In this issue of connectNmission, learn how UMC #GivingTuesday donations helped provide books for students in economically distressed areas of Missouri; watch Missionary David Makobo N'shikala share about his agricultural mission work in Senegal; and learn about upcoming events.
NEWS: SUMMER EDUCATION BOOSTS LEARNING
During summer vacation, children who live in economically distressed areas such as the south side of St. Louis, Missouri, can lose from one-and-a-half to three months of their academic skills. This is known as “summer slide.” However, children who participated in the Children’s Defense Fund (CDF) Freedom Schools program last year through Kingdom House Children Services, Advance #561320, did not experience this academic slide.
Thanks to generous UMC #GivingTuesday donations made to Kingdom House last year, books were purchased and provided to the scholars of the CDF Freedom School program, which helped to instill a love of reading in each scholar.
Misti Johnson, afterschool/summer camp coordinator, explains, “The books purchased are all hand-picked by a team of educational experts, and culturally relate to the students we serve.”
Research has shown that reading levels and grades improve dramatically for those who successfully complete the program. The program generates more positive attitudes toward learning, increases self-esteem, and connects the needs of children and families to the resources of their communities. It also provides summer and afterschool reading enrichment for children who might otherwise not have access to books.
In the future, Kingdom House would like to increase the number of children served to 150 by recruiting new students from the neighborhood and the surrounding schools. The project’s goal is to send children back to school in the fall with improved reading skills.
You can support this work with your gifts to Kingdom House Children’s Services, Advance #561320.
MEDIA: CREATING SUSTAINABILITY IN SENEGAL
Missionary David Makobo N'shikala from the Democratic Republic of Congo serves as an agriculturalist with the Senegal United Methodist Mission, based in Dakar.
In this latest addition to Beyond the Anchor Cross: Mission From Everywhere to Everywhere, Makobo shares how farmers are improving their standards of living, transitioning from grass huts to brick homes, through increased food production and sustainable methods.
Watch now to learn more.
School of Congregational Development 2016
“Into the Deep”
The School of Congregational Development is a premier event for equipping conference leaders, clergy, and laity to lead vital, dynamic, life-changing congregations. Sponsored by Discipleship Ministries, Global Ministries, and Path 1, this year’s event is being hosted by the Northern Illinois Conference and Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary. Register here.
September 25-27, 2016
Transforming Communities Summit - A Ministry With the Poor Experiential Training
Theressa Hoover Memorial UMC
Better Community Development
Little Rock, Arkansas
The Transforming Communities Summit will provide churches, faith-based groups, nonprofit organizations and community leaders a first-hand opportunity to witness, experience, and exchange ideas on strategies to strengthen our communities, create partnerships within the community, and network with others engaged in ministries with the poor.
October 22, 2016
The All People Conference: Welcoming the Stranger
Church and Community Development for All People
Diverse gifts strengthen the Body of Christ, helping us become local agents for community development and reconciliation. Explore how multicultural ministry can take your church community to the next level. Whether you yearn to take the next step in reaching out to a community that is different from the people who sit in the pews on Sunday, or are already engaged in multicultural, multi-class ministry and desire for it to grow deeper, this experience is for you.
News: Kingdom House CDF Freedom School students. Photo courtesy of Kingdom House.