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June 22, 2016 · Issue 13

In this issue of connectNmission, learn how 2015 UMC #GivingTuesday donations helped communities in Costa Rica get clean water; watch Missionary Esther Gitobu share a personal reflection about seeing the transformation of Cambodian communities she serves; and learn about upcoming events.

A student in Los Chiles, Costa Rica, drinks clean water from a new well for the first time.
Around the world, 668 million people do not have access to clean drinking water to meet their everyday needs. Among the poor and especially in developing countries, diarrhea, a preventable disease, becomes a major killer for those under 5 years of age.

Agua Viva Serves (AVS), Advance #3021984, a mission project supported by First United Methodist Church in Winter Park, Fla. and other United Methodist congregations and ecumenical partners, addressed this issue by drilling and building a well system that provided clean water for hundreds of people in Los Chiles, Costa Rica. The communities were experiencing illness due to contaminated water. The project was made possible by generous donations made to AVS during last year’s UMC #GivingTuesday event. One woman, Tomasa Lazo Davila, explained the benefits she’s seen since the instillation of the new well.

“Before this project, the whole community would get their drinking and bathing water from a nearby river. This water would cause a lot of diarrhea and vomiting. We’ve always asked for water, but everyone would say ‘no’ because we live in an isolated community and because most people [here] are Nicaraguans. Because of those things, we couldn’t get water anywhere—until Agua Viva came with this project! Now everyone is extremely happy because of the water. The outbreaks and viruses have gone down, nobody has to go wash in the river, and everyone is overjoyed with this water. The change in the children has been especially drastic. They aren’t sick as often as they used to be—no more diarrhea, vomiting, and going to the hospital.”

For this upcoming year, AVS has four large-scale water system projects planned, thanks to UMC #GivingTuesday donations. These systems will provide clean water to more than 1,000 people in various communities of Los Chiles. They will provide the tools, education and technology for communities to improve their lives and health.

After years working for the Central Bank in Kenya, transferring commercial funds to the government, Global Ministries missionary Esther Gitobu, originally from Kenya and serving in Cambodia, shares how she now sees how even modest financial contributions are helping to bring true transformation to the lives of young adults and communities in Cambodia.

Watch now.


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.

Aug. 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.

News image: A student in Los Chiles, Costa Rica, drinks clean water from a new well for the first time. Photo: Agua Viva Serves

Media image: Cambodian students in school. Video still: Esther Gitobu