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Special With* Issue, June 2011

Special With* Issue, June 2011
Special With* Issue, June 2011   
Click hereLetter from Thomas Kemper
Click hereKamina, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Click hereHonduras, Mariposa Project in Talanga
Click hereImmigration and Global Migration

Click here"Move the Mountains" Circles©
Click herePhilippines, Laiban Area
Click hereMinistry with the Roma


Jesus outside the gateclick hereLetter from Thomas Kemper

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability. (Acts 2:4)

As we move into the season of Pentecost, I am reminded of this passage that speaks strongly to who we are as a global church. With the Holy Spirit moving through us in our work, we are finding new ways to speak with each other and be with each other in ministry. No matter who or where we are, together we can build on each other's gifts and transform the world into God's kingdom of love and justice. I experienced this sense of being together in ministry when I served as a missionary in Brazil. Every Wednesday we shared a soup with the homeless in the center of Sao Paulo under a bridge. Everyone brought whatever food he or she could find from the leftovers of the weekly farmer's market, preparing the gifts and cooking the soup in big pots over an open fire. We ate it together in a large circle and then we worshipped.

Ministry with the poorThe new With* campaign, developed in partnership with all of the general agencies and the Council of Bishops, is designed to educate, inspire, challenge, and mobilize people to engage in Ministry with the Poor--one of four current United Methodist priorities.

As part of the With* movement, we have launched a new interactive website--please join us and learn how The United Methodist Church is engaging in ministry with the poor. I invite you to view, download, and share the dynamic new With* video and other resources at ministryWith.org and discover how together we can put our faith into action.

This special issue of connectNmission highlights some of the ministries that are responding to poverty around the world. I hope they inspire you, and I look forward to learning the ways you are in ministry with the poor in your community and globally. I am confident that this campaign will strengthen and grow with your partnership.

In mission and ministry together,
Back to TopThomas

Full Circleclick hereDomestic

"Move the Mountains" Circles©

Global Ministries and a number of annual conferences and local United Methodist churches have partnered with "Move the Mountain" Circles sites. Circles works on a local level to enable families with low incomes to improve their situation through involvement with a community-engaged model.

These sites provide separate trainings for low-income families and for allies in the community to build sustainable bridges of social capital. In a community-based effort to ensure their success, families are paired with at least two allies who share non-financial support, providing tools for breaking the cycle of poverty.

Global Ministries has funded Circles groups, supported a missionary assigned to work with the Circles program in Wadesboro, North Carolina, and funded the training of ten United Methodists--two in each Jurisdiction--who are now certified Circles trainers and are available to support annual conferences and churches that wish Back to Topto start a "Move the Mountain" Circles site in their locale

Meal time for children in the Mary Morris Orphanage, run by the United Methodist Church click hereAfrica

Kamina, Democratic Republic of the Congo

The Kamina ministry in the Democratic Republic of Congo uses an integrated development model. This approach strategically links UMCOR health, agriculture and nutrition, and water and sanitation programs with NGO programs.
Thirty community health workers were identified through the Kamina Health Center community volunteer initiative. They were organized and given orientation on the benefits of agriculture and water and sanitation programs, as well as basic hygiene programs.

Community health workers are learning integrated crop and pest management practices. They have organized themselves to develop a group farm and plan to expand it each year. The community health workers will be further trained in household water filtration units that can be locally manufactured to provide income generation in addition to clean water. Cisterns or borehole wells will also be dug in communities in the future.
The overall, multi-year integrated program is expected to include improved food security and nutrition through sustainable agricultural techniques, livelihood opportunities through increased food production and water Back to Topfiltration production, and better health through appropriate water and sanitation systems.

Patrick Friday Interviews Dr. Caroline Njuki at Board Meeting 2011click hereAsia:

Philippines, Laiban Area

Working with the Dumagat indigenous people in the Philippines means understanding the challenges they face. Dumagat children trek long distances on treacherous mountainside paths to go to schools that may or may not have textbooks, supplies, or qualified teachers. In some of the villages, people who fall ill may be sent downriver via inner tube to reach the road that will take them to the nearest clinic. For some 30 years, talk of a dam being built that would flood and displace several Dumagat villages has overshadowed any steps to improve their plight.
Tatya LopeThe Dumagat people and Harris Memorial College, a Methodist College in the Philippines, have partnered with the General Board of Global Ministries, including UMCOR, to develop a comprehensive program that addresses education, sustainable agriculture, community-based health, and livelihood projects.
Harris Memorial has worked with the Dumagat people for a number of years and built trusted relationships with them through its community outreach program headed by Deaconess Angie Broncano.
One of the first programs to be implemented will improve Dumagat children's access to education. In collaboration with the Department of Education, an alternative learning system is being implemented in the area. Dumagats will be trained as local teachers. Better access to education will be a primary way for the Back to TopDumagat people to improve their circumstances and give back to their own communities well into the future

Hondurus Mission Initiativeclick hereLatin America/Caribbean:

Honduras, Mariposa Project in Talanga

This relatively new initiative will expand and integrate existing local ministries. A partnership with the United Methodist Mission in Honduras, this project has a goal to empower single mothers through education, vocational and trade training, health services, and cultural, community, and economic development. The project will be implemented by the local community with support from mission staff and with assistance from existing governmental institutions. Back to TopChurch members will be heavily involved, along with missionary oversight.

Ministry With the Romaclick hereEastern Europe

Ministry with the Roma (Gypsies)

Bishop Streiff has identified ministry with the Roma to be the priority ministry with the poor within the Central and Southern European Conferences of the Church. At the Bishop's request, Global Ministries participated in a two-day consultation in Budapest in February 2011, organized and led by the Bishop and his staff, among United Methodist Church Pastors and District Superintendents from Hungary, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Serbia, Macedonia, and the Czech Republic. Governmental officials, scholars, and NGOs engaged with the Roma also participated. Immediately prior to the Consultation, Global Ministries and Connexio were escorted on a three-day visitation with Roma Churches and communities in Eastern Slovakia and Hungary by the bishop's staff and local Methodist clergy.

The bishop and his staff are in conversation with Global Ministries about next steps in developing a collaborative initiative on ministry with the poor with the Roma community. Education and training of Back to Topindigenous Roma people is likely to be a priority focus of this new pilot project.

An immigrant seeks assistance at a JFON legal clinic in Grand Rapids, Michigan. JFON offers immigrants a clear understanding of their rights and of the resources to employ them. click hereDomestic and International:

Immigration and Global Migration

Building on the work of the Global Ministries Immigration Task Force and the United Methodist Task Force on Immigration, and in partnership with Bishop Carcano, Global Ministries is working in holistic collaboration with the Desert Southwest Conference, and supporting local churches and other groups in the United States who are working to understand and counter the economic, family, and human rights impact of current U.S. immigration policies that emerge from and contribute to conditions of poverty and human suffering.

Global Ministries is examining how a wide range of existing programs within the agency relate to global migration; analyzing U.S. immigration concerns within a global context; and exploring root causes of migration. Grants from Global Ministries Restorative Justice Program will be used to support partner organizations seeking to engage United Methodists in addressing restorative justice concerns related to detention and Back to Topdeportation.