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September 3, 2015 · Issue 16

In this issue of connectNmission, learn about the recent commissioning of Global Mission Fellows in Zimbabwe, and upcoming events.

NEWS: NEW GLOBAL MISSION FELLOWS COMMISSIONED TO SERVE
An anchor cross is vested upon Global Mission Fellow Henry Kibambe of the North Katanga Episcopal Area who will be serving in the Philippines.
After three intense weeks of missionary training, 37 young adults from 16 countries were commissioned for service on August 30 at the Revelation United Methodist Church in Harare, Zimbabwe.

The 2015 class of international Global Mission Fellows will spend two years in ministries focused on justice and community development and will serve in Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America. They were joined by 15 young adults earlier assigned to work in the United States as Global Mission Fellows.

More than half of the group is from African annual (regional) conferences and many will serve in parts of Africa thousands of miles from their homelands. More than a dozen of the new missionaries are graduates of Africa University, and four in the international group are from the United States.

Bishop John K. Yambasu of Sierra Leone led the commissioning service and shared with the burgeoning missionaries the need to be anchored in the love of Jesus Christ, as anchor crosses were passed out to each new missionary. The anchor cross represents the secure link to God over smooth or turbulent passages.

Kneeling cushions provided by Revelation UMC were also given as gifts to the new missionaries as a reminder for them to depend upon God for strength and guidance for their journey ahead.

Global Mission Fellows is a program of Global Ministries that provides young adult mission service opportunities for young adults ages 20-30. Young adults are invited to engage with the local communities, connect the church in mission, and grow in personal and social holiness.

Learn more about the recently-commissioned 37 young adult missionaries.


UPCOMING EVENTS

September 15 – October 15

Hispanic Heritage Month

National Hispanic Heritage Month celebrates the culture and traditions of Hispanic Americans. The observance begins in mid-September because the 15th is the anniversary of independence of Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua; the 16th for Mexico; and the 18th for Chile.

September 27-29, 2015

Ministry With* Training Event

Theressa Hoover UMC and Better Community Development Inc. (BCD)
Little Rock, Ark.

At the “Keys to Empowerment Summit,” learn how to create ministries in your church and community. The mission of BCD Inc. is to improve the quality of life for low-income, underserved, disadvantaged and at-risk children, youth and families through addiction treatment, career readiness, youth activities, supportive housing programs, and economic development. Register by September 5, 2015 for special rate. Register at Eventbrite.

October 15-17, 2015

Do No Harm 2015 Conference: Best Practices for Health, Accountability and Wholeness
Crown Plaza Hotel, Chicago O'Hare

Do No Harm is a sexual ethics summit addressing the most recent developments and challenges in prevention of and response to abuse, misconduct, and harassment of a sexual nature, particularly by people in ministerial roles (both lay and clergy) within The United Methodist Church. The United Methodist Commission on the Status and Role of Women is the sponsor.

Photo: An anchor cross is vested upon Global Mission Fellow Henry Kibambe of the North Katanga Episcopal Area who will be serving in the Philippines. Photo by Adam Shaw