March 26, 2015
By Fred Koenig
The Mozambique Initiative
The Mozambique Initiative is a holistic ministry based on partnership with the Church in Mozambique. We focus on enabling the sustainability of United Methodist communities in Mozambique, so that they might be the catalyst for growth and development in their region. This past year, with the help of teams of volunteers, we developed resources to tell our story in new ways through congregations here in Missouri. These new ways of telling the story of this ministry include video material, curriculum guides, and recorded original Mozambican music, all of which will be available at Annual Conference for telling the story in your own congregation. When you give to the MI in this year's offering, you become part of the story and help us write a new chapter of ministry both here in Missouri and in Mozambique. www.mzinitiative.com
Haiti Clean Water Project
For the last four years, congregations and individuals have continued to support communities in Haiti with access to clean water through distribution of bio-sand and Sawyer water filters. In 2014, we sent fourteen teams to Haiti as part of this ongoing project. These teams were able to provide nearly 1,600 filters or 8,400 individuals with a way of eating, drinking, and cleaning without fear of becoming ill from the water they were using. With your support, we can continue this amazing ministry opportunity distributing filters for clean water and developing the many relationships as teams continue to serve.
The Church in Ferguson
How can we help? Many times this question has been asked around the country regarding the situation in Ferguson. Rev. Willis Johnson and Wellspring UMC have been pillars in the Ferguson community providing a home for peace, respite, and leadership while tension and emotions ran high. It is through the work of Rev. Johnson and the congregation at Wellspring that the United Methodist Church has had an ongoing presence in this community. We want to make sure they can continue to share hope and peace in these challenging times. wellspringchurch-stl.org