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Malawi Missions Network Conference

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Helen Zimba and Shoshanna Conway were PHPC representatives to the annual Malawi Mission Network Conference in Omaha, Nebraska. The 2018 Conference will be held in Dallas, Texas.

Philemon 6-7

"I pray that your partnership with us in the faith may be effective in deepening our understanding of every good thing we share for the sake of Christ.  Your love has given us great joy and encouragement, because you, brother, have refreshed the hearts of the Lord's people."


This was the scripture which was the guide for all facets of our meeting in Omaha, NE.  We were privileged to have Rev. Levi Nyondo, the General Secretary of the CCAP Synod of Livingstonia, as our keynote speaker.  His wife, Ruth accompanied him and participated in one of the panel discussions.


The Malawi Mission Network (MMN) was formed as an association of people connected to PCUSA who are interested in mission work in Malawi.  It was exciting to meet and network with people who are involved in diverse mission endeavors.  For example, Rev. Dr. Donna Sloan is a retired nurse and retired minister who is a professor at Zomba Theological Seminary where she teaches church history.


We learned about the GOGO Grandmothers project which supports women who are caring for their orphaned grandchildren (parents have typically died from AIDS).  Funds raised in the US provide the grandmothers with seeds, fertilizer, mosquito nets, blankets, and school supplies among other things.


The Marion Medical Mission and Tom Logan have been very involved in installing shallow water wells.  To date, approximately 30,000 wells have been installed in Malawi, Zambia, and Tanzania.  An impressive 90% have been sustainable!


We also heard reports about the Malawi Solar Project, the University of Livingstonia Foundation, the Schools for the Hard of Hearing, the Ministry of Hope, SAFE (Sub-Saharan African Family Enrichment), as well as other projects.


As Rev. Nyondo said, PCUSA representatives are experiencing life side-by-side with our Malawian brothers and sisters.  It is our privilege and responsibility to do so!


- Shoshanna Conway

PHPC Malawi Mission Team member



PHPC Transforming the World: McShan Elementary School

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One Sunday morning, there was a request in the morning worship service bulletin calling for volunteers to tutor students at Lee McShan Jr. Elementary School. Since 2010, PHPC members have not only tutored students but developed relationships with McShan's principals, teachers, and families. These relationships paved a way for the creation and implementation of the  McShan Reading Homeroom, Vickery Meadow Summer Reading Academy, and the Girls in Pearls & Guys in Ties programs. These programs have provided invaluable enrichment opportunities that allow the lessons learned in the classrooms to take hold in the minds and lives of each student.

Just this week, DISD announced that McShan Elementary School has earned the #1 position of all 150 elementary schools in the district in the School Effectiveness Index, meaning the school has made the greatest impact on student growth in all of DISD! 

DISD Board Chairperson, Dan Micchiche, wrote: "If you have ever doubted the effect of community involvement on student outcomes, take a look at Lee McShan Jr. Elementary School in Vickery Meadow, which had the highest score on Dallas ISD's school effectiveness index out of 150 elementary schools. One big reason for the school's success is Dalene L. Buhl and the army of over 100 volunteers recruited to be reading tutors at the school. They have worked hand in hand with an outstanding team of educators led by Principal Dayanna Kelly. McShan is one of the highest poverty schools in the district: 98 percent of the students are economically disadvantaged; it has a large refugee population; and 87 percent of the students at the school are English language learners. The 'school effectiveness index' is a measure of performance of the school's effect on student outcomes by controlling for differences the school cannot control, such as socio-economic status, neighborhood characteristics, and prior-year academic levels."

As we celebrate this incredible news and honor, remember that your gifts to the church and your time with the students are truly transforming the world. Thank you for being such an integral part of what God is doing in our midst.

If you would like to send a note of congratulations to Dalene or to find out how you can participate as a tutor, please email Dalene at .

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