March 24, 2017

Sunday Morning Worship 
The Chicuque Rural Hospital (CRH) is a United Methodist supported hospital with more than 150 beds in Mozambique. CRH provides healthcare services to more than 500,000 people in the Inhambane province. The 2017 Mozambique Initiative Annual Conference offering will go toward two important items that hopes to improve the health of the women, children, and men in the Inhambane province. 

Our offering will go toward expanding the blood bank at the hospital and provide context-specific best practice continuing education opportunities for health professionals on-site. It’s common for the CRH to have less than 10 units of blood available in their blood bank at any given time. 

By providing increased opportunities and incentives for Mozambicans to donate blood by providing with a meal, we expect this benefit to be two-fold: to provide sustenance for local Mozambicans and to bring up this dangerously low level of blood available. 

Secondly, our hope is that by providing funds for context-specific educational seminars for health professionals (nurses, social workers, technicians, etc.), that we will empower these professionals to provide better patient care and save lives. Mozambique’s health care needs are vast, and with prayer and walking alongside the CRH – we can make a difference.

Friday’s Celebration of Ministry Service
‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ Several Missouri local churches offer ministry to refugees, migrants and immigrants. Gifts shared in this offering will be distributed through the Mission, Service & Justice team for the work of ministering to this vulnerable population.
 
Saturday’s Service of Ordination 
Learn, Serve, Repeat—this has been the Missouri Methodist mantra in Haiti. Six years later, our work continues to grow! In 2016, more families received access to clean water, children were afforded educational opportunities, and help was offered after the devastation of Hurricane Matthew. 2017 promises to be an even busier year. Strategic partnerships with the Methodist Church of Haiti help focus our expanding efforts. But the need remains great. Gifts received today will continue the important work of securing clean water for families in Haiti as well as support expanding efforts in education, healthcare, microfinance, agriculture and more. Learn, Serve, Repeat—may God continue to use us in ministry with the people of Haiti.