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Building the movement: Kansas Expands the Ambassadors for Peace Network

Don Marsolek
March 25, 2006

New Appointed Ambassadors for Peace

On Saturday, March 25th, at the Hilton Garden Inn in Overland Park, was the second Ambassador for Peace Recognition Breakfast in Kansas in 2006. The event was well attended with 9 new Ambassador for Peace appointees.

Guests were given a warm welcome by Rev. Bill Dillinger, our Master of Ceremonies. After the Invocation by Rev. May Rose Thompson of Kansas City, MO, our guests were entertained by Rev. Claudio Melgarejo, who sang a rendition of "El Shaddai". Rev Peeter Saarna, was our main speaker, had just returned from a week in the Holy Land as a part of the most recent Middle East Peace Initiative.

He shared his digital pictures and his reflections on the memorable week. His group visited the Jericho jail just days after the Israeli Army destroyed it. They also traveled to Amman, Jordan. He explained how complex the situation is and how it can only be overcome by faith in God.

Our PowerPoint Presentation, focusing on the Five Principles of Peace, was given by Don Marsolek, Director of the IIFWP in Kansas. The guests were very attentive to how the relationships of love, which are fostered in the family, are the foundation and stimulus for building a community, society, nation and world of peace.

A very stimulating question and answer session followed. Questions included, "Why do we still have war?", and "Why do religions seem to be at the core of so many conflicts?" These issues weren't completely resolved during the time allotted, but they demonstrated the seriousness of the hearts and minds of the attendees.

Included among the 9 Ambassadors for Peace who received their appointments were 3 recipients between the ages of 14 and 21. They were held out as proof that you don't have to wait until you are grown up to make a difference in the lives of the people around you. The adult Ambassadors were a very accomplished group, ranging from the President of the Heartland Muslim Council to the President of the Ethiopia Health Support Foundation, which is building the most advanced medical clinic in East Africa.

The Benediction given by Mrs. Maipelo Nguessan, a KSU university student from Africa.

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