This newsletter features news on The Learning Gym program for Chicago’s youth; a prayer in observance of Native American Ministries Sunday; a sustainable food resource in observance of Earth Day; a video feature highlighting the work of Missionary Karen Ujereh, and upcoming mission events.
THE LEARNING GYM INSPIRES AT-RISK CHICAGO YOUTH On the west side of Chicago, Illinois, communities are under-serviced and economically deprived, placing youth at risk for high crime activities.
A grant from Global Ministries to The Learning Gym through Clair Christian United Methodist Church in Illinois will empower and challenge low-income and at-risk urban youth to be independent and productive citizens.
The Learning Gym nurtures youth ages 10 to 17 through academic, social and athletic activities, which help youth go beyond societal expectations and helps them reach their full potential. The program receives seed funding as a part of the Community Developers Program of The United Methodist Church.
A community developer working through Clair UMC will work with schools, city and state agencies to coordinate enriching, uplifting and encouraging activities that will teach and empower youth to launch out and pursue leadership opportunities. About 50 to 100 young people will be the target participation for the first two years of the program.
PRAYER: NATIVE AMERICAN MINISTRIES SUNDAY, APRIL 19
This prayer in observance of Native American Ministries Sunday, April 19, is offered by the Rev. Glen Chebon Kernell, Jr., executive secretary of Native American & Indigenous Ministries for Global Ministries. He is also featured in this recent podcast about Native American Ministries Sunday.
Creator of all, you are known by many names throughout the world. We come to you this day in all humbleness, as we take pause from all of life’s voices and stop to recognize the presence and power of your creation. It is in this creation that we find the beauty of the diversity of life that You created; diversity of language, diversity of prayer and diversity of look. May our lives and the communities that we are a part of continually embrace this diversity in all forms. And on this day that we have set aside to recognize the Indigenous People of the United States, may we always work to correct the harms of history and injustice as we know you as a God of equality, love and beauty. And, as we celebrate Native American ministries, may we never forget the gifts of these sisters and brothers and how their presence makes us a better church. Amen.
—Rev. Glen Chebon Kernell, Jr.
RESOURCE: SUSTAINABLE FOOD IN A CHANGING CLIMATE Sustainable Food in a Changing Climate is a resource that explores the connection between climate change and food in our world and includes a call to worship, prayer and practical ideas to reduce waste.
As you observe Earth Day on April 22, use this resource to reflect how climate and food concerns impact us; how food production and consumption impact the climate and how climate change affects growing and accessing food.
Click here to learn more.
MEDIA: MALAWI: MISSIONARY KAREN UJEREH Karen Ujereh is a missionary with Global Ministries serving as director of the United Methodist Malawi Microfinance Program, based in Blantyre, Malawi.
In this video, Ujereh shares a testimony of how the Malawi microfinance program helped a young beneficiary start a small business and also provided her with a bicycle so she can travel to obtain more store supplies. This program is alleviating poverty and providing economic empowerment for the local community.
Watch the video now to learn more.
UPCOMING EVENTS April 23-25, 2015:
Worship + Service, a Ministry With* Training Event
St. John’s UMC, Houston, Texas
Growing 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
April 24-25 2015
Spiritual and Emotional Care Class
Wisconsin Annual Conference
Location: St James United Methodist Church
East Troy, Wisconsin 53120
Contact: Tom Rossmiller, DRC Wisconsin Conference, firstname.lastname@example.org
UMCOR, which is a part of Global Ministries, offers spiritual and emotional care training for annual conference personnel to learn how to be present to their neighbors in times of disaster by responding to their spiritual and emotional needs.
|Photos in order of appearance: Kathleen Barry; Creation Justice Ministries; Global Ministries and Decatur First United Methodist Church. |