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June 10, 2015 · Issue 10

This newsletter offers news on a MARCHA event for Latino youth leadership development; a prayer for Nepal earthquake recovery; a resource to help children process disastrous events, a New World Outlook photo slideshow on Latin America, and upcoming events.

On August 13-15, MARCHA will host a training to equip Latino youth and prepare them for leadership roles in the church.
Global Ministries has been a longtime supporter of MARCHA (Methodists Associated Representing the Cause of Hispanic Americans). One example is in providing assistance for workshops that empowers Latino youth and young adults and increases their participation as leaders into the life of the church.

On August 13-15, 2015, MARCHA will gather 25-30 youth and young adult leaders from five jurisdictions and the Methodist Church of Puerto Rico for leadership enhancement training in Madison, Wisconsin that will offer a rich learning experience for young adults, ages 16-28. The event is supported by Global Ministries and will enable Latino youth to become more effective leaders in their local churches, districts and annual conferences.

The youth, who come recommended by their pastors, will be exposed to the Wesleyan concept of social holiness and learn how to live out this spiritual discipline in Latino communities. They will engage in a dialogue about the church’s call to social justice and action and will participate in MARCHA’s annual meeting themed “El Pueblo: Forging Ways of Equity, Justice and Peace.” Here, they will work on the legislation and resolutions that MARCHA will submit to the 2016 General Conference.

A woman in Nepal drinks recently purified water thanks to UMCOR implementing partner GlobalMedic.
Katherine Parker, missionary with Global Ministries who serves as part of the Health Team of the United Mission to Nepal (UMN), shares a new list of prayer requests as response efforts in Nepal continue after the April 25 earthquake.

  • Please pray for the seven emergency community health facilitators, local health workers and female community health volunteers as they spend the next three months sharing key health messages and coordinating nutrition, reproductive health, psycho-social support and WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) responses in remote parts of Dhading district.
  • Please pray for the provision and distribution of seed stock so that farmers can plant this year's crop before the monsoon and avert future food insecurity.
  • Please pray for those whose homes are severely damaged or destroyed that monsoon stable housing can be quickly constructed.
  • Please pray for those living in the far north where even walking paths have been damaged that needed imports like salt will be available in sufficient supply.
  • Please pray for UMN's on-going long-term development work in other less-affected districts that they will not be forgotten and projects will flourish. Pray especially for our office in Doti (far-western region) that was also damaged during an aftershock.
  • Please pray for those who have lost family members and homes.

Recent events in Baltimore and natural disasters such as the Nepal earthquake and tornadoes in the U.S. expose children to many images of destruction and violence that they may not be ready to process.

The UMC Children’s Ministry is offering a list of various resources including books and articles to help your children respond to the violent events through prayer and action. Activity suggestions such as creating prayer boxes or making prayer collages are also included along with song selections and interactive games.

View this special photo feature developed as a companion piece to New World Outlook which captures the diverse practices and rich culture of Methodists in Latin America and the Caribbean.

“Methodism in Latin America and the Caribbean” is the focus of the May-June 2015 issue of New World Outlook. Click here to subscribe to the magazine.

June 17
Window on Wesley Theological Seminary
9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. EDT.
June 17 is an opportunity for prospective students to get to know the Wesley community in Washington and to experience a day in the life of a Wesley seminarian.

June 24-28
Youth 2015 is a national gathering to equip United Methodist youth and youth leaders for service and provide them the opportunity to experience and express their faith in new and vibrant ways. This national gathering occurs every four years. This year’s theme is ‘Go On’ and is grounded in both scripture and several of John Wesley’s sermons.

Photos in order of appearance: Courtesy of MARCHA website; GlobalMedic; Sara Flores and Dakin Cook.
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