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Moravian Mission News

Compiled by the Moravian Mission Society in Germany

Number 2015-04


Here is the next edition of »Moravian Mission News« compiled by the Moravian Mission Society in Germany. - God bless our Moravian Church. "Our lamb has conquered, let us follow him!" - Andreas Tasche, Herrnhut, 05.04.2015, Phone: +49 35873 487-26, E-Mail: a.tasche(at)ebu.de.





Kind regards and warm blessings for Easter 2015 from the Moravian Mission Society in Germany to all friends and supporters around the world. The Easter illustration on the left comes from the »Christian David School« in Latvia. Thank you!

Tanzania – Solar electricity now available in Ibaba


Since the 27th of February 2015 Ibaba (Tanzania, South province) is powered by solar energy. The whole village celebrated this happy occasion with Samuel Kabigi, new elected chairmen of the provincial board, and Aliko Kibona, member of the parliament of Tanzania. Two rooms in the primary school as well as the main building of the hospital now have a stable power supply. This will enable doctors to use the autoclave for sterilizing instruments and laundry. Furthermore a new energy-efficient refrigerator for storage of medications has been installed. For the next visit laying more cables to supply the ward building with energy and training of local partners is scheduled. The Moravian Mission Society in Germany supported the project in its first phase with 150.000 Euro. More pictures here.

Tanzania – Voting has to be fair


The Isevya-church (Tanzania, South province) invited the former Tanzanian Prime Minister Frederick Sumaye to a fundraising-initiative. He encouraged believers of all confessions to pray for and support fair and peaceful voting. In many African countries big problems had recently arisen after elections. Tanzania should not drown in chaos just because certain groups don’t accept the outcome. The churches could help the elections bring forward the country. He encouraged women to assume political offices. In April 2015 a vote on the new constitution will take place in Tanzania, in October 2015 parliamentary and presidential elections will follow. Read the full article in the Tanzanian Newspaper »Daily News« here.

Ruanda – The Daily Watchwords on the radio


Due to a donation worth 44 Euros it is possible to broadcast the »Daily Watchwords« or »Daily Texts« on the radio in Ruanda for two weeks every day including a short exegesis. The project was initiated by pastor Isaac Ncundabantu, editor of the Daily Watchwords in Knyarwanda (one of the main languages in Ruanda), with support of »Losungsspende« (Daily Watchwords donations). Especially in the remote regions of Ruanda the Daily Watchwords were hardly known until now. The listeners can share their experiences with The Daily Watchwords via telephone with the ecumenical radio station. The idea of this radio project came from the readers of the Daily Watchwords.

Malawi - Emergency response in the Karonga district


Jonah Sinyangwe, project manager of the Moravian Church, sent a report on the emergency response that took place in Malawi. The report outlines the use of the Disaster funds (5.000 Euro came from the Moravian Mission Society in Germany) with many photos and facts and figures. The project has assisted victims through provision of food aid, temporary shelter and safe water. The following items were distributed: 110 plastic tents, 450 bags of maize flour each weighing 20 kilograms, 2,500 kilograms of beans, 450 litres of cooking oil, 450 kilograms of iodised salt and 82,000 sachets of safe water. The materials that were distributed brought relief to the families whose houses and household properties were either damaged or destroyed by the strong winds and floods in January 2015. Pictures here.

Star Mountain – Classes get to know programs and projects


The surrounding schools currently take a great interest in the Star Mountain Rehabilitation Center, near Ramalla (Palestine). Over the last two weeks more than ten school classes spent half a day familiarizing themselves with the establishment and its different departments. The classes were from boys' schools and girls' schools. The groups came from Evangelical-Lutheran, Anglican, Orthodox, Roman Catholic, Greek Catholic, private, state and UN-schools in Ramallah. Ecological and agricultural projects on the spacious area (a solar array, cisterns, a liquid waste processing system, use of fertilizer, small animal breeding, reforestation) caught the pupils’ interest the most. All classes were presented a similar program. A lot of pictures here.

Star Mountain – Excitement when visiting circus in Bir Zeit


The staff at the Star Mountain Rehabilitation Center of the worldwide Moravian Church near Ramallah (Palestine) consistently try to provide the disabled children and young people with a varied and inspiring everyday life. On the 2nd of March 2015 they organized a trip to the circus close to the university city Bir Zeit for all five departments of the Center. The public »Palestine Circus School« which is located in Bir Zeit offered a sporty-cheerful program for the children and young people from the Star Mountain as well as from other establishments for people with disability. The event amazed and excited staff and children. Some of the children and adults had never been in a circus.

Star Mountain – Cactuses as Mother’s Day gifts


On the 22nd of March 2015 a big Mother's Day celebration took place in Bir Zeit. It was organized by the staff of the Star Mountain Rehabilitation Center of the worldwide Moravian Church, near Ramallah (Palestine) and numerous mothers of the children that are being looked after in the center participated. Prior to the event more than 300 cactuses had been planted and harvested on the spacious area on the Star Mountain and decorated in red afterwards. In this way, beautiful gifts were created and many present mothers and fathers were delighted at them. Staff and children were given thanks for this new and successful project.

Albania – Two baptisms during the seminar with J. Bøytler


Once more Jørgen Bøytler, Unity Business Administrator and president of the Moravian Mission Society in Denmark, visited the young Moravian Church in Albania on the occasion of a training seminar for current and aspiring youth leaders. It took place on the 27th and 28th of February 2015 in the church house in Tirana. Topics of the seminar were understanding and practice of baptism. Attendees came from Tirana, Bathore, Burrel, Elbasan and Pogradec. Within the seminar an evening service took place during which two young women from Elbasan and Pogradec were baptized. Still mostly children, young people and women are members of the Moravian Church in Albania.

Albania – Invitation for camping in Pogradec


Since four years the Moravian Church in Albania owns a campsite in Pogradec. The town is located beautifully in the mountains on the lake Ohrid. The campsite close to the lakeshore is equipped with set-up area for tents and caravans as well as a modern main building with a dining hall, meeting rooms, a kitchen and sanitary installations. Every year the Moravian Church in Albania is holding its central children and youths camp on this campsite. In 2015 it will take place from the 16th until the 19th of July and children and young people from other countries are welcome to attend. Furthermore the campsite can be rented by churches, groups or individuals. Please direct enquiries to Elona Mandro: Lutheran_al@gmail.com - some picture from the campsite here.

Nicaragua – Doctors are trained in the »Bilwaskarma Clinic«


The »Bilwaskarma Clinic« of the Moravian Church in Nicaragua, is located in the North of the country by the river Rio Coco and was the training company for the first 17 young doctors who successfully graduated from the »University of the Autonomous Regions of the Caribbean Coast of Nicaragua« on the 12th of December 2014. Alta Hooker, member of the Moravian Church and former graduate from the nursing training school in Bilwaskarma, is now dean of the university. She was able to set up this course a few years ago due to her good connections. The young doctors almost exclusively belong to the ethnic groups of the Miskitos, Mayangnas and Creoles. Nurses from Bilwaskarma work everywhere in America.

Latvia – Moravian Church plans to open nursery school


The Moravian Church in Latvia wants to open a nursery school in autumn 2015. So far it occasionally offered activities for children in different parts of the country, especially an annual big summer camp at the Baltic Sea and a latern festival in autumn. At the moment Gundars Ceipe, responsible parish worker in Latvia, is looking for suitable premises in the capital Riga. He has a nursery school in mind that offers a child care room but also a kitchen and a bedroom. A committed child care worker from within the Moravian Church has already volunteered. The nursery school is meant to be open for children with different religious affiliation as well as for children from atheistic families.

Surinam - Three important conventions


Three important conventions took place in January 2015 in Surinam. Teachers from the Theological Seminary in Paramaribo came together to think about curriculums, Moravian and Surinamese identity, internal organisation, quality management and possible cooperation. Bishops and presbyter of the province gathered to prepare the episcopal election that is scheduled for the 20th of June 2015. It was important to them to inform churches and especially synodals about the Moravian understanding of the episcopal office prior to the election. On the former plantation »Prosperité« members of the church leadership and bishops determined certain regions, for which each of the members are particulary responsible.

Surinam - Pupils donate to a children’s home


Children from the Callenderschool of the Moravian Church in Paramaribo (Surinam) collected groceries and filled four big boxes for the children's home »Saaron« with which the school is closely connected. The »Stichting Onderweijs« (school foundation of the Moravian Church in Surinam) reported about this. The children had learned that support was required in the children's home which was known by one of the teachers. Cause for the collection of groceries was a donation of books that had arrived at the Callenderschool. The school librarian framed it aptly: »We frequently get given gifts, so we can give something to other children too.« In Suriname, there are more than 70 schools of the Moravian church with about 16,000 pupils.

»World Day of Prayer« liturgy will come from Suriname


Suriname is the subject of the »World Day of Prayer« in 2018. Please pray for the Church Women United (CWU) in Suriname, who also participated in the World Day of Prayer. The Suriname CWU committee, which will be writing the liturgy for the Day of Prayer, is being led by a Moravian sister, Diana Pengel. Be in prayer for them especially on April 16, 17,and 18, 2015 as a workshop will be held in preparation of the formulation of the Liturgy for 2018. The theme for this workshop and of the Day of Prayer is the environment: "All God's Creation Is Very Good!". The World Day of Prayer in 2018 is an opportunity for the Moravian Church in Suriname to report on the situation of the people and the congregations in the country.

Anniversary »222 years of Zeister Zendingsgenootschap«


The »Zeister Zendingsgenootschap« (ZZg), the subsidiary organisation of the Moravian Mission Society in Germany in the Netherlands, will soon turn 222, which makes it the oldest missionary organisation of the Moravian Church. 34 brothers came together in Zeist on the 28th of May in 1793 to talk about regulations concerning a »Brother Union for the distribution of the gospel among the heathen«. This union was transformed into »Zeister Zendingsgenootschap« in the 20th century. In its 222nd year the ZZg tries to solicit as many ZZg-222-donors as possible through their newsletter. They suggest to donate an amount depending on income, either 22,20 Euro, 222 Euros or 2.222 Euros, for one of their projects.

Honduras – Teams helping in »Ahuas Clinic«


Early 2015 several help teams from the Moravian Church in North America stayed at the »Ahuas Clinic« at the Miskito-coast of Honduras. Partly the team consisted of craftsmen, partly of doctors. For a short period of time 15 people at once were in Service in Honduras. It is the only clinic in this poor area and plays a major role in the care for the indigenes. A few small houses with beds were refurbished, the solar power plant was maintained and repaired and a fence to prevent cows and horses from entering the clinic terrain was built. Ultrasound examinations and many surgeries were carried out, especially on children (gall, lungs, lips/jaw/palatine cleft, eardrum). More here.

Switzerland/USA – Two special fundraising events


Two special fundraising events took or take place in Switzerland and the USA in favour of projects by the Moravian Mission. Orphans from the Tanzanian South and Southwest province benifited from a gala dinner on the 21st of March 2014 in the evangelic community centre Rapperswil-Jona. 120 people came to treat themselves to some fine food. 26 young people helped in the kitchen and with waitressing and showed almost perfect manner. On the 11th of April 2015 a shred-event is supposed to happen in Winston Salem/NC in a public parking space. For a fee personal documents will be professionally shredded in front of the eyes of the customer. Proceeds will be given to the Moravian Church in Cuba.

Short News

In the magazine »Moravian Messenger« (British Province), there is an article about the long and exciting history of the »Star Mountain Rehabilitation Center« (Palestine) owned by the worldwide Moravian Church. Part 1 deals with the period 1865-1900 - read here, part 2 deals with the period 1900 - 2014 - read here. + + + In March 2015, the woman organisation of the Moravian Church in Cuba organized a seminar which is focused on the mitigation or prevention of domestic violence against women. More than 80 families participated in this very successful seminar to bring awareness to this important issue.

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