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September 28, 2016 · Issue 20

In this issue of connectNmission, save the date for this year’s UMC #GivingTuesday event; learn how 2015 UMC #GivingTuesday donations served the needs of communities in Ecuador, Bolivia, and Uganda; get information about the Zika virus; and learn about upcoming events.


UMC #GIVINGTUESDAY, NOV. 29—SAVE THE DATE
Save the date for the upcoming UMC #GivingTuesday event on Nov. 29.
On Nov. 29, United Methodists will come together to support the work of Advance missionaries and projects on UMC #GivingTuesday. Last year, more than 770 Advance missionaries and projects received 8,757 gifts through The Advance, the denomination’s designated giving channel.

The theme for UMC #GivingTuesday 2016 is “Give Light, Give Love, Give Life.” Every day, you give God’s light, love, and life through your faithful work, prayers, and gifts.

This year, consider supporting a project that is working in an area you care most about. Gifts made through The Advance make a tangible difference in the lives of those we serve. Also, look out for more information and resources coming soon at www.umcgivingtuesday.org.

NEWS: UMC GIFTS ENHANCE GLOBAL MISSION SERVICE
In Mukono, Uganda, Agape students and SIFAT team members share free time together, learning music and getting to know one another better.
Servants in Faith and Technology (SIFAT), Advance 982812, based in Lineville, Ala.,serves many vulnerable people around the world. The nonprofit Christian organization, which provides training in community development, was able to directly impact 2,500 children in Ecuador, 4,000 people in Bolivia, and 200 students and staff in Uganda, plus many more communities in part through UMC #GivingTuesday donations made last year.

UMC #GivingTuesday gifts also enhanced SIFAT’s work to expand its after-school programs for impoverished children in Ecuador, including tutoring, hot meals, and spiritual formation. The funding also provided opportunities for church growth and outreach in marginalized communities.

In Bolivia, a public health initiative and dental clinic are providing healthcare to remote villages in the Andes Mountains, which allows young adults to become involved in the future of their communities. 

In Mukono, Uganda, participants in the Agape Total Childcare Center have many reasons to praise God. Since Agape’s founding in 2008 by William Nsubuga, a SIFAT graduate, the center has grown to include an orphanage, a Christian high school, and a farm.

Many of Agape’s children have either lost parents to HIV and AIDS or have lived their lives on the streets.  But, through Agape they are finding hope for a better future, as some of the students have already graduated with a trade school certificate or college degree. By the end of 2016, SIFAT expects more than half of the Agape children to have graduated from high school and have the opportunity to attend a trade school or university. This work was made possible through the contributions from generous SIFAT supporters that include UMC #GivingTuesday donors.

Each year, UMC #GivingTuesday donations help motivate SIFAT supporters to give more.  As a result, the funds have helped bridge gaps between under-funded projects and has prepared SIFAT to underwrite programs for the coming year.

You can support this work with your gifts to Servants in Faith and Technology (SIFAT), Advance 982812.

RESOURCE: ZIKA VIRUS

Get the latest tips on Zika virus prevention using resources from the Centers for Disease Control Prevention.
The outbreak of Zika has been building up over the past several months, and there are now more than 3,000 reported cases in the United States, particularly in Florida.

The Global Health unit of Global Ministries in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDD) is helping to get important information out about Zika, including how to prevent infection, especially for pregnant women; and precautions on travel to affected areas.

Read these informative resources offered by the CDC to get you in-the-know: Top 5 Things to Know About Zika and Pregnant and Worried About Zika?

UPCOMING EVENTS

September 30
Apply to become a Global Mission Fellow


On September 30, Global Mission Fellow applications will be 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.


October 2
World Communion Sunday

An offering on this United Methodist Special Sunday helps to provide scholarships for national and international graduate students. Get resources or download a World Communion Sunday Pastor and Leader’s Kit.

October 22–24
“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.

Photos in order of appearance:

UMC #GivingTuesday banner: Save the date for the upcoming UMC #GivingTuesday event on Nov. 29.

News: In Mukono, Uganda, Agape students and SIFAT team members share free time together, learning music and getting to know one another better. Photo: Tom Corson

Resource: Get the latest tips on Zika virus prevention using resources from the Centers for Disease Control Prevention. Image courtesy of CDC.