CONNECTNMISSION GOES ON HIATUS Dear friends,
As the General Board of Global Ministries finalizes its transition to its new Atlanta headquarters this fall, the connectNmission newsletter will be on hiatus. We want to give thanks to you, our faithful supporters, who continually undergird the work of our missionaries, mission partners, and Advance projects through your financial support and prayers. Thank you for looking to the connectNmission newsletter as your source of information for the various ways we serve in mission around the world. In the meantime, you can stay connected with Global Ministries through Facebook. We look forward to reaching out to you in 2017 from our new home base in Atlanta.
In this issue of connectNmission, learn how one Advance project in Zimbabwe is increasing awareness of HIV and AIDS in multiple communities and countries; get resources for the upcoming UMC #GivingTuesday event on November 29; apply to become a Global Missions Fellow; and learn about upcoming events.
NEWS: UMC GIFTS SUPPORT AIDS PROJECT IN ZIMBABWE
Zimbabwe has a projected population of 13 million people, and is among the countries in sub-Saharan Africa worst affected by HIV and AIDS. Living Well with AIDS, Advance #3021529, a project generously funded during last year’s UMC #GivingTuesday event, is working to engage communities in taking responsibility for becoming AIDS-free.
HIV-positive individuals are learning how to come to grips with HIV as a chronic disease with the help of AIDS education, testing, and support groups. Living Well with AIDS is specifically reaching out to single mothers, who are most at-risk for HIV and have few resources or support.
Enjeline Shanga, 39, says, “I have gained more knowledge, especially knowing the difference between HIV and AIDS. I also have gained self-confidence, speaking to people as a peer educator.”
Diane Dickson, 40, adds, “I now realize the importance of early testing and treatment, and I also got the opportunity to be screened for cervical cancer. We [my husband and I] now know our HIV status.”
With the proper tools, education, and methods carried out in one-year awareness campaigns, Living Well with AIDS is now expanding its HIV awareness and prevention work to communities in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia. The project has demonstrated that 82 percent of a community can be tested for HIV and gain critical HIV prevention education. Richard Alton of Euclid Avenue United Methodist Church, Oak Park, Northern Illinois Annual Conference, is the project manager for Living Well with AIDS, who works with partners to bring HIV awareness and prevention to some of the most vulnerable communities.
In 2015, Living Well with AIDS worked with six new Zimbabwe communities and engaged and trained 120 local leaders. The project conducted several workshops, including the prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV.
You can support Living Well with AIDS, Advance #3021529, with you gifts and help the project reach its goal of reaching four new communities in Zimbabwe each year, and training 120 more peer educators.
RESOURCE: UMC #GIVINGTUESDAY, NOV. 29
On November 29, you are invited to come together with thousands of United Methodists to support the work of Advance projects and missionaries on UMC #GivingTuesday.
A variety of specialized toolkits for Advance projects, missionaries, churches, annual conferences, and youth pastors are now available to use and share. You can also use an Advent liturgy and select from a number of web banners to share on your social media networks.
This year, consider supporting a project that is working in an area you care about, such as hunger and poverty, education, or social justice. For a complete list of projects, visit The Advance.
APPLY TO BECOME A GLOBAL MISSION FELLOW
Are you a young adult or do you know a young adult who is ready to share God's love and commit to a two-year life-changing mission opportunity? Generation Transformation Global Mission Fellow applications are available online through March 3, 2017. Be among the first to apply!
Global Mission Fellows are faith-filled young adults, 20-30 years old, who have a passion for service, care about justice, and are committed to serve for two years. Learn more.
“The All People Conference: Welcoming the Stranger”
Church for All People/Community Development for All People
This event is for leaders who wish to foster racially and economically diverse congregations, and will be held at, United Methodist Church for All People, 946 Parsons Avenue; Columbus, Ohio. Speakers include Bishops Minerva Carcaño and Gregory V. Palmer. Cost is $245. Register here.
United Methodist Student Day
One of six churchwide Special Sundays of The United Methodist Church, United Methodist Student Day, November 27, provides scholarships for qualified United Methodist applicants.
When you give generously on United Methodist Student Day, you support qualified students as they prepare for a life that unites faith with knowledge.Watch video and get resources.
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Community HIV and AIDS Peer Educators wear “Zimbabwe 50” t-shirts and hats in preparation for training in Living Well with AIDS and leadership of self-help-groups. Photo: Courtesy of Living Well with AIDS.
Save the date for the upcoming UMC #GivingTuesday event on November 29.
Global Mission Fellows of the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries celebrate with officiants and those who helped train them following a service at Grace United Methodist Church in Atlanta, Georgia, this past August. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS
Use and share this United Methodist Student Day bulletin insert. United Methodist Communications