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May 27, 2015 · Issue 9

This newsletter offers news about a Global Ministries grant to Christian Council of Mozambique for training on human rights and prevention of gender and domestic violence; a prayer for Peace with Justice Sunday, May 31; a resource on applying for missionary service; a video feature on Nepal missionaries Lester and Debbie Dornon, plus upcoming events.

NEWS: TRAINING LEADERS ON HUMAN RIGHTS, GENDER VIOLENCE
In Mozambique, training workshops on human rights and prevention of gender and domestic violence will begin June through December for church leaders, clergy and laity, thanks to a grant from Global Ministries to the Christian Council of Mozambique.

Many of the gender violence issues in Mozambique stem from a general lack of equality for women, men, and children, and the patriarchal structure of the society which legitimizes subordination in all aspects of life. There is also a general attitude among communities who do not acknowledge the seriousness of exercising abusive power over those viewed as weaker.

The workshops will help churches examine their current structure, polices and strategies for dealing with such matters, and learn how to enable and ensure the protection of human rights and dignity within their communities.

The training will also focus on human rights and theology in relation to gender equality, gender-based violence, and women’s rights and protection. About 500 people including 60 leaders from various churches in Maxixe, a large city in the province of Inhambane, will benefit from this program.

Another grant for $13,367 will go to the International Federation of Blue Cross to support training for the Southern Africa Recovery Ministries to develop and start self-help groups that will aid those recovering from substance abuse.


PRAYER: PEACE WITH JUSTICE SUNDAY, MAY 31
A mural promoting peace in three languages, English, Arabic and Hebrew, adorns a wall outside of Mars Elias Educational Institute in Ibilin, Israel.
Judith Santiago is the editorial and content coordinator for Global Ministries. She offers this prayer of peace and justice in observance of Peace with Justice Sunday, May 31. Click here for information and resources.

Gracious God, as we look at the world, we recognize its desperate need for a Savior to deliver her from endless crisis, injustices, conflict and pain.

We see a real need for your peace and justice to touch her borders, bringing with it the light of your hope and salvation.

Penetrate the church body and help us to be an instrument of your peace in our areas of influence – friends, family, church and community—to manifest this reality of hope.

Create in us the ability to be injustice breakers through public speech, prayer and advocacy when we see our brothers or sisters held by systems of discrimination and unfairness.

Break down any barriers within your church body and allow her to arise and proclaim your righteousness for peace and justice sake.

Your throne, O God, will last for ever and ever; a scepter of justice will be the scepter of your kingdom (Hebrews 1:8). Amen

RESOURCE: ARE YOU BEING CALLED?
Use to resource to help you discern whether you are being called to mission service.
"Are You Being Called,"? is a new Global Ministries mission brochure that will help you discern whether God is calling you to the mission field to serve others through The United Methodist Church.

The brochure highlights the agency’s goal in mission and its four areas of focus, offering quotes from current missionaries about their experience in coming to this life-changing decision. Be prayerfully led and trust in the faithfulness of God in your response.

View the brochure now to learn more, or learn about missionary service here.

MEDIA: NEPAL MISSIONARIES LESTER AND DEBBIE DORNON
Prior to the Nepal earthquake in April, United Methodist Missionaries Lester and Deborah Dornon visited Global Ministries' headquarters in New York City to share about their mission assignment in Nepal.

Lester Dornon serves as senior physician at Tansen Hospital in western Nepal in Asia. His wife Deborah is assigned as coordinator of expatriate services at Tansen. Together, they serve the needs of impoverished communities residing in the Himalayan Mountains who have limited access to healthcare.

Watch the video to learn more about their work.

UPCOMING EVENTS
Missionary Blessing Events
Click on the above story link for a list of annual conferences that will be commissioning missionaries this spring, with links to the missionaries’ bio pages. Learn how your church can enter a covenant relationship with any of these missionaries.

June 24-28
Youth 2015 is a national gathering to equip United Methodist youth and youth leaders for service and provide them the opportunity to experience and express their faith in new and vibrant ways. This national gathering occurs every four years. This year’s theme is ‘Go On’ and is grounded in both scripture and several of John Wesley’s sermons.

Orlando, Florida / Marriott World Center
Registration is open until May 31.


Photos in order of appearance: Mike DuBose/UMNS; Global Ministries and Christopher Tricomi.
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