2014 Annual Conference Offerings


By Fred Koenig

The Gondola Training Center
GTC in Mozambique is a new educational center designed to train United Methodist lay leaders and pastors in theology, church leadership, development, microfinance, and sustainability. 

The GTC is strategically placed north of the Save River in Mozambique, which is an area that has experienced a distinct absence of educational opportunities and extreme poverty. After many years of investing in this center and sending numerous volunteers in mission teams who have helped with the construction of the GTC, we are very excited that the GTC has officially opened its doors! 

This offering is dedicated to the continued support of the GTC and its students for the transformation of people and their communities toward the image of Christ. Visit www.mzinitiative.com for more information.

Heifer International
This year, Heifer International is celebrating its 70th year of working to end hunger and poverty. 

Heifer empowers families to turn hunger and poverty into hope and prosperity—but their approach is more than just giving them a handout. Heifer links communities and helps brings sustainable agriculture and commerce to areas with a long history of poverty. 

Their animals provide partners with both food and reliable income, as agricultural products such as milk, eggs and honey can be traded or sold at market. Visit www.heifer.org for more information.

Haiti Clean Water Project 
Access to clean water continues to be a struggle for millions of people throughout the world, but through our continued commitment with the Haiti Clean Water Project we are making a difference. The pendulum is swinging the other direction. Instead of a child dying every 15 seconds, we now see the death rate at every 21 seconds. 

This small swing means more than 600,000 children have a second chance at life each year. Through your generosity, we have provided nearly 3,000 bio-sand and Sawyer water filters to 6 communities in Haiti. Visit www.ifyouknewthegift.com for more information.