullet6:00 - 7:00 P.M.  Dinner  
bullet7:15 - 9:00 P.M. -   Movie "Brink of Survival" with Q&A  after with
   Martha Sommers

SUNDAY, August 18, 2013

bullet7:30 - 8:15 A.M.  Breakfast
bullet8:30 - 9:00 A.M. Closing Worship  Service

    Depart to Airport

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Dr. Bryant Myers Dr. Bryant Myers

Bryant Myers joined the faculty of Fuller as professor of transformational development in 2006. A lifelong activist dedicated to Christian relief and development work around the world, Myers brings many years of experience with World Vision International to the Fuller community. He served primarily in senior management roles for WVI, most recently as vice president for development and food resources.

A published author on poverty and transformational development, humanitarian aid, and world mission, Myers’ most recent works include Exploring World Mission: Context and Challenges, Walking with the Poor: Principles and Practice of Transformational Development, and Working with the Poor: Insights and Learnings from Development Practitioners. He has also published numerous articles, and held speaking engagements in multiple locations around the world.

At the conference, Dr. Myers will speak on the Christian framework for development, a topic that touches every aspect of our ministry together in Malawi.
  Dr. David Scott  Dr. David Scott

David Scott joined the faculty at Fuller in 2012, though he actually began his career at Fuller in 2003 when he helped to develop the first School of Intercultural Studies class on children at risk. Since that time he has continued to provide strategic leadership in the development of the Children at Risk emphasis while also serving in a variety of administrative capacities.

He began his current role as associate director of the Center for Missiological Research in 2009, and in this role he has helped many students through their ThM and PhD programs. Dr. Scott is also responsible for administering a number of other programs and events in the School of Intercultural Studies, including the Global Research Institute (Fuller’s post-doctoral fellowship program for non-Western scholars) and the annual Missiology Lectures.

Scott’s ministry experience includes almost ten years with Viva (formerly Viva Network), an Oxford-based nonprofit that networks Christian organizations working with children at risk; helping them to develop relationships with like-minded groups locally, regionally, and globally in order to facilitate the sharing of ideas, strategies, and resources. His role with Viva involved facilitating the development of academic children-at-risk training programs at different Christian institutions worldwide.

Debbie Braaksma 

As Africa Area Coordinator Debbie is responsible for facilitating and resourcing PCUSA partnerships in Africa. She and her husband Del served as a Reformed Church in America Mission Workers for 11 years in Kenya where they were involved in community development and friendship evangelism with Muslim pastoralists. Debbie was the RCA Africa Supervisor for 7 years. From 2005-2010 the Braaksma's served as a PCUSA/RCA mission co-workers engaged in

peacebuilding and trauma healing in Sudan. Debbie was the Principal of the RECONCILE Peace Institute and led community-based trainings in areas of Sudan experiencing high levels of inter-ethnic conflict and traumatization.  She received a Master of Theology degree from the University of Edinburgh and a BS in Social work from the University of Minnesota. 

nancy_collins.jpg (7744 bytes)    Nancy Collins

Nancy Collins was appointed regional liaison for East Africa in June 2009. Previously, she served in Cairo, Egypt, from January 1998 until January 2009.


In her new role, Nancy facilitates PC(USA) relationships with partner churches and institutions in Kenya, Malawi, Rwanda and Zambia. She also provides support for PC(USA) mission personnel and is a resource for U.S. congregations who are in a relationship with one of our partners in the region. Nancy’s special focus is on the evangelism, leadership development and church-growth work of PC(USA) partners in those countries.
Frank Dimmock

In March 2013, Frank was appointed to a staff position as the Poverty Alleviation Catalyst for PCUSA World Mission. In this position Frank will network U.S. Presbyterians and Global Partners to address the underlying causes of poverty. Initially, the focus will be a campaign based on literacy training and improving quality of education. The Dimmock family is in the process of relocating to Lusaka, Zambia where his wife Nancy will serve as the coordinator for a Young Adult Volunteer Program (YAV) and CCAP Zambia HIV/AIDS Youth Desk Specialist. Frank will divide his time between USA and Lusaka.
The Dimmocks have served in Africa since 1985. They were first in Lesotho for 6 years, and then in Malawi for 15 years. From 1997 through April 2013 Frank served as a Health Consultant/liaison for PC(USA) with partner churches across Africa. Special areas of focus were strengthening national Christian Health Associations in Africa, building capacity of Christian hospitals, and addressing issues of Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC’s).

Frank was born in the U.S.A. He is the son of the late Rev. Dr. Al Dimmock and Mrs. H. Dimmock. He has a BS degree in pre-med from North Carolina State University. He also has a Masters of Public Health and Tropical Medicine degree, and he completed doctoral work in International Public Health and Epidemiology from Tulane University. In 2010 he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Davidson College.
Dr. Barbara Nagy

Barbara, a specialist in internal medicine and pediatrics, was appointed in January 2004 to serve as a physician at Nkhoma Hospital, Nkhoma, Malawi, an institution of the Church of Central Africa Presbyterian, Nkhoma Synod.

Because of the shift in PC(USA) World Mission emphasis from curative to preventative health care, Barbara returned to the USA in 2012 to pursue a master’s of public health degree at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. She expects to finish the program in Spring 2014. PC(USA) World Mission is currently exploring potential placements for Barbara in Africa beginning in Fall 2014.
Barbara holds an M.D. from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, and a Bachelor of Science from Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She also has a degree in tropical medicine from the Prince Leopold School of Tropical Medicine, Antwerp, Belgium.

Barbara has three daughters, Melia, Anna, and Happiness.

martha_sommers.jpg (6408 bytes)  Dr. Martha Sommers

Martha Sommers was appointed to serve as a family physician with Church of Central Africa Presbyterian Synod of Livingstonia in 1997, first as a mission volunteer and then a PC(USA) mission co-worker. Her most recent assignment was at Ekwendeni Hospital, which is known for its community health work and success in emergency triage and treatment of children under 5.

Martha returned to the USA in mid year 2012. She was on Interpretation Assignment through December. As of January 2013 she began a one-year leave of absence to work in a hospital in order to “tune up” her medical skills. She is undergoing supervised clinical experience to renew her Family Practice skills and update her continuing education credits.

World Mission has updated her job description for the future to make it more congruent with the critical global issues (she will be doing more teaching), and it is likely that she will return to work in one of the Synod of Livingstonia Hospitals.

Martha received a bachelor’s degree in microbiology with a minor in theology from the University of Notre Dame in Indiana in 1986. She earned her medical degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1990 and followed this with family practice residency at Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia.