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The Advance Launches New E-Newsletter on Designated Mission Giving

Stamford, CT, Oct. 14, 2008--The Advance for Christ and His Church--The Advance--has a new monthly electronic and online newsletter to encourage United Methodist designated mission giving and to report to church members on projects they may already be supporting.

The e-newsletter was announced at the annual meeting of directors of the General Board of Global Ministries, meeting in Stamford, CT, October 13-17. The Advance is part of the international mission agency. It channels 100 percent of each designated gift to hundreds of ministries around the world.

"We want United Methodists to know more about how Advance gifts are used and more about the many opportunities for giving," said Rev. Shawn Bakker, who is a Global Ministries associate general secretary responsible for The Advance.

The first issue reports on Grace Children's Hospital in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, linking its work to the Children's Sabbath, observed in mid-October.

Each month, an Advance advocate will be highlighted to demonstrate how he or she supports mission through The Advance. This month the "advocate" is Winsome Wright of The Advance, whose choice is Kissy Maternity Hospital in Sierra Leone.

The newsletter also offers information on ways that congregations or individuals can support United Methodist missionaries.

"This is not intended to be an exhaustive monthly publication," Rev. Bakker said. "Rather, it is a reminder of opportunities to support mission financially but also to pray for mission projects, personnel, and partners in the global work of the Gospel of Jesus Christ."

The first Advance e-letter can be accessed online.

Free electronic subscriptions may be entered by two routes; by email or on the web.