World Communion Sunday

This Sunday West Raleigh Presbyterian Church & Davie Street Presbyterian Church will share in World Communion Sunday. We welcome Reverend Mamisoa Rakotomalala, a pastor in the Church of Jesus Christ in Madagascar (abbreviated in Malagasy, FJKM) the partner church of the Presbyterian Church (USA).

Rev. Rakotomalala is currently pursuing a Doctor of Educational Ministry at Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia (2018-2022). Upon completion she will return to Madagascar to recruit, train and support pastoral ministry. She is also a friend of colleague of Presbyterian Mission Co-Workers, Dan and Elizabeth Turk. Welcome, Rev. Rakotomalala! (see full bio below).

Also during Communion this month, we will remember the world-wide Communion we share in Christ by hearing and seeing an International Choir of Global Peacemakers. This choir was compiled by the Presbyterian Board of Global Missions. It spans the world with mission co-workers and peacemakers, each in their own home country. You are invited to set your Table with bread and cup and be ready to keep the feast with our siblings in faith from around the world.

This year, in celebration of this special Sunday, you can give to the PCUSA's Peace & Global Witness offering online.

 

 

bio picI am the Reverend Mamisoa Rakotomalala, currently pursuing a Doctor of Educational Ministry at Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia (2018-2022). I have a MDiv and a MTh from the Faculty of Theology of Ambatonakanga in Madagascar.

I was born and raised in Antananarivo, the capital city of Madagascar. Married to husband Lala Andrianjohary for 27 years in last January, we have four children: three boys (Santatra [27] Sitraka [25] Sandratana [20] and one daughter, Sariaka [14]). We also have a 3 years old grand-daughter, Gracy Smily.

After my graduation in 2014, my church—the Church of Jesus Christ in Madagascar (abbreviated in Malagasy, FJKM) which is a partner church of PCUSA—assigned me to Tanandava Parish, located nearly 200 miles north of Antananarivo. I was the senior pastor of 14 congregations in Tanandava Parish, served there for 4 years (2014-2018), and :

  • Was elected Secretary of FJKM North Synod;
  • Established and built three new churches;
  • Established and built the first community clinic in the region providing services to residents of the parish that would normally require their driving 2 hours or more by public transport to receive care;
  • Established a successful program that has greatly curtailed the arrangement of marriages by parents for the dowry they receive sending young girls (13 and older) to live with a man she may only barely know. Often, within a year or so, the family will ‘annul’ the marriage on some technicality only to arrange another marriage to receive a second dowry;
  • Overcame the initial stigma men had imposed for being a woman preacher;

Upon completion of the Doctor of Educational Ministry (DEdMin) degree in 2022, I will:

  • Help confront challenges of leadership and education in FJKM using my new knowledge in education.
  • Work toward fulfilling own priorities which fit FJKM Theological Education Committee’s (KFT—Komitin’ny Fampianarana Teolojika) priorities: (1)- to recruit, select and train larger numbers of ordained ministers and lay leaders; and (2) to develop and/or expand current and new seminaries and to acquire additional faculty at the doctoral level.
  • Develop curriculum and provide resources and materials for Christian education for the FJKM.