AGENDA FOR August 2017 MMN CONFERENCE (updated 6/8/17) - subject to change


THURSDAY, August 10, 2017

bullet12:00 - 6:00 P.M. Registration - Hampton Inn
bullet5:30 - 6:30 P.M. Dinner  - First Presbyterian Church of La Vista, NE
bullet7:00 - 8:00 P.M. Welcome / Conference Overview / Introductions:  Mr. Doug Kee   
bullet8:00    Worship-  


bullet6:30 - 8:00 A.M.  Breakfast - Hampton Inn
bullet8:30 - 8:45 A.M.
Morning Worship - Rev Levi Nyondo
bullet8:45 - 9:45 A.M.
Keynote - Rev. Levi Nyondo -  General Secretary -   Synod of Livingstonia CCAP
Including Q&A
bullet9:45 - 10:15 A.M. Norfolk Schools in Malawi - Dr. Joe Mtika
bullet10:15- 10:30 A.M. CCAP Education Coordinator Position?  - Rev. Debbie Braaksma; Mrs. Janet Wells
bullet10:30 - 11:00 A.M.   Break/Snacks View Displays
bullet11:00 - 12:00 A.M.  Miracle of Early Childhood Education
  Food Security; Preparation for Education; Care Givers; Christian Education
                Moderator: Mrs. Mary Phiri
                  Panelists: Mrs. Mary Phiri, Mrs. Leslie Lewis, Ms. Agnes Nkhata, Rev Levi Nyondo
bullet12:00  - 1:00 P.M.   Lunch  - Hosted Conversation Groups with Agencies/Speakers
bullet1:00 - 2:00 P.M. Agency Updates
    6 agencies - 10 min each
- Marion Medical Mission
- Africa Bags
- Ministry of Hope
- Embangweni Deaf School
- Malawi Solar Lights Project
- University of Livingstonia
bullet2:05 - 2:45 P.M. Book Release - Africa the Great Omission (A call to Disciple Nations)
By Professor Dick Day   Presented by Mrs. Betty Day
bullet2:45 - 3:15 P.M.
Break & View & Discuss Displays
bullet3:15  - 3:55 P.M. - PCUSA Mission Updates
- Rev. Debbie Braaksma
- Ms. Nancy Collins
- Mrs. Nicole Gerkins
- Rev. Dr. Donna Sloan
bullet4:00 - 5:00 P.M.  Improve & Enhance the Quality of Life in Malawi
Mrs. Betty Day, Mrs. Mary Phiri, Mrs. Phyllis Wezeman    
bullet6:00 - 7:00 P.M.  Catered Dinner
bullet7:00 - 8:00 P.M. - Entertainment - Omaha Street Percussion
bullet8:00  P.M. - Worship  


bullet6:30 - 8:00 A.M.  Breakfast - Hampton Inn
bullet8:30 - 8:45 A.M. Worship-
bullet8:45 - 9:45 A.M. - Mission as Partnership
    Moderator: Mr. Tom O'Meara
    PANEL: Rev. Levi Nyondo; Ms. Joyce Faltis-Serenil; Mrs. Mary Phiri
bullet9:45 - 10:30 P.M. Specific Partnerships
    - Mr. Doug Kee - Church to Church
    - Mr. Rich Keller - Church to Church
    - Rev. Judy  Henderson - Presbytery to Synod
bullet10:30 - 11:00 A.M. - Break/Snacks - View Displays
bullet11:00 - 12:00 P.M. - Empowering Women
Moderator: Dr. Deborah Kippley
Panelists: Mrs. Ruth Nyondo, Ms. Helen Zimba,
Mrs. Mary Phiri - Malawi
  Mrs. Shireen Tawadrous, Mrs, Hyakhour Bol Chuol - South Sudan
bullet12:00 NOON - 1:00 P.M.   
Lunch   - hosted tables - Agencies
bullet1:00 - 2:00P.M.   Breakout Sessions
bulletSupporting Immigrant Congregations
bulletCreating Culturally Appropriate Bible Materials
bulletFundraising for Your Mission
bulletPuppetry in Ministry
bulletCCAP Church Organization - Rev. Levi Nyondo
bullet2:00 - 2:30 P.M.-  Break/Snacks  
bullet2:30  - 3:25 P.M.   Breakout Sessions
        - Empowerment through Sewing
        - Creating Culturally Appropriate Bible Materials
        - Fundraising for Your Mission
        - Puppetry in Ministry
        - Higher Education in Malawi
                Moderator: Mr. Tom O'Meara
              Univ. of Livingstonia- Mr. Ken Gentili ; Rev. Dr. Donna Sloan - Zomba Theological College
        - Malawi Update Topics
               -Visas; Food Security;  Political Situation
bullet3:30 P.M.  SPLIT SESSIONS
bullet3:30 - 4:30 P.M.
            What We Are Doing Stories
                   5 min. blocks
                     starting with 4  5 min. videos from mission co-workers
Leadership in Presbyterian Immigrant Congregations
Discussions with Sudanese and Arabic Congregations
Led by Pastor Michael Kuach - South Sudanese Fellowship 
       Rev. Emad Tawadrous - Arabic Christian Fellowship
bullet4:30 - 5:00 P.M.

               MMN Business Meeting

bullet6:00 - 7:00 P.M. - Catered Dinner
bullet7:00 - 8:00 P.M. - Evening Program - Tales From Malawi  - Three Central African Folktales -
                                                                        Dramatic Performance
bullet8:00 P.M. - Evening Worship   

SUNDAY, August 13, 2017

bullet6:30 - 8:00 A.M.  Breakfast - Hampton Inn
bullet10:00 A.M.  Worship Service - Faith Presbyterian Church   - Preaching: Rev. Levi Nyondo - Synod of Livingstonia Gen. Sec.;
               Mrs. Mary Phiri - Gogo Grandmothers & Sadzi CCAP update.
bullet11:15  A.M.  Potluck with Faith Presbyterian Congregation

    Depart to Airport

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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.

 Rev Levi Nyondo

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 five children and three grandchildren.

Mary Phiri    Mary Phiri -
                                    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 other 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.

Betty & Dick DayBetty 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 Malawi.

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 SAFE ministries.

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.

Betty 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.

Leslie LewisLeslie 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 curriculum.

Debbie BraaksmaDebbie Braaksma 
                                   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 school years.


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.  Debbie 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.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.

Rev Dr Donna SloanDonna Sloan
Long-term volunteer; Professor of church history at Zomba Theological College

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 communities.

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