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April 29, 2015 · Issue 7

This newsletter features news on improving literacy for youth in Buffalo, New York; a prayer for Nepal earthquake survivors; an article resource with scriptures to support creation care; a video feature highlighting the work of Chicuque Rural Hospital in Mozambique with Missionary Jeremias Franca; new UM agency mobile websites, and upcoming mission events.

In Buffalo, New York, which is ranked among the poorest cities in the nation, 1 in 3 residents are functionally illiterate. However, supervised after-school programs help improve academic achievement and performance.

Thanks to grant funds from Global Ministries through the Community Developers Program (CDP) of The United Methodist Church to Lincoln Memorial United Methodist Church in New York, the high-failing and illiteracy rates among students in the city of Buffalo will be addressed through its Sons of David afterschool and life skills program. The grant is a 5-year matching tier grant made possible by the Human Relations Day offering.

The Sons of David project will assist African-American males between the ages of 18 and 30 in literacy skills who are either lacking a high school diploma, a GED, or are unemployed. The church will receive a matching tier grant to pay toward the salary of a Community Developer who will run the after school program.

This is Lincoln’s first year in the CDP program—a program managed by LeKisha Reed, executive secretary of Networks and Constituencies for Global Ministries, and which receives 87 percent of the Human Relations Day offering to support similar work, training and much more.

A man runs past damaged houses as aftershocks of an earthquake are felt a day after the earthquake in Bhaktapur, Nepal April 26, 2015.
Global Ministries Missionary Katherine Parker who serves as part of the health team of the United Mission to Nepal, offers specific prayers for the people of Nepal following the devastating April 25 earthquake. Please share these points and continue to pray for Nepal’s recovery and learn more about how United Methodists are responding.

  • There is anxiety that this event will trigger another quake on one of Nepal’s other two fault lines and that more aftershocks will further destabilize buildings. Please pray Psalm 46 for the assurance of God's continued presence and protection.
  • Please pray for those who have lost loved ones and those who have lost their shelter either temporarily or permanently. Please pray for those sleeping outside that the weather will hold stable and it won't rain.
  • Water shortages are always a problem in Kathmandu, so please pray that the water supply will be sufficient and uncontaminated. Please pray that the temporary outdoor living will not lead to a cholera outbreak.
  • Please pray for our response team traveling to Kathmandu and for UMN staff as we implement our emergency response plan to help those in need.
  • Please pray for calm and release from fear as the aftershocks continue.

The Rev. Pat Watkins is a missionary with the General Board of Global Ministries assigned to the care of God’s Creation.
In this article resource, the Rev. Pat Watkins, a missionary with Global Ministries, offers a number of bible verses that demonstrate the relationship with God and relationship with the Earth. Watkins is assigned to the new and globally-focused United Methodist Ministry with God’s Renewed Creation.

He states, “The United Methodist Church is an amazing and powerful group of Christians because of our scriptures. We just don’t use that power enough. We need to be the voice of Creation care.”

Use this article as a discussion starter with your local church and community and delve deeper into the Scriptures, learning how God relates to His creation.

In this video, United Methodist Missionary Jeremias França who serves as administrator of Chicuque Rural Hospital in Mozambique, shares about the various health services Chicuque Hospital offers in addressing some of communities’ most pressing issues — malaria and tuberculosis.

The 200-bed hospital serves a population of 500,000 in the province of Inhambane and offers medical services in the areas of maternal and child health, dentistry, pediatrics, internal medicine, and more.

Watch the video now to learn more.

New mobile websites have recently launched for Global Ministries and UMCOR.
New, easy-to-use mobile versions of the Global Ministries and UMCOR websites have recently launched. With just one click or two, you can support missionaries, find Advance projects, locate volunteer opportunities, read the news, make a donation, or learn how to assemble relief-supply kits.

Is your mobile phone handy? Check it out now!

May 13-16
United Methodist Volunteers In Mission (UMVIM)
Individual Volunteers Orientation Training
Scarritt Bennett Center, Nashville, Tennessee

Photos in order of appearance: REUTERS/Navesh Chitraka; Rev. Pat Watkins, Mike Dubose, UMNS and Global Ministries.
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