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Morning/Evening meeting Speaker
We are excited to welcome Francesca Nuzzolese back to NWMC. Dr. Nuzzolese led one of the Adult Mission Studies in 2019, and we are excited to hear from her.
Francesca Nuzzolese is a pastoral theologian, psychotherapist and trauma care consultant. Her life-work and experience span over a variety of cultural, geographical and denominational contexts, with critical competencies in cross-cultural teaching, training, and psychotherapeutic practice. Her chief vocational commitment is to create educational and therapeutic spaces, where individuals and communities can experience growth and fulfillment, healing and wholeness. She has two decades of experience teaching in higher education, training and consulting with NGOs on trauma care, and counseling individuals and communities in vulnerable predicaments. She is a speaker known world-wide, presenting on a variety of topicsincluding Spirituality and Social Justice, Reconciliation, Approaches to Prayer, Theology of Mission, Peace and Justice, Pastoral and Mystical Theology, Re-humanization, Trauma Care, Human (sex and labor) Trafficking, Immigration and Dislocation, Cross-cultural Counseling and Education, and the Global Trauma Zone.
Morning meeting Speaker
Charles George, a local pastor, lives and works in the second largest township of South Africa. He and his wife Delecia pastor a church of about 250 members. They have been involved in the Delft community for more than 14 years. Through their leadership and mentoring, other pastors have engaged with them to minister to the homeless and needy of their community.
For many years their focus was on relief work, and there were few results. After meeting with Dr. Niel Stegmann, who introduced them to Gary Edmonds and Breakthrough Partners, their approach changed towards how they operated in the community. Dr. Stegmann introduced the CHE program and Delecia trained extensively with the CHE facilitators. Breakthrough Partners led a conference in one of the neighboring communities and a year later had a conference in their church in Delft. There were things that Gary said that caught Charles’ attention and, as he says,
“It started making sense in my whole being. Gary had a very strong approach to partnerships. I had been trying endlessly to get the church of Jesus Christ to work together but to no avail. After listening to so many excuses why pastors can’t come to the meetings I wanted to give up in getting the Church to partner for the benefit of the community. My wife kept on encouraging me and praying that God will make a way one day where the Church of Jesus will work together. So my approach changed. I first of all focus more on development than relief; secondly, I started partnering with believers in government, believers in business and believers in other institutions. I heard it so much but I just could not see it until Gary pointed it out to me. The church is not a building; it is people!!!!!!”
Charles George and his wife, Delecia
Through partnerships, they are making an impact in the community; thousands of people are blessed by what is taking place.
1. They partner with qualified Christian doctors
2. They partner with Christian business people
3. They partner with Christians in government.
4. They partner with the Christian group at the University of Stellenbosch
As a result, once a month they take over the local day hospital, supplying qualified doctors, nurses, pharmacist and medical students to the community. They do door to door visitations reaching more the 500 homes using the medical approach to preach the gospel to the poor. They have Christian lawyers who volunteer their services on these days to assist with legal matters. This is also an opportunity to preach the gospel, even using the university’s sports faculty to play soccer with the youth and minister to them. They also feed 15,000 orphans and vulnerable children in the community daily. All these activities allow them to develop the mindset of the people, pointing them to God.
Through these partnerships they have found favor with different churches, businesses, the government and other institutions. They were given an empty, vandalized building on a lease basis from the government to be used as a training centre. Through these partnerships the building was restored in 35 days with volunteer labor from the community. 7000 people applied for the skills training course that is being offered, and twenty-four people have secured full-time employment as a result of this training centre that has only been in operation for three months.
God is indeed working through the leadership of Charles George as he partners with other churches, groups and the government to bring sustainable change to his community.
Evening meeting Speaker
Saleem Ghubril is a passionate advocate for children and for the City of Pittsburgh. An ordained
Presbyterian minister, he has devoted his life to serving the people of his community through
outreach and education programs.
In 1985, Saleem founded The Pittsburgh Project, a community development organization that
provides free home renovations to hundreds of vulnerable seniors each year. It also mentors,
educates, and deploys thousands of youth in meaningful volunteer community service. Saleem
led The Pittsburgh Project until 2008, when he assumed the leadership of The Pittsburgh
The Pittsburgh Promise works for a future where:
In the last 12 years, The Pittsburgh Promise has sent more than 9,500 urban youth to college and
provided them with over $144 million in scholarships.
Saleem is the volunteer pastor of Mosaic Community Church in Pittsburgh. He also serves on
the boards of The Buhl Foundation, Vibrant Pittsburgh, and the World Affairs Council of
Friday & Saturday Meeting Music
Aaron Joshua Howard currently serves as worship pastor for both All Souls of Nashville and St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church. He has twenty-five years of experience leading worship, directing choirs, and serving as musical director for churches and conferences encompassing a wide variety of denominational traditions. Aaron also enjoys consulting with churches on cultivating multicultural and contemporary styles of worship. He serves as Director of Diversity for Franklin Road Academy in Nashville, TN and as an Adjunct Professor for Gordon-Conwell Seminary. Aaron received his PhD in Ethics and Society from Vanderbilt University’s Graduate Department of Religion, an MA in Theology with a concentration in Biblical Studies from Fuller Theological Seminary, an MA in Education with a Counseling specialization San Diego State University, and a BA from UCLA in Anthropology. He has been married to his wife Mimi for 20 years and has two children, Yosef and Blaine. In his spare time, he likes to play with his English setter, Palmer.
Saturday Morning Meeting Music
Ben Chavez is a NYC-based an actor, composer, and musician. As an actor, he most recently toured the US with the Broadway National Tour of Disney’s Aladdin. He has performed at venues such as Radio City, Madison Square Garden, The Kennedy Center as well as over 25 theaters around the country. Ben has composed several musicals and also works with the Broadway Inspirational Voices as a vocalist and musician for outreach programs. He is a proud graduate of the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University where he received a BFA in drama. Ben has worked with Huehue Ministries in Guatemala as a music worship leader for two short-term missions trips. On Saturdays, you can catch Ben on his Instagram Piano Bar Live show where he takes song requests and raises money for charity. To date he has raised nearly $12,000 for organizations responding to COVID-19 and human rights. You can follow him at @ben__chavez.
Sunday morning meeting music
George Pendergrass studied at Juliard, performed, and recorded with U2. Toured the world as lead singer for Acappella. This man evokes so much raw explosive presence on stage. As one of the lead vocalist for Merging Blue, George brings the creds and the tricks of the trade to help any performer increase stage presence in powerful ways. He sees the beauty in diversity and brings a wealth of knowledge and unity to every effort.
Sunday Evening Meeting Music
Matthew writes and records musical settings for Psalms, original songs with Gospel themes, and hymns intended for corporate singing.
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