The Rev. Susan Valiquette, a Global Ministries missionary, is available to visit MACUCC churches from March 10-26. Susan has recently completed 18 years serving the United Congregational Church of Southern Africa (UCCSA), where she was the school chaplain and a class instructor at the Inanda Seminary, Durban, South Africa.
If your church would like to invite Susan to lead or participate in a church service, speak at a gathering or event, or meet with a small group at your church, let us know as soon as you can. She will also need to be provided accommodations and transportation during her stay, so if you have church members willing to host and/or drive Susan to her next visit, please let us know that too. Contact Karen at firstname.lastname@example.org
Download a helpful Global Ministries resource on hosting a missionary here.
Inanda Seminary, founded in 1869, was the first secondary school exclusively for African girls in southern Africa. The vision statement of the school includes the empowerment of students (affectionately known as “members”) to play a role in the development of the nation and become future leaders. The school’s current alumni include the former Deputy President of the Republic of South Africa, Baleke Mbete, the former Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly, Nozizwe Madlala-Routledge, the late Minister in the Presidency Manto Tshabala-Msimang and many other distinguished South Africans. They have indeed fulfilled the roles that were visualized for Inanda members!
In her role at Inanda Seminary, Susan led worship four times a day during the week and on Sundays. She offered pastoral counseling and was responsible for social development of the girls. She was senior teacher of Life Orientation courses for girls in grades 8 and 9.
Susan developed her interest in mission work while a student United Theological Seminary, where she was exposed to countries and people "beyond her world view". During her time at Seminary she went to Israel and Nicaragua and volunteered for a summer at Jubilee Partners (Georgia). After completing Seminary, she spent a brief time in West Africa.
When asked what lesson she has learned working alongside the staff and students of the seminary, Susan replied: "Grace! South Africa seems to have been able to move forward at a rapid rate in terms of racial separation. A tremendous amount of grace and forgiveness is always present in terms of race and cultural differences."
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