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Presbyterian Peacemaker Visit
October 8, 2017 @ 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
Each year, the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program identifies about a dozen leaders from around the world who are performing heroically and courageously on issues of peace, justice, and compassion. They are invited to visit the US for about a month during which they meet and interact with churches within sponsoring Presbyteries.
This year, our Presbytery is sponsoring an “International Peacemaker” from South Sudan. Her name is Achol Majok Kur Kier. (We will call her Achol for short.)
South Sudan is the world’s newest nation (2011). It has the world’s third largest refugee crisis. Perpetual conflict, drought, and corruption have led to dire food shortages. About 5 million people face hunger.
Achol is a model for younger generation girls in Africa. She refused to marry the candidate groom her parents had selected. She married the love of her life from another ethnic group. She pursued higher education becoming a secondary school teacher in English, Arabic, and History. In the South Sudan Presbyterian Church she is an ordained deaconess and serves as the elected chairperson of the “Woman’s Desk” and is an executive member of the nation’s Council of Churches.
Achol engages in trauma healing, works with internal refugees, and supports peace and reconciliation initiatives. She states, “In the absence of peace, there will be no education, no health services, no food, and no development.”
She has an important story to tell. You are invited to hear her presentation on October 8 following the 11:00 worship service, in the Fellowship Hall. CPJ will host a light luncheon. This event will be open to the community, so invite friends and neighbors.