In this issue of connectNmission, learn how UMC #GivingTuesday donations are helping to train community health workers in Mexico; watch a video highlighting Global Ministries missionary Belinda Forbes, who serves in Nicaragua; and learn about upcoming events.
NEWS: REACHING RURAL COMMUNITIES IN MEXICO
Luz Maria Trujillo is a 61-year-old woman from Coacalco, Mexico. Several years ago, she completed her studies as a community-based primary health worker through Give Ye Them To Eat (GYTTE), Advance #07629A. GYTTE is an integrated development program for the rural sector of South-Central Mexico.
Trujillo donates her time to train women in preventative care, traveling many hours by bus to reach the training center. Thankfully, GYTTE has been able to cover her travel expenses because of generous UMC #GivingTuesday donations that came to the project in 2014 and 2015.
Trujillo also has trained many women to become community health workers through GYTTE’s “More Than a Bandage” program. Through this community and family health program, women complete their studies in basic health and sanitation, intermediate first-aid, and advanced health courses. The women graduate and serve their families, neighbors, and community on a volunteer basis. They also join medical teams and visit various rural and remote clinics, teaching patients preventative care.
“We thank God and Global Ministries for giving GYTTE yet another way to increase the funding and provide development opportunities for disadvantaged families, so they can progress within their own communities, culture, and country,” agreed Terry and Muriel Henderson, retired Global Ministries missionaries who support the program.
But training health-care workers is only part of what UMC #GivingTuesday donations are making possible at GYTTE. The donations are helping to:
You can support Give Ye Them To Eat (GYTTE), Advance #07629A, which helps villagers become self-sustaining through agriculture and livestock development, community and family health, and church and faith development. It also offers continuing education for rural pastors.
- Prepare seminary students for courses on agricultural and livestock development in rural villages where they will be appointed to serve
- Support GYTTE’s Alternative Work/Study and Reality Experience (AWARE) Program, where various community groups come to the Tree of Life Training Center for guided tours about the many technologies, construction methods, materials, and livestock management practices taught by GYTTE’s staff
- Provide volunteers, interns, and work/study teams to experience rural Mexico and learn about rural development, outreach ministry, and the work of the Methodist Church of Mexico
MEDIA: MISSIONARY BELINDA FORBES
Nicaragua is one of the poorest countries in Latin America. Widespread malnutrition and inadequate water and sanitation systems produce ongoing health risks. Reaching these underserved communities to provide health care and foster sustainability are challenges for Acción Medica Cristiana (AMC), Advance #14846A, because the people they serve often live in remote and isolated communities.
Thankfully, AMC works to empower local people to identify and respond to root problems that impact their communities’ health.
“Health promoters are trained to derive appropriate solutions to basic health-care needs,” explained Belinda Forbes, a Global Ministries missionary who serves AMC as the international liaison for community health. It’s a role that engages her in providing dental care, training, communications, partnership development, and in promoting AMC’s work.
Watch Forbes as she shares more of her role at AMC in this latest addition to Beyond the Anchor Cross: Mission from Everywhere to Everywhere.
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. Register here.
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: In February 2016, these women in Mexico were trained as community-based primary health workers through the Give Ye Them To Eat program. Photo courtesy of GYTTE.