2019 Conference Agenda

Claim a New Day: Partners in Creating a New Congo

Healing the Wounds of War while Laying the Foundation for Peace and
Empowering Women and Youth for Leadership

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Thursday, October 17, 2019

11:00Registration and mingle
  • Displays and Mission Market open
  • Lunch on your own at nearby restaurants (recommendations provided)
  • Pre-conference planning meetings (optional)
1:30Welcome and Introductions: Overview of Conference Goals
Colleen Shannon and Charlotte Rule White
2:00Congo 101-102 – Jeff Boyd, Region Laison for Central Africa
3:15Return with Singing (Mark Pace, FPC Music Director)
3:30Getting to Know our Special Guests from Congo
4:00“DRC on the World Stage: Politics and Climate Change” from the UN General Assembly
Ryan Smith, PCUSA Ministry at the UN
4:30Congolese refugees in the U. S. – Drocella Mugorewera, Dir. Bridge Refugee Services
5:00Screening of “Congolese,” a short film directed by and featuring Congolese refugees
6:00Dinner – Catered by Yassin’s Falafel House “The Nicest Place in the U.S.”
7:00Keynote: “Laying the Foundations of Peace in Congo”, Rev. Isaac Kalonji Mukendi
General Secretary and President of Congolese Community of Kinshasa (CPK)
8:00Vespers in Chapel

Friday, Oct. 18

8:30Continental breakfast and check-in for any new arrivals
9:00Conveners give brief overview for the day and introduce new arrivals
9:30Keynote: “Empowering Women for Change in Congo” Elder Monique Misenga Mukuna
CPK Office of Research & Projects; Founder, Woman Cradle of Abundance (FEBA)
10:45PCUSA World Mission Report: Debbie Braaksma, Africa Area Coordinator
11:05Mission Co-worker Reports
Jeff Boyd (Regional Liaison, “Bridge Between Partners”)
Christi Boyd (Women & Children & Trauma Healing)
12:00Lunch in Fellowship Hall (Browse displays & Mission Market)
1:00Keynote: “Healing the Wounds of War While Strengthening Healthcare in the Kasai, Dr. Serge Makolo Kazadi
Director, Institute Medical Chretien du Kasai (IMCK)
2:00Mission Co-worker Reports
Larry Sthreshley (Public Health & Ebola Response)
Inge Sthreshley (MPH, nutrition, home gardens & cook stoves)
2:40Break and return to sing
3:00Ignite presentations (10 minutes each)
  • Friends of IMCK (Bill Rule)
  • Mission:Hope (Jimmy Shafe)
  • Congo Helping Hands (Woody Collins)
  • Build Congo Schools (George Collins)
4:00Move to break-out groups
(1) Health, (2) Education, (3) Women and Children, (4) Advocacy, (5) Refugees
5:20Recognition of Dr. John and Gwenda Fletcher in James Park Room
5:30Dedication of Rule Collection (Mingle with Rule family members in the Atrium)
6:00Dinner in Fellowship Hall, Catered by Abundant Life Catering
7:00PANEL: “Is it a New Day in Congo? How can you tell?
  • Rev. Isaac Kalonji, Elder Monique Misenga, Dr. Serge Makolo
  • Moderator: Anne Crane
8:00Vespers in Chapel
8:30“City of Joy” Film about Panzi Hospital & Eastern Congo (74 min., optional)

Saturday, Oct. 19

8:30Continental Breakfast, Check-in and orientation for new arrivals
9:00Welcome and Introductions (Feedback, goals for day, commitment letters)
9:30U.S. Partners Empowering Women & Youth for Leadership (30 min. each):
  • Beth Ann Caspersen, Congo Coffee Project (Equal Exchange)
  • Nate Houghton (Congo Leadership Initiative)
  • Ayman Nagy Advocacy Manager (The Enough Project)
11:15Panel on ways to build effective partnerships
  • Rev. Isaac Kalonji, Elder Monique Misenga, Dr. Serge Makolo,
    Beth Ann Casperson, Nate Houghton and Ayman Nagy
  • Moderator: Jimmy Shafe
12:00Catered Lunch in Fellowship Hall (Mission Market open)
1:00Break-out groups (Add to Thursdays’s work and refine recommendations to the group)
2:15Break (Prepare powerpoint reports)
2:30Report back from groups (5 minutes each)
3:00Response from Congolese leaders and mission co-workers
3:45Write commitment letters
4:00Business meeting (planning for 2020)
4:30Closing worship: Pastor Isaac Preaching, Communion
(commitment letters as part of offering)

Updated: September 19, 2019