NEWS: DEVELOPING HISPANIC/LATINO LEADERS IN DETROIT Thanks to a grant from Global Ministries’ National Plan for Hispanic/Latino Ministry, training will soon be available to Latino youth and young adults in the Detroit Annual Conference through the Michigan Area Hispanic Youth Leadership Academy. This program will help nurture the leadership capabilities of young adults in The United Methodist Church as they grow in faith and discern their call.
Currently, very few conference ministries are designed to contextually address the realities of the Latino young adult population. The funding will support the development of indigenous leadership within the annual conference and prepare youth pastors to work with Latino youth.
Training will include spiritual formation, social justice and the Bible, institutional racism, advocacy and community organizing, and other relevant topics.
Through this funding, the Michigan Area Hispanic Youth Leadership Academy will encourage youth to complete high school and pursue a college education; identify, recruit and train Latino youth for leadership; establish a network of seminary students to accompany Latino youth on their journey, and nurture their call to ordained ministry.
OPPORTUNITY FOR YOUNG ADULT MISSIONS Are you ready to share God's love and commit to a two-year life-changing mission opportunity?
Global Mission Fellows sends young adults ages 20-30 out of their home context for two years of mission service that engages them with local communities, connect the church in mission and grow in personal and social holiness.
Service applications for Global Mission Fellows are now being accepted. The priority date for submission is January 31, 2015 and the firm application deadline is March 31, 2015.
Learn more about Generation Transformation at www.umcmission.org/GT or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
PRAYER OF DISCERNMENT Dear Lord,
We give thanks and praise for all that you have done, and will do for us.
Thank you for your gentle guidance and loving embrace.
Thank you for being present with all those who are wrestling with their call.
Thank you for encouraging young people to discern their call to further your mission here on Earth.
Thank you for all those who are serving as missionaries throughout the world.
Thank for your light that shines brightly on your people who are created in your image.
Lord God, we give abundant thanks and praise for all opportunities that you present to us throughout
our lives. Help us all to ease any anxieties or frustrations that are upon us in this time of discernment,
transition, or intercession. Be with us, today, tomorrow, and always.
In Jesus Christ we pray, Amen
—Rachel deBos, Mission Advocate, Young Adult Mission Services
MISSION INSIGHTS FROM THE GENERAL SECRETARY A voice is heard in Ramah, weeping and wailing.
It’s Rachel crying for her children; she refuses to be consoled,
because her children are no more. (Jeremiah 31:15, CEB)
The past few weeks have been filled with violence and loss. Even as we were processing the pain felt in France and Yemen, we began to hear reports of the massacre by the Boko Haram in Baga, a small town in Borno State, Nigeria. According to Human Rights Watch, the extremist group burned much of the 10,000 resident town and took control of 16 neighboring villages displacing more than 30,000 people. Reports vary widely regarding the Baga massacre, but the death toll is estimated to be in the hundreds, with some reports placing it as high as 2,000.
Please join me in praying for all who are affected by these evil acts. The General Board of Global Ministries condemns this brutality. We stand in solidarity with our brothers and sisters who are building peace in the face of atrocity. We continue to pray for peace in northeast Nigeria where the Boko Haram has unleashed years of terror.
Dr. Olusimbo Ige, who works with Global Ministries’ Global Health unit, is originally from Nigeria. In response to the tragic news she lamented, “It is sad that young girls can be kidnapped, innocents slaughtered and entire villages and towns taken over with such impunity. Our thoughts and prayers are with our sisters and brothers in Nigeria and we join our voices with those of others praying for peace and justice to reign in Nigeria.”
Please join Dr. Ige and the people of Nigeria in the lifting up the words of the Nigerian National Anthem, “O God of all creation direct our noble cause, guide our leaders right. Help our youth the truth to know, in love and honesty to grow, and living just and true, great lofty heights attain to build a nation where peace and justice shall reign.”
RESOURCES FOR LENT As you prepare for Lent and Easter observances, resources centered on the Lenten season are available for church or individual use.
Praying with the World through Banners offers creative ideas to beautify your worship space using colorful fabric that will lift your spiritual experience as you observe Lent.
Find a calendar of dates, music, articles, meditations, and family resources to help you during this season of preparation.
Cokesbury, the retail division of The United Methodist Publishing House, offers a number of books, worship resources, studies and special service supplies for purchase that will enhance your congregation’s Lenten experience.
Learn about The Upper Room's new church wide worship and study series, “The God We Can Know: Exploring the I Am Sayings of Jesus,” by author Rob Fuquay, pastor of St. Luke's United Methodist Church in Indianapolis. The 7 weekly group sessions on DVD, filmed in the Holy Land along with leader's guide, is ideal for Lent and to deepen your relationship with God. Watch an introductory webcast here.
MEDIA: CAMBODIA: EMERGING WITH HOPE In the years following the killing of two million people during the Khmer Rouge regime in Cambodia, the country has slowly emerged with hope from its scarred past. Through the efforts of several ministries including the Cambodia Methodist Bible School, Community Health Agricultural & Development Project (CHAD), Street Children’s Ministry, and the efforts of United Methodist missionaries, the emergence of Christian leaders, livelihood improvement and education is seen throughout the country’s most vulnerable populations.
Watch the video now to learn more
Photos in order of appearance: Rachel DeBos; Cynthia Maupin; Kathleen Barry; and Cassandra Zampini .