AGENDA FOR August 2017 MMN CONFERENCE (updated
- subject to change
THURSDAY, August 10, 2017
|12:00 - 6:00 P.M. Registration
- Hampton Inn|
|5:30 - 6:30 P.M. Dinner - First Presbyterian
Church of La Vista, NE|
8:00 P.M. Welcome / Conference
Overview / Introductions: Mr. Doug Kee
|8:00 Worship- |
FRIDAY, AUGUST 11, 2017
|6:30 - 8:00 A.M. Breakfast - Hampton Inn|
|8:30 - 8:45 A.M.|
Morning Worship - Rev Levi Nyondo
|8:45 - 9:45 A.M.|
Keynote - Rev. Levi Nyondo - General Secretary
- Synod of Livingstonia CCAP
|9:45 - 10:15 A.M. Norfolk Schools in Malawi
- Dr. Joe Mtika|
|10:15- 10:30 A.M. CCAP
Education Coordinator Position? - Rev. Debbie
Braaksma; Mrs. Janet Wells|
|10:30 - 11:00 A.M. Break/Snacks View
|11:00 - 12:00 A.M. Miracle of Early Childhood
Food Security; Preparation for Education; Care Givers; Christian
Moderator: Mrs. Mary Phiri
Panelists: Mrs. Mary Phiri, Mrs. Leslie Lewis, Ms. Agnes Nkhata, Rev
|12:00 - 1:00 P.M. Lunch
- Hosted Conversation Groups with Agencies/Speakers|
|1:00 - 2:00 P.M.
6 agencies - 10 min each
- Marion Medical Mission
- Africa Bags
- Ministry of Hope
- Embangweni Deaf School
- Malawi Solar Lights Project
- University of Livingstonia
|2:05 - 2:45 P.M. Book Release -
Africa the Great Omission (A call to Disciple Nations)|
By Professor Dick Day Presented by Mrs. Betty Day
|2:45 - 3:15
Break & View & Discuss Displays
PCUSA Mission Updates|
- Rev. Debbie Braaksma
- Ms. Nancy Collins
- Mrs. Nicole Gerkins
- Rev. Dr. Donna Sloan
|4:00 - 5:00 P.M. Improve
& Enhance the Quality of Life in Malawi|
Betty Day, Mrs. Mary Phiri, Mrs. Phyllis Wezeman
|6:00 - 7:00 P.M.
|7:00 - 8:00 P.M. - Entertainment -
Omaha Street Percussion|
|8:00 P.M. - Worship |
SATURDAY, AUGUST 12, 2017
|6:30 - 8:00 A.M. Breakfast - Hampton Inn|
|8:30 - 8:45 A.M. Worship-|
|8:45 - 9:45 A.M. - Mission as Partnership|
Moderator: Mr. Tom O'Meara
PANEL: Rev. Levi Nyondo; Ms. Joyce Faltis-Serenil;
Mrs. Mary Phiri
|9:45 - 10:30 P.M. Specific Partnerships|
- Mr. Doug Kee - Church to Church
- Mr. Rich Keller - Church to Church
- Rev. Judy Henderson - Presbytery to Synod
|10:30 - 11:00 A.M. - Break/Snacks - View Displays|
|11:00 - 12:00 P.M. - Empowering
Moderator: Dr. Deborah Kippley
Panelists: Mrs. Ruth Nyondo, Ms. Helen
Mrs. Mary Phiri - Malawi
Mrs. Shireen Tawadrous, Mrs, Hyakhour Bol Chuol - South Sudan
SUNDAY, August 13, 2017
|6:30 - 8:00 A.M. Breakfast - Hampton Inn|
|10:00 A.M. Worship Service - Faith Presbyterian Church
- Preaching: Rev. Levi Nyondo - Synod of Livingstonia Gen. Sec.;
Mrs. Mary Phiri - Gogo Grandmothers & Sadzi CCAP update.
|11:15 A.M. Potluck with Faith
Depart to Airport
Keynote Speaker Rev. Dr. Levi N. Nyondo
General Secretary, Church of
Central Africa Presbyterian (CCAP)
Synod of Livingstonia
Rev. Dr. Levi N. Nyondo
holds a Master’s degree in Practical Theology from Aberdeen University,
Scotland, and PhD in Theology from Malawi University.
Before becoming a minister,
Rev. Nyondo was trained as a primary school teacher. He was ordained as a
minister for the CCAP Synod of Livingstonia in 1988 after obtaining a
Licentiate in Theology from Zomba Theological College.
Levi served in four
congregations in the Synod of Livingstonia [Bandawe,
Mabiri, Euthini and St. Andrews in Mzuzu, but also served as a
minister for Pitlochry Parish, Scotland from 2000-2001, as part of the
Faithshare Program of the Church of Scotland. In 2009 Levi initiated a
partnership between Livingstonia Synod and the Hungarian Reformed Church, in
cooperation with First Presbyterian Church, Jefferson City MO.
From 2004-2008 Levi served
as Livingstonia Synod Moderator. In 2008 he was elected General Secretary.
In 2012 and again in 2016, he was reelected. In his role as General
Secretary, Levi is responsible for all administrative duties including
external contacts with government and partners.
Levi is married to Ruth
Annezia Nyondo, who will accompany him at the Malawi Mission Network
Conference. The Nyondos have
children and three grandchildren.
Representative from SAFE
Mary Phiri is SAFE’s National ECD/OVC and Gogo
Coordinator. She has a BA in Child and Youth Care from the University of
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, through the Early Child-hood Virtual
University (ECDVU), sponsored by UNICEF - Malawi, under the auspices of the
Ministry of Women and Child Development, awarded in 2004.
Mary has worked in collaboration
with Government and UNICEF to train District Social Welfare Officers and
project officers from NGOs that are implementing EDC/OVC programs in the
country. She has also been involved in building the capacity of parents and
volunteers that are caring for orphans and
vulnerable children n Community-Based Child Care Centers (CBCCS), through
ECD training workshops organized at both district and national levels. She
has also participated in the development of key ECD documents and other
teaching and learning materials, like the ECD Policy, Basic Training Manual,
CBCC Profile, and Caregivers Guide.
Mary has ten years experience in child and youth care, the
development of cultur-ally appropriate curriculum for young children, use of
local stories, and development of materials using locally available
resources for children’s play at home, in CBCCs and pre-schools.
Day lived in Lilongwe, Malawi for five years with her husband,
Dick Day Jr. and family. During that time, she fell in love
with the people and the country of Malawi. Just as she and her family moved
back to the United States in 1990, her in-laws, Dick Sr. and Charlotte Day,
moved to "the Warm Heart of Africa" to begin teaching at the University of
Betty is the Assistant Director of
the Gogo Grandmothers chapter at Burke Community Church in Virginia. She
helped to launch the group in 2013 and, since, then, she has been the
speaker at various Gogo events and has provided leadership in fund raising
efforts for the ministry in Malawi. She also serves on the U.S. board for
Betty has a Masters of Education and has been a primary
school teacher for many years. She returned to Malawi in 2004 to lead
several teachers’ workshops in Blantyre and Zomba. Since then, she traveled
to Malawi several times, including in 2015 to help produce some short films
documenting the work of SAFE.
and her husband Dick live in the New York City metro area. They are the
proud parents of four adult children and have six delightful grandchildren.
Lewis is the U.S. Coordinator for Gogo
Grandmothers, a non-profit ministry that assists the work of
SAFE(Sub-Saharan Africa Family Enrichment) in Malawi Africa.
Since 2005 Leslie has led Gogo Grandmothers - training
U.S. leaders of Gogo Groups, raising up Gogo sponsors, connecting them to
villages and projects in Malawi, and providing monthly communication for
news and prayer in her E-newsletter, Kernels From the Maize Bag.
Leslie oversees the development of materials for SAFE’s 22
sponsored Community Based Childcare Centers, SAFE-Life Youth clubs and
village Gogo groups and prepares teams to do the training. She also
coordinates funds to train Malawian teachers in SAFE’s Why Wait? Life skills
Presbyterian World Mission,
Africa Area Coordinator
As Africa Area Coordinator Debbie is responsible for facilitating and
resourcing PCUSA partnerships in Africa. She
supports Regional Liaisons in their work with 34 African partners and 40
mission personnel serving in Africa and is a member of the World Mission
Leadership Team. Debbie grew up in
the First Presbyterian Church in Cambria Wisconsin.
Her call to cross-cultural
service began as she served as a literacy teacher in Mexican migrant worker
camps in the congregation’s Operation Friendship program throughout her high
She is an ordained minister and served as a Reformed
Church in America (RCA) Mission Worker in
an evangelism and community development ministry with semi-nomadic Muslim
pastoralists near the Kenya/Somalia border for 11 years and as the RCA
Africa Supervisor for 7 years.
Debbie served as a PCUSA/RCA mission
worker engaged in peacebuilding and trauma healing in Sudan from 2005 until
2010. She served as the Principal of the RECONCILE Peace Institute and also
led community-based trainings in areas of South Sudan experiencing high
levels of inter-ethnic conflict. She co-authored “Bringing Healing to
Traumatized Children” and has been involved in the Sudanese peace building,
outreach and children’s ministries of Beechmont Presbyterian Church in
Louisville, where she serves as a parish associate.
received a Master of Theology degree from the University of Edinburgh and a
BS in Social work from the University of Minnesota. She is married to Del
Braaksma and is the mother of four children and has seven grandchildren.
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. Nancys special focus is on the
evangelism, leadership development and church-growth work of PC(USA) partners in those
Long-term volunteer; Professor of church history at Zomba Theological
During her two-year period of service, Donna
Sloan will teach church history and ethics as a professor at Zomba
Theological College in Malawi. Donna will serve students from all five
Church of Central Africa Presbyterian synods: Blantyre, Harare,
Livingstonia, Nkhoma and Zambia. Donna will seek to encourage students at
Zomba Theological College as they train to be pastors who can share the good
news of God’s reconciling love in Jesus Christ in ways that transform their
Donna first felt the call to mission service when she was a child, telling
anyone who asked that she wanted to be a missionary nurse when she grew up.
After graduating from high school, Donna became a registered nurse, but did
not have the opportunity to enter mission service. Instead, she earned a
bachelor’s degree in sociology, master’s degrees in divinity, public health
and theology, and a doctorate in interdisciplinary arts and sciences with a
focus on the inter-relatedness of religion and health. Donna said her
professional life has always had a missional character. She is an ordained
minister and her experience in health care, ministry and education have
enabled her “to have a positive impact on people at the most basic and
fundamental physical, spiritual and mental levels.”
|Tyler A Holm
M.A. Theology; M. Divinity
University of Livingstonia, Faculty of Theology
|Tyler serves in Mzuzu, Malawi, at the invitation of the Church of Central
Africa Presbyterian (CCAP), Synod of Livingstonia. Tyler serves as a
lecturer of systematic theology and church history at the Faculty of
Theology at the University of Livingstonia, which prepares future CCAP
ministers and leaders in society.
|Thomas J. O'Meara,
Jr., J. D.
University of Livingstonia, Laws Campus
|Tom O'Meara is a Ruling Elder at Shepherd of the Hills Presbyterian Church
in Austin, TX. Tom serves as a lecturer in Communications and Research
Methods at the University of Livingstonia Laws Campus.
|Ms Agnes Nkhata
Chairwoman of Malawians in Texas Org.
Director of Timalechi Nursery School of Embangweni