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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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November 9, 2015

In ministry with the people of Madagascar: Dan and Elizabeth Turk

by Robert Arrington

Elizabeth and Dan Turk presentingToday the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations had the opportunity to host Dan and Elizabeth Turk, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) mission co-workers serving in Madagascar since 1994 at the invitation of the Church for Jesus Christ of Madagascar (FJKM). They met with a group of us and shared what they have been doing with PC(USA) partners to serve the population of Madagascar in its humanitarian efforts. Dan has a Ph.D. in Forestry from North Carolina State University, and Elizabeth a Master’s degree in Public Health from the University of North Carolina at ...

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May 3, 2013

Pray for Peace, Reconciliation and Democracy in Madagascar

The Christian Council of Churches in Madagascar (FFKM) has launched a process of broad-based national reconciliation to enable the Malagasy people to find a way out of the political crisis that has gripped the nation for more than four years.

Representatives of more than 200 political parties and civil society organizations are meeting in Antananarivo, the capital, May 3 to 5 to seek consensus on a way forward.  Please support this initiative by praying for:

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August 9, 2012

UN humanitarian arm gives $55 million to underfunded crises in eight countries

The Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations has worked with the NGO Working Group on the Security Council to bring attention to OCHA, including Under-Secretary General Amos and Security Council Member States on the humanitarian concerns in these areas.  We know that there is still much work to do, but are glad to see the Central Emergency Response Fund and OCHA making these commitments in these places.  

From the UN News Centre:

9 August 2012 –

The United Nations today announced that it will allocate $55 million to bolster operations in eight countries with neglected humanitarian emergencies.
Afghanistan, Cameroon, Colombia, the ...

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May 15, 2012

A call from the Madagascar Council of Churches

The Malagasy Christian Council of Churches (FFKM) released a declaration on the crisis in Madagascar. The PC(USA) works in partnership with the Church of Jesus Christ in Madagascar (FJKM), which was formed by the union of three churches in 1968. The FJKM is a member of the Malagasy Christian Council of Churches. The following is the English translation of the declaration. Pray for the people of Madagascar.

Malagasy Christian Council of Churches (FFKM)
English Translation
May 12, 2012

May the grace and peace of God be with you.

After the numerous pleas to the churches within the Malagasy Christian ...

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April 19, 2012

Prayers for Madagascar

These prayers are adapted from the Madagascar Matters Prayer Ministry of the First Presbyterian Church in Orlando

Please pray for provision and encouragement for the many who are struggling, and need food, shelter, and healthcare.
The coup government remains in power, creating on-going political and economic instability, inflation, and increased poverty and corruption. Madagascar is one of the ten Hungriest nations and over 80% of the population live on less than $220 per year.

Please pray for the other leaders of the FJKM (The Church of Jesus Christ in Madagascar) that they would have wisdom, strength, resources and faith as ...

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