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Connecting the Church in Mission

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March 16, 2016 · Issue 6

In this issue of connectNmission, learn how laity training courses in Vietnam have inspired church members to reach out to communities in need; sign up for daily meditations and prayer in preparation for the 2016 General Conference, and learn about upcoming events.
Global Ministries Missionary Quynh-Hoa Nguyen helps volunteers sort clothing for distribution to communities in need in the central highlands of Vietnam.
In the central highlands of Vietnam, United Methodist laypersons, inspired by laity training courses held last October, are serving their community by collecting old clothes to help people in need.

The idea came from a woman who was part of a discussion about ways to make a difference in the community with available resources.

Global Ministries Missionary Quynh-Hoa Nguyen, who serves as the director of leadership development of the United Methodist Mission in Southeast Asia, said, “I joined them and encouraged lay people in Saigon to collect old clothes. The project soon expanded as United Methodist pastors and friends from the larger community joined us via Facebook. Friends, both Christians and non-Christians from Saigon, South Korea, and West Anaheim UMC in California, also participated to my surprise,” continued Nguyen.

Within four weeks, members were able to collect 32 large bags of clothing, including five bags of warm winter clothes designated for those who endure cold weather in the highlands.

M.Div. students also volunteered to sort, ship, and pack items for churches in the central highlands, who then shared the clothes with their neighbors. Nguyen believes that it was God’s transformative work that inspired people to reach out to their neighbors and make their presence known in a positive way.

“Given the fact that community service is quite a new idea to Vietnamese Christians, including United Methodists, it is wonderful to see both United Methodist laity and clergy come together to become actively involved in this project,” said Nguyen.

RESOURCE: 60 DAYS OF PRAYER FOR THE 2016 GENERAL CONFERENCE
60 Days of Prayer
As church leaders and delegates gather in Portland, Oregon, May 10–20, to discern God’s will for The United Methodist Church, you are invited to participate through prayer that will help guide United Methodists around the world in fulfilling God’s purposes.

The Upper Room staff has produced 60 Days of Prayer in preparation for the 2016 General Conference that will guide you through the forty days before the opening session, through the eleven days of General Conference, and into the nine days after its conclusion.

The meditations in this booklet begin the week after Easter, on Thursday, March 31, and continue through Sunday, May 29. Sign up today to receive the daily meditations.

UPCOMING EVENTS

March 25
Good Friday

Christians commemorate Christ’s sacrifice on the cross, often with a Tenebrae service, which means service of darkness or shadows. Get worship resources for this coming Holy Week in Korean, Spanish, and English from Discipleship Ministries.

March 27
Easter

United Methodist Discipleship Ministries offers worship and devotional resources to celebrate Christ’s resurrection.

March 30 - April 2
Native American Course of Study
North Central Jurisdiction United Methodist Church

This is a national school for Native American local pastors and local pastors who are working in Native American ministries. Every U.S. jurisdiction has students and/or instructors in the school, which will be held at Oneida United Methodist Church, Oneida, Wisconsin, about 10 miles southwest from the Green Bay airport. Housing will be provided by parishioners.

Photos in order of appearance: Quynh-Hoa Nguyen and The Upper Room