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April 1, 2015 · Issue 5

This newsletter offers news on Global Ministries’ support of a local food pantry; an Easter Sunday prayer; an opportunity to apply for a School of Congregational Development scholarship; a United Methodist Mission Map resource, a video feature on Global Ministries Missionary Helen Sheperd, and upcoming mission events.

NEWS: PROVIDING HEALTHIER FOOD CHOICES
In a recently approved grant, Global Ministries will support the food pantry program of Emory Beacon of Light, Inc., (EBOL) a ministry of Emory United Methodist Church, to provide meals to an increasing number of families in need in the Brightwood community and surrounding areas of Washington, DC.

EBOL, a community development organization established in 1996, enhances the economic and social vitality of the Brightwood community by offering a range of services to marginalized community members through affordable housing, supplemental food programs, small business development, and enhanced educational programs.

Global Ministries’ funding will enable EBOL Food Pantry to offer a wider variety of food items as well as healthier food choices for local families in need of food assistance.

The Emory Food Pantry is open every Tuesday and provides food to more than 56 families. In 2014, EBOL provided food to over 2,847 individuals and more than 1,601 families. EBOL plans to increase the number of people being fed to 3,500.


OPPORTUNITY: RACIAL ETHNIC SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE NOW
Apply for a scholarship to attend the School of Congregational Development in Indianapolis.
For the past four years, Global Ministries has provided racial ethnic scholarships to more than 330 clergy, lay and seminarian students across the continental United States to attend the annual School of Congregational Development in Indianapolis.

The goal is to assist as many clergy, laity and/or seminarians as possible. The application is online and can be accessed 24/7. Please note that scholarship awards will be made on a "first come" basis, so apply early.

PRAYER: EASTER SUNDAY, APRIL 5
An Easter Lily.
The Rev. Elizabeth Tapia, director of Mission Theology for Global Ministries, offers this hope-filled prayer for use on Easter Sunday, April 5.

Hallelujah, Christ is Risen!
Risen Christ, the Resurrection and the Life, turn our mourning and grief into a morning of solidarity and a brand new hope.

May your abundant love spring forth from our hearts, as a budding flower or tropical rain that heals.


Hallelujah, Christ is Risen!
God of Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James and accompanying women who witnessed the empty tomb of Jesus, we praise Your name. We believe in the good news of Your saving, healing, comforting and renewing love. (Luke 24:10). May hope and healing, reconciliation, justice and peace, take root and bloom everywhere.


Hallelujah, Christ is Risen!
Divine Spirit, may the stones in our lives roll away, so that with the beloved Easter community sent by the resurrected Christ, we too can rise to live authentically, serve humbly and relate joyfully.
Amen.

—Rev. Elizabeth S. Tapia


RESOURCE: UNITED METHODIST MISSION MAP
Discover what missionaries are doing around the world with this Mission Map resource.
Interested in discovering what missionaries are doing around the world?

Take a look at the new United Methodist Mission Map. This digital map allows you to explore the diverse work of the more than 300 United Methodist missionaries who are serving as pastors, teachers, doctors, nurses, social workers, church planters, and more. The map includes stories of individuals, projects, and partners that represent the changing world of mission.

Explore the map now to learn more.

MEDIA: MONGOLIA: MISSIONARY HELEN SHEPERD
Global Ministries Missionary Helen Sheperd (left) with a hospice patient in Mongolia.
In this new video, Helen Sheperd, Global Ministries’ missionary serving in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, shares about the mission work and the culture of the Mongolian people, as well as the current work of raising local leaders.

Shepherd is retiring as of June, 2015, but will return to Mongolia after a brief stint in the U.S. to develop strong partners within the Mongolia mission network and to transition her replacement at Grace Hospice.

Watch the video now.

UPCOMING EVENTS
National UMC Caring for Creation Conference

April 23-25, 2015:
Worship + Service, a Ministry With* Training Event
St. John’s UMC, Houston, Texas

Learn how to grow a culturally-diverse congregation.

April 24-25, 2015:
Environmental Resurrection: Let Justice Roll Down Like Waters
Decatur First United Methodist Church, Decatur, GA

8th Annual National Caring for Creation Conference: Keynotes include: Dr. Olusimbo Ige, director of the new Global Health unit of Global Ministries; Pat Watkins missionary for Care of God's Creation; Global Ministries, and Denise Honeycutt, deputy general secretary, UMCOR.


Photos in order of appearance: Kathryn Price, UM Communications; Kathleen Barry, UMNS; Global Ministries; Chris Heckert, and Decatur First UMC.
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