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July 8, 2015 · Issue 12

This newsletter contains news on the construction of a new high school in Belize, thanks primarily to UMC #GivingTuesday donations; a prayer for Global Ministries’ Mission Initiatives; an upcoming webinar for older adult ministry, and a video featuring United Methodist Missionaries Ronald and Devorah Julian who are currently serving in Japan.

NEWS: STUDENTS ATTEND BELIZE SCHOOLS THANKS TO UMC GIFTS
Students in Belmopan Methodist High School in Belize.
Located on the eastern coast of Central America, Belize is a nation rich in culture and Mayan ruins. But, in regards to education, only 45 percent of youth attend school beyond the primary level.

A lack of secondary education is a concern for Lisa Williams, who serves as a volunteer coordinator for the Belize/Honduras District of the Methodist Church in the Caribbean and Americas. She states, “There was a time when Belize had a very high literacy rate as compared to surrounding countries. When Belize became an independent nation in 1981 there was a lack of priority in the new government in regards to secondary school.”

But, thanks to last year’s UMC #Giving Tuesday donations made through The Advance to the Belmopan Methodist High School, Advance #3021922, a new high school providing secondary education will soon be completed in Belmopan, the capital city of Belize by fall 2016. The construction of the school will impact approximately 380 children and 20 teachers, as well as several community vendors who market their food items near the school.

One of the students, Nelson Amador says, “I am so thankful to God for this school and for everyone that has made this opportunity possible for me.”

Read the full story.


PRAYER: MISSION INITIATIVES
Please pray for In Mission Together program, partnership churches and countries serving the needs of their respective local communities.
The Rev. Patrick Friday, Director of In Mission Together, offers a prayer for local leaders and missionaries serving United Methodist Mission Initiatives, which are new church start-ups in new places outside the United States, planted through the work of the Global Ministries.

O God of grace and mercy,

May your Spirit be upon all of those serving the church around the world, especially in emerging areas of missional engagement. These places, Mission Initiatives, need your special protection and care. We are grateful for the local leaders and missionaries who are committed to risk-taking-ministry in these communities. As your hands and feet, they are radically dependent on your Spirit to strengthen them as they confront the powers and principalities in their midst. Through the tension and uncertainty, they are sharing hope and comfort, encouraging peace and justice, bringing people together as the body of Christ. Thank you for watching over them and allowing us to partner in this journey of faith.

Amen.

RESOURCE: OLDER ADULT MINISTRY WEBINAR
Next month on August 11 at 10:00 a.m. (ET) Discipleship Ministries is hosting a live webinar where you can learn ways to minister to, for and with older adults through worship. The event is titled, “Seasons: The Liturgical Year Opportunities for Older Adult Ministry.”

This webinar will look at liturgical seasons and special days that will draw out the unique gifts and desires of older adults in worship. Themes such as the purpose and meaning of life, the changing nature of calling, and legacy through story, will be explored in this live event.

The webinar will be recorded and will be available in a webinar archive for those who cannot attend the live event. Register now.

MEDIA: MISSIONARIES RONALD AND DEVORAH JULIAN
In this video, Global Ministries Missionaries Ronald and Devorah Anne Umipig Julian from the Philippines share about their respective missionary assignments in Japan. Ronald serves as a chaplain with the International Seafarers Ministry in Yokohama and Devorah serves as a social worker for the Christian Coalition for Refugees and Migrant Workers in Tokyo.

Devorah shares the joy of sponsoring a refugee family from Ethiopia, recognizing the move of God in her life, which is enriching those she serves.

Watch the video to learn more.

UPCOMING EVENTS
2015 School of Congregational Development

August 13-16, 2015
2015 School of Congregational Development—“Crossroads”
Indianapolis, Indiana
Click here to learn about new satellite broadcasts

August 27-30
North Central Jurisdiction Disaster Response Academy*
Conference: Iowa
Location: Wesley Woods Camp and Retreat Center, Indianola, IA
Register Here

*UMCOR, which is a part of Global Ministries, offers disaster response training for annual conference personnel to learn how to be present to their neighbors in times of disaster by responding to their most critical needs.


Photos in order of appearance: Lisa Williams, Kathleen Barry, Ronald and Devorah Julian and School of Congregational Development.