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The Peter D. Weaver Congo Partnership, now 20 years old, welcomed the Eastern PA Conference on a live video tour of its Mpasa Medical and Nutrition Center on Thursday morning, Feb. 10. With developmental aid from EPAUMC, the center serves residents in sprawling Mpasa, outside of Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo.
The Rev. Jonathan and Donna Baker, both retired missionaries who staffed the partnership from 2015 to 2018, used Zoom video-conferencing on their smartphones to show staff, clients and activities at the clinic. The 30-minute virtual visit introduced us to lifesaving, life-changing mission work—in medicine, education and entrepreneurship—aided by EPA prayers and donations... Learn More
View the Congo Partnership tour’s recorded video on YouTube at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jy1tIj4EdlY
Deaconess Barbara Drake, EPAUMC’s Secretary of Global Ministries, reports that conference churches and members, among its four districts, gave a grand total of $902,398.82 in 2018, 2019 and 2020. That report comes from the UMC’s General Board of Global Ministries, broken down by district.
Gifts went to a long list of ministries and causes, including: UMCOR’s disaster response efforts; the Tanzania (West Africa) UMC’s hospitality facilities; the Red Bird Mission Clinic Community Health, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Program; Africa University scholarships; the Andean Rural Healthcare Program in Bolivia; Church World Service’s Refugee Response; Haiti Children Project; Bishop John K. Yambasu Agriculture Initiative; UMCOR’s Sager Brown Supply Depot; and many more projects.
Mission funds were also provided to support missionaries familiar to many in our conference, including couples Mark and Deirdre Zimmerman and Mutwale Ntambo Wa Mushidi and Kabaka Ndala Alphonsine; plus Brenda Nguwa and Rebecca Parsons. Learn More
The United Methodist Committee on Relief is responding to suffering and loss in an earthquake-ravaged section of Haiti, providing funds to Methodists and other partners there to help Haitians who have lost their homes... Learn More
Meanwhile, UMCOR and its sponsoring UM Global Ministries agency are working with longtime global partners to address the deadly political chaos in Afghanistan... Learn More
The Global Ministries Team was just formed to combine the work of three conference committees: the Health and Healing Council, the Mission Committee, and the Church and Society Work Team. Why? Because there is a natural connection between health, missions, and social action... Read More