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arrow icon. Finding the Road 
The road out of poverty is not always obvious or well-marked. As our cover story points out, sometimes the road out isn't even a road, it's a runway. The story of missionary pilots, Gaston Ntambo, Jacques Umembudi, and Rukang Chicomb of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, illustrates the church's will to empower individuals and communities to grow in their knowledge and skill as well as in their faith
Source: New World Outlook
More about: Christian love | Communities | GBGM programs | Hunger | Jesus Christ | Missionaries | Poverty | Partners/partnerships | Focus on Ministry with the Poor | Africa | Congo DR | Kenya |
Date posted: Jul 01, 2009
arrow icon. Stepping into the World at Easter 
Rev. Edward W. Paup, Global Ministries general secretary.

In preparing for Easter this year, I recalled my first journey to the Land of the Bible as a young pastor. Especially vivid is my experience at the Garden Tomb outside the Old City.
Source: GBGM Administration
More about: Christian love | Easter | Global connections | Jesus Christ | Mission opportunities | United Methodist Church | Statements | Israel | Middle East | Palestine |
Date posted: Apr 08, 2009

arrow icon. God's Temples: Third Sunday in Lent, Sunday, March 15, 2009
When Jesus went to Jerusalem to observe Passover, he found the temple being used as a place for monetary gain. Animals were being sold for sacrifice, and moneychangers were sitting at tables. Jesus drove out the animals and turned over the moneychangers' tables.
Source: Mission Personnel
More about: Bible | Easter | Jesus Christ | Lent | Prayers | Africa | Liberia |
Date posted: Mar 15, 2009
arrow icon. The Wounded Healer: Good Friday: April 10, 2009
The Lenten season's remembrance of the crucifixion and resurrection are the essence of the Christian faith. For me, this time also represents the culmination of a life fulfilled in mission, reaching out to all humanity with a love beyond ourselves, and working for justice. The ministry of Jesus Christ was and is an incarnational ministry--a mission where content meets context. We have a God who became human and experienced the good and bad of humanity; the joys and temptations of the world; compassion; agony; and death.
Source: Mission Personnel
More about: Christian love | Easter | Jesus Christ | Lent | Missionaries | Poverty | North Eastern U.S. | United States |
Date posted: Mar 10, 2009
arrow icon. He Never Gives Up: Passion/Palm Sunday, April 5, 2009
Jerri Savuto dancing with AIDS orphans' grandmothers during a children's day celebration. A few weeks ago during lunchtime, my husband and I heard what sounded like a marching band. We literally jumped to our feet and ran to the compound fence, and there indeed was a band of twelve men and one woman playing trumpets, saxophones, tubas, and drums as they walked down the dusty dirt road. Behind them were two groups of traditionally dressed dancers moving to the beat of the music. In seven years of serving at Maua Methodist Hospital in Maua, Kenya, we had never seen or heard a band.
Source: Mission Personnel
More about: AIDS/HIV | Christian love | Easter | GBGM programs | Jesus Christ | Lent | Music | Africa | Kenya |
Date posted: Mar 10, 2009
arrow icon. Taking Up the Cross:  Holy Thursday: April 9, 2009
Peter, like so many of us, was trying to remain cautiously faithful. He wanted to protect Christ, he did not want him to be humiliated and killed. Often we want to stop moving forward and come up with a safe plan, risk the least, and be happy with the results.
Source: GBGM Mission News
More about: Bible | Christian love | Easter | Jesus Christ | Lent | United Methodist Church | World |
Date posted: Mar 10, 2009
arrow icon. Love, Sacrifice, and Forgiveness: Easter, April 12, 2009
Away from my home country, I keep tuned to Pakistan news, since my parents, siblings and their children, many relatives, and friends live there. From childhood I observed the tensions between India and Pakistan, which were once a united nation where overall people lived peacefully and respectfully.
Source: Mission Personnel
More about: Bible | Christian love | Easter | International affairs | Jesus Christ | Lent | Pakistan | World |
Date posted: Mar 10, 2009
arrow icon. 'We Know that God Still Goes that Road with Us' Second Sunday of Lent, March 8, 2009
Miguel Arenas-Herrera has been a Global Ministries missionary serving in Uruguay for the past seven years. He was a teacher of English as a Second Language, chaplain of the Crandon School in Salto, local pastor of San Lucas Methodist Church, and coordinator of the Renacer Methodist Camp Center project in Paysandú. He is an associate pastor of the Central Methodist Church in Montevideo. He has been working in music and liturgy for several years, as well as on Christian education issues. The encounter with Christ radically changes someone's life. Nevertheless, there are certain conditions to following Jesus. Peter didn't understand Jesus' plan when He spoke to him about suffering on the cross. Peter had accepted Jesus as the Messiah, but he didn't accept him as a suffering Messiah. As a result of that, Jesus described his path to the cross and the meaning of it for the life of his disciples.
Source: Mission Personnel
More about: Bible | Christian love | Easter | Jesus Christ | Lent | Prayers | South America | Uruguay |
Date posted: Mar 08, 2009
arrow icon. God-Given Identity First Sunday of Lent, March 1, 2009
Rev. Cathy Whitlatch is presently serving as the Missionary Interpreter in Residence for the Western Jurisdiction. Previously she has served as a missionary in Argentina, a missionary with the National Plan for Hispanic/Latino Ministries, and as a pastor in the Iowa Annual Conference. In Mark's account of Jesus' baptism, Jesus "saw the heavens torn apart and the Spirit descending like a dove on him. And a voice came from heaven, 'You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.'" God poured God's self through the torn heavens--identifying Jesus as God's own.
Source: Mission Personnel
More about: Bible | Christian love | Easter | Jesus Christ | Lent | Missionaries | Prayers | Argentina | United States | Western U.S. | World |
Date posted: Mar 01, 2009
arrow icon. The Presence of Grace and Peace Christmas Eve, December 24, 2008
A man sat on a log at the edge of the washed-out hillside. A few hours earlier, heavy rains on the deforested hilltop had become a tidal wave of mud washing everything in its path into the river below. Hundreds of houses were lost. No one knew how many people had escaped and how many were buried in the mud.
Source: Mission Personnel
More about: Advent | Bible | Christian love | Christmas | Jesus Christ | Central America | Honduras | Latin America |
Date posted: Dec 17, 2008
arrow icon. Road Construction Ahead: Advent Reflections from Zambia Second Sunday of Advent, December 7, 2008
In Zambia, as in much of Africa, we are constantly dealing with simply getting from point A to point B. In Zambia, as in much of Africa, we are constantly dealing with simply getting from point A to point B. More than once, I have had our project's Toyota Land Cruiser break through a bridge deck and nearly roll over into a river. Our project workers and I have spent hours unloading cargo and hand carrying them up hills too slippery and rough to ascend with a loaded vehicle. Of course, most Africans don't even have motor vehicles and consider themselves lucky to have a bicycle.
Source: Mission Personnel
More about: Advent | Agriculture | Bible | Christian love | Christmas | GBGM programs | Jesus Christ | Missionaries | United Methodist Church | Africa | World | Zambia |
Date posted: Nov 29, 2008
arrow icon. Remember Where Our Hope Truly Lies: Advent Reflection on Mark 13 First Sunday of Advent, November 30, 2008
As I am writing this, I am watching a news broadcast about the failing economy. Worries about banks failing, war, and environmental collapse seem to bubble up in many of my conversations. With such chaos around me, I have found it difficult to know how to hope, and in what to place my hope. Yet in Advent we are once again to hope and wait for the coming Messiah.
Source: Mission Personnel
More about: Advent | Bible | Christmas | Jesus Christ | United Methodist Church | Africa | World | Zambia |
Date posted: Nov 28, 2008
arrow icon. Theology of Mission Through United Methodist Lenses 
The elements of Communion at the Church of St. Paul and St. Andrew, United Methodist, in New York City. To see both near and far requires a combination of lenses--ranging from microscope to stellar observatory--with magnifying glasses, eyeglasses, binoculars, and telescopes in between. Each one offers a different perspective on reality; no one lens can do the whole job.
Source: New World Outlook
More about: Bible | Christian love | GBGM programs | Jesus Christ | John Wesley | United Methodist Church | Methodism | World |
Date posted: Nov 01, 2008
arrow icon. A Vocational Theology of Missionary Engagement With the World 
The pine forest of Kingswood Methodist Camp in Hancock, New York. The United Methodist Church is caught in a massive identity crisis. If I may be permitted a characterization that borders on caricature, it has swung from being the confident leader of mainline American Protestantism to becoming a battleground ravaged by national and international culture wars.
Source: New World Outlook
More about: Bible | Communities | GBGM programs | Jesus Christ | John Wesley | Missionaries | United Methodist Church | Methodism | World |
Date posted: Nov 01, 2008
arrow icon. Mission Partnership Serves Youth with Multiple Challenges in Uruguay 
New York, NY, August 22, 2008--Some 120 Uruguayan teenagers with multiple physical, mental, or social challenges will be able to continue to develop their potentials through a mission partnership involving the Methodist Church of Uruguay, the British Methodist Church, and the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR).
Source: GBGM Press Releases
More about: Children | Christian love | Communities | Disabilities | Ecumenical | Education | GBGM programs | International affairs | Jesus Christ | UMCOR | United Methodist Church | Partners/partnerships | Methodism | North Eastern U.S. | South America | United States | Uruguay |
Date posted: Aug 20, 2008
arrow icon. Episcopal Report and Address 2008 
Annual Conferences of The United Methodist Church in Eurasia

'Narrow roads in the countryside often have two clear tracks, one for each set of wheels on the car or cart. I also see two parallel tracks for the church to follow on its way forward.' Last time I gave a report to the annual conferences was in 2005, my first year as bishop in Eurasia. In 2006, I spoke to the conferences through a series of Bible studies about the Kingdom of God. Last year I led you in three teaching sessions about Sharing. This year it is time again for a report, where I will look back to the development, comment on our present situation, and say some words about the direction for the future.
Source: GBGM Administration
More about: Bible | Christian love | Education | International affairs | Jesus Christ | John Wesley | United Methodist Church | Partners/partnerships | Methodism | Russia |
Date posted: Jul 09, 2008
arrow icon. Easter Greetings 2008 
Noli Me Tangere; Fresco at Convent of San Marco, Florence, by Fra Angelico - 1425-30 "Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples: 'I have seen the Lord'." (John 20:18)
Source: GBGM Administration
More about: Easter | GBGM news | Jesus Christ | United Methodist Church | World |
Date posted: Mar 20, 2008
arrow icon. Re-clothed at Easter: Recollection and Promise  
Easter when I was a child growing up in a series of North Alabama parsonages was a thoroughly religious celebration centered in the church. One of few concessions to cultural practice was permission to dye, hide, and hunt eggs. My sister and I could display the eggs in small baskets held over from year to year but were expected to eat them, or return them for kitchen use, before they spoiled. We were never heard anything at home about the Easter Bunny and we received no stuffed Easter animals, colored chicks, or chocolate rabbits.
Source: GBGM Administration
More about: Easter | Family | Jesus Christ | World |
Date posted: Mar 19, 2008
arrow icon. 'God Can' 
As we move in this third week of Lent we discover a theme around thirst. The Israelites wonder as they wandered in the wilderness in desperation for fear they wouldn’t have nourishment and would die of thirst. The woman at the well, a Samaritan woman at that, is in conversation with Jesus who is physically thirsty and he offers streams of water that will lead to eternal life so they will never be thirsty again. In Romans, we are reminded that we have the love of God which has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit.
Source: Mission Personnel
More about: Communities | Jesus Christ | Lent | World |
Date posted: Feb 21, 2008
arrow icon. Christ on Earth 
Lent 2008

In the context of Lent, we are called to look at where Christ is, was, and will be in our world. In Psalm 121 and Genesis 12 we are called to remember the very physical nature of our Judaic- Christian experience with God. Lift thine eyes to the hills, not past reality into a different realm. The Lord is right here, in the mountains of our lives. The Lord is aware of our struggles as we climb through life and will not let us stumble or lose our way.
Source: Mission Personnel
More about: Jesus Christ | Lent | World |
Date posted: Feb 12, 2008
arrow icon. 'I Am Not Alone' 
Lent 2008

As a deaconess candidate, I consider myself to be a lifelong learner in theology and the ways of The United Methodist Church. In fact, I just recently completed the Old Testament and New Testament courses this winter and walked away from that experience understanding why people refer to the Bible as "the living word."
Source: Mission Personnel
More about: Christian love | Jesus Christ | Lent | United Methodist Church | South Eastern U.S. | United States |
Date posted: Feb 10, 2008
arrow icon. Hallelujah Moment from China 
My Privilege to Serve the Lord

Henan Bible School Students. One day a man came into Zhang Limei’s village in rural Henan Province, China. The man handed out Bibles, told the village how the books would protect them from harm, and left a day later.  “We had heard how praying to Jesus can protect you and so, not knowing any better, we carried the Bible around with us at all times, hoping to ward off bad things,” Ms. Zhang shared.
Source: Mission Education
More about: Bible | Children | Christian love | Education | GBGM programs | Jesus Christ | Missionaries | Prayers | United Methodist Church | Asia and the Pacific Islands | China |
Date posted: Feb 08, 2008
arrow icon. The Mission of the Shepherds—and Our Mission 
Christmas 2007

The shepherds in the field near Bethlehem play a short but pivotal role in the Gospel story. The Nativity account in Luke devotes but 253 words to the unnamed night watchers and their reaction to the announcement of Jesus’ birth.
Source: GBGM Press Releases
More about: Bible | Christian love | Christmas | Jesus Christ | Prayers | World |
Date posted: Dec 20, 2007
arrow icon. Waiting ... For What?  
Advent 2007 Meditation

Mothers of the Disappeared - Demonstration in Buenos Aries carrying a
banners with photos of persons disappeared during the Dictatorship - 1972 - 1984 As Pastor to the Family Members of the Disappeared in Northern Argentina, I frequently waited with people – at the excavation sites of mass graves, at court, for politicians – listening to the memories of what had been done, waiting for justice, waiting for the truth to be brought to light.
Source: Mission Personnel
More about: Advent | Christmas | Communities | Jesus Christ | Argentina | South America |
Date posted: Dec 14, 2007
arrow icon. A New Advance for a New Century 
A child who attends the Shade and Fresh Water Program that serves children between the ages of 6 and 14 with Christian education and recreation. Advance #11580A. We are preparing for an anniversary in the mission outreach of our denomination and in so doing, we are invited to remember and anticipate, to celebrate and reinvent. The year 2008 will mark the 60th anniversary of The Advance for Christ and His Church.
Source: New World Outlook
More about: Christian love | GBGM news | GBGM programs | Jesus Christ | United Methodist Church | Advance | World |
Date posted: Nov 05, 2007
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