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Update on Hope Scholarship House Malawi

From Rev. Copeland Nkhata, Mzuzu, Malawi:

Rev Michael,
This is the first team to benefit from revenue of the Hope Scholarship House built by WorldHope Corps and Mzuzu UMC.  
And it’s a great celebration that the house has now began to bear its desired fruit---school fees for our boys and girls for higher education. 



The picture above depict three boys and two girls in an accounting class at the UMC HOPE SCHOLARSHIP CENTRE MZUZU.
The boys are: 1.Ganizan Nkhambule 2.Jonathan Nzimah 3.Joshua Walin-ase Nkhata
The girls are: 4.Alice Mkandawire 5.Eness Makamo
Please join me in this holy jubilee. I am proud of the awesome works of God and your untiring support in this regard.
The house now generates MWK 210 000.00 per quarter of a year [approx  $500], and that is what we paid for exam fees for five students to write exams with the Institute Of Chartered Accountants of Malawi for the December 2014 diet. (But we had to raise an extra amount for their registration.)
Pray that the vision grows so that we …

ISIS on my mind, Lifting high the Cross

Went to bed last night and woke up this morning with ISIS on my mind.After another beheading, who can doubt that there is real Evil in the world? 

"Our warfare is not against human beings but principalities and powers..." (Ephesians 6:12)

Headed to Church at St Vincent Martyr in Madison, hoping for a prophetic word of peace.  Fr. Jose, who turned 35 this week, after the Processional Hymn--"Lift High the Cross"--announced that today was for Adoration of the Cross. 

The Cross of Christ, he said, "is a symbol of cruel torture, pain and suffering.  But it is also a symbol of Love."  He encouraged us to let the sign of the cross be a daily reminder of our connection to the suffering of Christ and the world, to let it be a feature of our life of prayer, of sacrifice and letting go, and the promise of peace, liberation and victory.

After partaking of the body and blood of Christ, we prayed together this prayer for peace through St Michael, the Archangel: 
"...be…

Liberation Spirituality: Henri Nouwen and Gustavo Gutierrez in Dialogue

Liberation Spirituality: Henri Nouwen and Gustavo Gutierrez in Dialogue






Lecture Notes:Presented by Michael J. Christensen, Ph.D., Associate Professor in the Practice of Spirituality and Ministry, Drew University;  and International Director, Communities of Shalom, The United Methodist Church
Introduction
“There is a little man in Peru, a man without any power, who lives in a barrio with poor people and who wrote a book.In this book he simply reclaimed the basic Christian truth that God became human to bring good news to the poor, new light to the blind, and liberty to the captives.Then years later this book and movement it started is considered a danger by [the USA, or Rome], the greatest power on earth.When I look at this little man, Gustavo, and think about [the President of the US, or the Pope], I see David standing

Heading to Uganda on Sunday, January 5

Happy New Year, my friend!
One week from today, I will be  in Uganda with my friends and colleagues in ministry, Pastor Baaumu Moses, Br. Julius Kasaija, and Dennis Singini (from Malawi). 
We three (along with a mission group of 7 others from my church and community) will be on a two-week mission to help train over 200 coffee farmers, school teachers, seamstresses, and community workers in Shalom principles of economic community development.


We also will visit Fr. Paul and the St George Hope Health Centre which WorldHope Corps has supported for the past five years. 
Together, we will lend a hand to local projects, conduct two ShalomZone Trainings offer professional consultations, and engage in international friendship and cultural exchange.   We hope to give and to receive in a spirit of mutual ministry and "reverse mission." (Reverse mission, according to Henri Nouwen, happens when we offer the gifts we have to others and find that we ourselves have gained much more than w…