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October 9, 2013

Interview with International Peacemaker from Madagascar, Reverend Helivao Poget

International Peacemaker Rev. Helivao Poget works on the streets of Madagascar's capitol, Antananarivo, with those caught in cycles of poverty, prostitution, and addiction. She also plays an important role in the Malsagasy Christian Council of Churches by working with other church leaders to find a peaceful resolution to the ongoing political crisis in Madagascar. She is currently touring and speaking throughout the Synod of Lakes and Prairies, Hastings College and the presbyteries of East Iowa, Central Nebraska, Central Florida and Peace River.

Helivao recently sat down with Presbyterian News Service for an interview about her itineration across the United ...

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July 15, 2013

Request Your International Peacemaker Today

There is still time to request an International Peacemaker for September/October 2013 as the deadline has been extended. The Peacemakers' itineraries are filling up, so submit your request today.

International Peacemakers present a unique opportunity for the hosts who receive them, sharing their personal stories of God's work in places where cultural, religious and ethnic barriers often seem insurmountable. These stories can breathe life into our churches as they deepen our understanding of God's restorative work of reconciliation in the world. 

Rev. Wilfred Orr of Northern Ireland is still available from October 16-21.

Rev Wilfred Orr

In 2012, Wilfred was ...

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November 14, 2011

Standing in solidarity with the people of Madagascar

Map of Madagsacar

Presbyterians have a long history of partnership with the Church of Jesus Christ in Madagascar (FJKM). The Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations recently sponsored an event with the Rev. Hubert Rakotoarivony, International Peacemaker from Madagscar and Dan Turk, PC(USA) mission co-worker in Madagascar. They focused on the witness of the FJKM.

The violence and intimidation that the church and the people of Madagascar have suffered over the past two years at the hands of Madagascar’s illegal regime have deeply concerned Presbyterians. Increases in hunger, human trafficking, and environmental exploitation during that period are also matters of concern ...

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September 22, 2011

Welcome to the 2011 International Peacemakers

The 2011 International PeacemakersFrom left to right:  Mazen Asaqa (Iraq), Sunil Mankhin (Bangladesh), David Thomas (Mexico mission co-worker), Brenda Trinidad Espitia (Mexico), Karla Ann Koll (Guatemala mission co-worker), Marina Shishova (Russia), Juana Herlinda Yac Salanic (Guatemala), Emad Ramzy Philobbos (Egypt), Arda Aghazarian (Israel/Palestine), Neerja Prasad (India), Dan Turk (Madagascar mission co-worker), Peter Tibi (South Sudan), and Hubert Rakotoarivony (Madagascar).

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September 16, 2011

Learn about Madagascar in New York

In the New York City area? Consider learning about the church at work in Madagascar.

Madagascar: The Witness of the Church
 A Brown Bag Lunch
12:00 – 1:30 p.m.
September 26, 2011
Presbytery of New York City
475 Riverside Drive, Suite 1600


The Rev. Hubert Rakotoarivony and Dan Turk will speak to the current situation in Madagascar and efforts of the Church of Jesus Christ in Madagascar (FJKM) to respond.  An island of incredible beauty, Madagascar currently experiences growing poverty, environmental exploitation, and an increase in sex trafficking during a time of political crisis.  In this setting, the ...

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October 9, 2010

Understanding is the key to success in Bolivia, pastor says

From the Presbyterian News Service: International Peacemaker "The Rev. Luis Perez Alanoca is pastor of the Independent Presbyterian Church in Bolivia and a professor of music. He is also the president of the Independent Presbyterian Church in Bolivia. He is...

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October 9, 2010

To abandon peacemaking is to betray the faith, says Philippines church leader

From the Presbyterian News Service: International Peacemaker "the Rev. Joel Tendero has been a leader in the peacemaking ministry of the United Church of Christ in the Philippines for more than 20 years. His life has repeatedly been threatened by...

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October 9, 2010

Communication, cooperation are keys to Middle East peace, Palestinian Christian says

From the Presbyterian News Service: International Peacemaker "George Abdalla is a Palestinian Christian who lives in Jerusalem. He works with his father in the family's travel agency/tour guide business, a business he will one day inherit from his father. Through...

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September 28, 2010

Mexico 'country of contrast,' says peacemaker

Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) - News & Announcements - Mexico 'country of contrast,' says peacemaker. International Peacemaker "Brenda Celia Trinidad Espitia is a graduate of the Presbyterian Pan American School in Kingsville, Texas, and is an active member of Emanuel Presbyterian...

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September 26, 2010

Sudan Christians need people more than money, religious leaders say

Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) - News & Announcements - Sudan Christians need people more than money, religious leaders say. International Peacemakers "the Rev. Orozu Lokine Daky and John Tubuwa Glouno Ngandoi serve the Presbyterian Church in Sudan. Daky is regional coordinator...

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September 26, 2010

Music of the Andes

The Rev. Luis Pérez Alanoca from Bolivia shared his musical talents with the International Peacemakers during orientation.

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September 26, 2010

On the road with International Peacemakers

The 2010 International Peacemakers arrived in Louisville on September 21. After an orientation, they began their journeys on September 25. Hold them and those they visit in prayer.

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September 22, 2010

International Peacemakers

Our International Peacemakers have arrived. They are in orientation. On Friday they leave for visits across the country. Please hold them and those they will visit in prayer. Gracious God, with joy and thanksgiving, we celebrate the arrival of International...

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June 26, 2010

2010 Advent Devotion book now availble

Order now! Proclaiming the Good News of God's Peace: Advent Devotions 2010 is now available. This booklet, published by the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program, provides a devotion for each day of the Advent season. It is designed to help individuals, households,...

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April 27, 2010

Plan a visit by an International Peacemaker

International Peacemakers from eight countries are scheduled to visit the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) from September 24 through October 18, 2010. These individuals from our partner churches will share about ministries in their countries that seek justice and pursue peace in...

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April 14, 2010

Bring the world to you

Host an International Peacemaker in your presbytery, synod, or educational institution. International Peacemakers from 8 countries are scheduled to visit the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) from September 24 through October 18, 2009. These individuals from our partner churches will share about...

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December 14, 2009

Not finished with your shopping?

Still looking for a gift for that someone special? Consider a gift that works for peace. Support the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program. There are several options. Give to: Peacemaking Offering - provide basic support for the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program's ministry Conference...

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December 14, 2009

Winter 2010 Peace Notes is here!

Check out the Winter 2010 issue of Peace Notes [PDF] for information about the 2010 Peacemaking seminar and other opportunities to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Peacemaking: the Believers' Calling; work by the Presbyterian United Nations Office and others for...

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October 30, 2009

Learning about Sudan in Maryville

In the Presbytery of East Tennessee, International Peacemaker the Rev. Orozu Lokine Daky, from Sudan, and Dr. Ingrid Reneau, a PC(USA) Mission Co-worker in South Sudan, offered workshops at the Global Voices Summit. This event was sponsored by the group,...

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October 11, 2009

They knew the way to San Jose

On their visit to the Presbytery of San Jose, the Rev. Delia Leal and Ms. Tracey King spoke about issues of peace, justice, and mission in Guatemala in the name of Jesus Christ. Their visit included a presentation at a...

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October 9, 2009

Pray for peace October 11

This week, Spiritual Nurture for Peacemakers includes a prayer of confession for use on Presbyterian AIDS Awareness Sunday, a prayer for those affected by natural disaster, and a prayer for International Peacemakers and those who hear them. The prayers may...

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October 9, 2009

Nazeli visits Miami Valley Presbytery, Ohio

Presbyterians in the Presbytery of Miami Valley (Ohio) are among those who had the opportunity to meet Dr. Nazeli Vardanyan from Armenia. Her visit included a presentation at Sinclair Community College where she made a presentation. Students had the opportunity...

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October 8, 2009

Nazeli in Western New York

Among her stops visiting Presbyterians, Dr. Nazeli Vardanyan from Armenia visited the Presbytery of Western New York. Dr. Vadranyan is director of Armenia Forest, a non-governmental organization (NGO) and president of GOY, an NGO focusing on environmental issues. Her visit...

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September 25, 2009

International Peacemakers

At 4:30 in the blessed AM tomorrow (September 25), the first group of International Peacemakers and participants in World Mission Challenge will make their way from the comfort of Wooded Glen to cars and vans to travel to the Louisville...

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September 22, 2009

They are here!

Eleven International Peacemakers have arrived in Louisville. These brothers and sisters from Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) partner churches around the world are currently in a time of orientation (and jet lag recovery!) On Friday, they will begin a period of travel...

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September 18, 2009

International Peacemakers

Each year the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program brings International Peacemakers to the United States to share stories of ministries of peace and justice in their own country. This year's Peacemakers have begun to travel to this country. Their travels through this...

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May 7, 2009

Read Peace Notes

Peace Notes is the print publication of the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program. It comes out three times a year. The Spring 2009 issue is now available to read or download. The issue contains information about International Peacemakers, events in the Philippines,...

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May 31, 2008

International Peacemaker from Colombia

The Rev. Diego Higuita-Arango Unfortunately, when many Americans think of Colombia (PDF), two things come instantly to mind: coffee and cocaine. But Colombians would like Americans and the rest of the world to know that there is much, much more...

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May 30, 2008

International Peacemaker from Portugal

Ms. Maria Eduarda Castanheira Until it joined the European Union in 1986, Portugal was considered one of the poorer nations of Europe. Since that time it has enjoyed a fair measure of prosperity and economic success coupled with a more...

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