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Doing This Great Work Together

Friends United Meeting - Fri, 10/06/2017 - 12:56pm

Dear Friends,

Your partnership in the work and witness of Friends United Meeting is making an important difference in the lives of many Quakers around the world and in the communities they serve.

• In Belize: an expanded school, array of new ministries and a church planting effort is making inroads into a needy community. Our recently acquired Belize City Friends Center gives us a stable base to work from and a great site for Friends to visit!

• In Ramallah: our new Field Staff, Adrian Moody, is just settling into his role alongside the dedicated staff and board of Ramallah Friends School. With a new strategic plan in place and with plans to add a Quaker Life Coordinator in the coming year, we look forward to a more clearly focused ministry within the school and in the surrounding community.

• In East Africa: peacemakers are at work in response to election turmoil in Kenya; church planters and evangelists are doing effective outreach in new places and among different countries; Friends Theological College is thriving—training record numbers of pastors and other leaders for a growing church; thousands of eager children are receiving education in Quaker schools; women and men are being inspired, empowered, and equipped for service and leadership; and the FUM African Ministries staff is tirelessly supporting and sustaining the heart of the Quaker movement in this 21st century.

• In North America and throughout the Caribbean: programs aimed at strengthening local Churches and Meetings are rebuilding vital fellowships. Especially in places where Yearly Meetings struggle to provide adequate support, FUM is collaborating through leadership training, stewardship education, Friendly resources and programming, and staff visitation.

• In print and digital communication: FUM keeps you updated on news, activities, and resources that energize, equip, and connect you for a growing life with God and others in this beloved fellowship. Connections, Quaker Life, the weekly e-newsletter, Facebook, Instagram, and our website (undergoing expansion and re-design as I write) put you in touch with all that is happening today. Our soon-to-be released FUM Bookstore Catalogue gives you access to past and present writings aimed at helping you be faithful for the future.

There is so much more FUM is doing and seeks to do. None of it, however, is possible without you. Today—I ask you to make a gift to FUM so that we can continue to do this great work together—tomorrow and for many years to come. Your gift to the General Fund provides the support needed to make all of our global work possible. Please, make a generous gift today

With great gratitude,

Colin Saxton
FUM General Secretary

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Discipleship Classes at Katapokori Friends Church

Friends United Meeting - Fri, 10/06/2017 - 10:54am

Since 1970, Friends have been building community with the pastoralist Turkana people in northwestern Kenya. Nineteen Quaker churches meet for worship in the Turkana region under the care of the Turkana Friends Mission. The Director of the Mission is John Moru, the first Turkanan to hold this position.

At one of the Turkanan Friends churches, in Katapokori, members have been studying discipleship. The members of Katapokori Friends Church, located one full day’s walk from the nearest town, are all new Christians. Before Turkana Friends Mission began working in this area about ten years ago, the community had never heard the gospel.

Today, these Friends are equipped to share the good news with others in this sparsely-populated region of northern Kenya!

John Moru reports that 39 members of the church, both men and women, most of them under 30 years old, have completed a discipleship program and will be graduating on October 8, 2017. The curriculum consisted of teachings in Christian doctrine and spirituality; Quaker faith, practice and history; and methods of evangelism. As Quakerism spreads rapidly in Turkana, these young and energized members are ready to share with their neighbors and gather people into fellowships where Jesus Christ is known, loved, and obeyed, as Teacher and Lord.

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