Reaction to the 2007 Face-to-Face Meeting
By Rev. Otis Smith
|Earline and I have been rejoicing since we returned from Malawi Mission
Network Face -to - Face in Pittsburgh, PA in November 2007. We were hungry for the social
contact and to fellowship with those who are involved, as we are, in Malawi. We were not
disappointed. Mark Plumb, Phyllis Wezeman and members of the Leadership Team had planned a
conference that allowed plenty of personal exchange.
We missed some of the old timers, but were pleasantly surprised by those attending for the
first time. We also missed the sessions where participants told how there were involved in
Malawi. Scheduling this conference in early November allowed Dr. Henry and Jenny Kirk of
the University of Livingstonia Foundation to attend. We met them in 2004 when we visited
Livingstonia, Malawi. Dr. Henry is Vice Chancellor and Jenny is Director of
University Relations of Livingstonia University. We were delighted to hear the progress
being made at the University.
Rev. Otis Smith
It is always a treat to fellowship with the Malawian people. They
are a blessed people, full of joy and exchange very freely. Thank God they are not
shackled with 300 years of American slavery and 60 years of segregation. They are free to
give and receive with their hearts.
Have you ever taken a cable car top of a mountain? Have you stood on the top of that
mountain to witness three rivers coming together? Have you ever watched the Pittsburgh,
PA. sky line at night? Have you ever been fed "all you eat" at a local church?
If not, brothers and sisters you ought to have been with the participants our last night
at the Conference. We had a night on the town.
Otis and Earline are African Connection for the National Black Presbyterian Caucus and if
it is God's will, will be returning to Malawi in August 2008.