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Swords into Plowshares is the blog of the Peacemaking Program and the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations of the Presbyterian Mission Agency of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).

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April 24, 2013

Three Prayer Concerns - April 24

The Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations suggests prayers for:

1. The community of Dhaka, Bangladesh as they grieve for the people killed and wounded in the collapse of an eight- story clothing factory outside the city Tuesday morning that left (as of this date) 87 people killed and over 600 people injured

Learn about Presbyterians at work with our partners in Bangladesh.

2. The people of Guatemala as their former President Efraín Ríos Montt and former intelligence chief José Mauricio Rodríguez Sánchez stand trial. They are accused of committing genocide and crimes against humanity ...

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June 17, 2012

The deep faith of women in Guatemala

by Elodie de Bethmann

Amanda Craft speaking by map of GuatemalaPresbyterian Church (U.S.A.) mission co-worker Amanda Craft spoke on Friday, June 15 at Fourth Avenue Presbyterian Church in Brooklyn. Amanda has been serving in Guatemala with the IENGP (the National Evangelical Presbyterian Church of Guatemala) since 2009. Amanda’s ministry focuses on leadership development and Christian education. She helps empower women in Guatemala to address issues that are important to them, such as Christian education and service, theological education, and the World Day of Prayer. Their three main projects consist of preventing malnutrition, basic literacy training, and the national worker program.

Amanda is back ...

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May 24, 2012

Mayan Renaissance

Postcard of screeningI attended my first film premiere during the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Peoples.

Mayan Renaissance features Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Rigoberta Menchu Tum and shares 4000 years of Mayan wisdom and hisory. This powerful and inspiring film tells the story of the Mayan people: the rise and glory of the Mayan civilization; the arrival of the Spanish and 500 years of oppression and resistance; the efforts of the Mayans to regain their voice and shape their own future; the creation of an indigenous political party; Rigoberta Menchu's campaigns for President; the people's vision for the future; and ...

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