Discuss Three Cups Of Tea As Peacemaking At Willow Grove Church

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SCOTCH PLAINS — Community members are invited to a discussion of the book, “Three Cups of Tea,” by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin, at 1 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 31, at Willow Grove Church in Scotch Plains.

Its subtitle is “One Man’s Mission to Promote Peace…One School at a Time.” Sometimes failures lead to great successes, as occurred in this story. As a poor young man, Mortenson failed to climb to the top of the world’s second tallest mountain in Pakistan. Dangerously ill as he came down the mountain, he was cared for by people in the small village of Korphe. Grateful, he promised to build the impoverished village’s first school. Eventually, Mortenson organized efforts which built not just one but fifty-five schools in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

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Co-author Relin says Mortenson, “ has single-handedly changed the lives of tens of thousands of children, and independently won more hearts and minds than all the official American propaganda flooding the region…to make our case to the great moderate mass of peace-loving people at the heart of the Muslim world, we need to listen to Greg Mortenson.”

Tom Brokaw says this book “is not only a thrilling read, it’s proof that one ordinary person, with the right combination of character and talent, really can change the world.”

The book discussion is part of a book club meeting at Willow Grove Presbyterian Church, 1961 Raritan Road in Scotch Plains. For further information about the church’s programs and ministries, visit www.willowgrovechurch.org or call 1-908-232-5678.


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