Dan and Elizabeth Turk
Dan and Elizabeth Turk were invited to serve in Madagascar through the development branch of our partner denomination, Fiangonan’i Jesoa Kristy edo Madagasasikara (FJKM). The FJKM believes that Christian witness should include ministry both to the physical and spiritual needs of God’s people and care for all of God’s creation. Dan and Elizabeth work as advisors to FJKM’s environment and health departments. In 2014, during the 40th-year celebration of the FJKM Development Department, they received "Knight of the National Order" awards in recognition of their service to the church and country.
Elizabeth helps the staff of the FJKM health department design and implement a community health program. The program works with rural communities to prevent and treat the major illnesses that threaten health. As part of this program, many of the FJKM doctors have received training in community health, and over 150 community health volunteers from rural areas are receiving training in health education techniques and basic health messages. These volunteers teach others in their communities how they can prevent and treat illnesses before they become life-threatening. Elizabeth also advises the family planning program and serves on the national AIDS Committee. AIDS awareness and education is a major focus of FJKM.
Dan is involved in a project working with several branches of FJKM. The project helps the church explore how it can help protect creation and how it can implement innovations in growing fruits and vegetables so that they can benefit pastors, congregations, and branches of the church. The new work builds on the course in practical gardening and growing fruits that Dan and colleagues have taught at the Ivato seminary for the past seven years. As part of that course, new pastors received fruit trees to plant at their new churches. An additional component is the installation of intensive vegetable gardens at the Ivato seminary to both help the students get good, healthy food and to help them improve their gardening skills. Another component of the project is follow-up with pastors after they graduate from seminary.
Dan and Elizabeth are members of Decatur Presbyterian Church.
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