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October 31, 2015 · Issue 19

This issue of Connect N’ Mission highlights business opportunities provided to women in Senegal, thanks to UMC #GivingTuesday donations made last year; an opportunity to apply to become a Global Mission Fellow; and upcoming events.

Fatima Sy, a member of API’s Ndiareme Limamoulaye micro-credit group, displays her wares at an event in Dakar. She makes her living by transforming millet into couscous and selling it in small packages.
In Senegal, providing micro-entrepreneurship opportunities for women who struggle to provide for their families is the goal of the Anti-Poverty Initiative (API), Advance #3021544.

When API received UMC #GivingTuesday donations plus matching funds in 2014, 65 women in Guediawaye, Dakar, received credit support for income-generating activities that economically empowered them and directly impacted their families. Here’s what some of the women had to say:

“With API’s loan, I expanded my business to include palm oil and fish sales. I am now able to pay my child’s school expenses.”—Monique

“My husband abandoned me and my eight children. Life was very difficult. Things changed when I enrolled in API’s program. My business is doing well and I am better able to meet the needs of my household.”— Coumba

“I was a stay-at-home wife, doing nothing to support the household for lack of business capital. Later, I discovered API and enrolled in their program. I now run a small business and support my husband in meeting the needs of our family.” — Emma

UMC #GivingTuesday provided API an important platform to raise funds and overcome previous challenges to raise capital for women in need. API participated in both the 2013 and 2014 #GivingTuesday events, which resulted in women becoming their own bosses for the very first time.

Global Mission Fellows Grace Killian and Joy Eva Bohol during the commissioning in Harare, Zimbabwe.
This year Global Ministries commissioned 37 new young adults for international mission service and 15 for service within the United States.

In this new video, which highlights the young adult commissioning in Harare, Zimbabwe, hear what Global Mission Fellows have to say about mission service and why they are embracing new experiences and cultures to see God at work in other people’s lives.

Global Mission Fellows is a two-year mission opportunity for young adults ages 20–30. Young adults are invited to engage with the local communities, connect the church in mission, and grow in personal and social holiness. This program allows for transformation and leadership development to take place while addressing the root causes of social injustice with other young people from around the world

Applications are now being accepted for the class of 2016–2018. Apply by December 31, 2015, and learn more about this program.


January 28–30, 2016

Beyond these Walls 2016
Powder Springs, Georgia

Beyond These Walls 2016, of which Global Ministries is a sponsor, will mobilize, revitalize and equip congregations by sharing the best practices of mission-focused churches so participants can fulfill their divine calling of making disciples of all the nations.

A featured workshop presented by Global Ministries executives George Howard, deputy general secretary for Mission and Evangelism and Patrick Friday, director of In Mission Together, will challenge and equip participants with best practices in missional engagement straight from disciple-making movements around the world.

Learn how your church, district, or conference can be transformed through long-term, asset-based community engagement based on the Wesleyan class meeting model.

Early bird registration is until Dec. 31.

Photos in order of appearance: API; Pastor Taurai Emmanuel Maforo