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June 8, 2016 · Issue 12

In this issue of connectNmission, read about Abundant Health’s new 10,000 Church Challenge designed to encourage your local church to incorporate new healthy lifestyle choices and activities; watch a video that highlights the work of missionaries Larry and Jane Kies; and learn about upcoming events.

Ready your church for physical activity and healthy lifestyle choices by signing up for the 10,000 Church Challenge.

As a nurse, Timothy Winslea of Portland, Ore., is concerned about the physical health of the congregation at Montavilla United Methodist Church. As the pastor of Montavilla UMC, Winslea is concerned about the spiritual health of his congregation. Now, through a new program recently announced by The United Methodist Church, he is able to combine his two concerns into one as church members dedicate themselves to bringing the program called “Abundant Health: Our Promise to Children” to the people of the Rose City. [Read more.]

The Abundant Health: Our Promise to Children initiative seeks to engage at least 10,000 churches in the United States, like that of Montavilla UMC, to develop and support healthy lifestyle choices in their communities. Global Ministries is encouraging churches to engage their neighboring communities by promoting physical activity, a healthy diet and nutrition, providing education for tobacco- and drug-free living, and promoting mental health education.

Your church can participate in these efforts to reduce preventable deaths in the United States by increasing opportunities for healthier lifestyle choices.

So far, more than 50 churches have signed up indicating their commitment to promote activities in any one or more areas of health as a practice of their congregation. Learn more about the 10,000 Church Challenge and sign up today!

You can also watch a video in which Patricia Magyar, executive secretary for U.S. Health, Global Ministries, shares more about the 10,000 Church Challenge.

Larry and Jane Kies are United Methodist missionaries serving Mutare, Zimbabwe, in southern Africa.

Larry serves as technical advisor to the Africa University Farm working with the farm manager to develop an agricultural program that makes the university farm more efficient, and Jane Kies, originally from Zambia, teaches intensive English to students from non-English-speaking countries at Africa University in Mutare.

In the latest edition of the series Beyond the Anchor Cross: Mission from Everywhere to Everywhere, learn more about the Kies’ work and ministry and consider supporting their mission.


August 4-7, 2016
Metodistas Asociados Representando la Causa de los Hispano-Americanos (MARCHA)

MARCHA 2016 — “Embracing New Horizons”
San Juan, Puerto Rico
The MARCHA 2016 conference, entitled “Embracing New Horizons,” will reflect on the need to discern God’s call and desire in the area of new forms of ministry, which involve the training of disciples committed to Hispanic-Latino communities. Register here.

August 17-20
School of Congregational Development 2016

“Into the Deep”
Evanston, Illinois

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.

August 29- 31
Global United Methodist Clergywomen Gathering

21st World Methodist Conference
Houston, Texas

United Methodist clergywomen from around the world will gather in Houston to celebrate 60 years since the Methodist Church granted full clergy rights for women in the Methodist tradition. The General Board of Higher Education is one of the sponsors. Register here.

Photos in order of appearance:, Larry Kies

News image: Ready your church for physical activity and healthy lifestyle choices by signing up for the 10,000 Church Challenge. Photo:

Media image: Global Ministries missionary Larry Kies with his agricultural students at the Africa University Farm in Zimbabwe. Courtesy of Larry Kies.