2016-2017 International Advance Specials

Our conference participates in God’s mission in many places around the world. We have long-term partnerships in Brazil, Mozambique and Cambodia through our Initiatives of Hope ministry as well as a history working with United Methodist partners in Africa, Cuba, the Philippines, Central and South America, the Caribbean and Russia.

We also continue to explore new ways and places of being in mission through our United Methodist connection as global needs emerge and Christ’s church developsand grows internationally.

The international Advance Specials listed below have been selected by the conference Missional Ministries Board for special attention this year. They represent mission and ministry settings across the globe and encompass various missional needs. Remember that by giving to them through the Advance you ensure that 100 percent of your gift goes to the mission or ministry that you designate.

A children's choir welcomes visitors to Fulawahun Village near Bo, Sierra
Leone. (Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS)

1. Global: Sustainable Agriculture Provides training in environmentally friendly and technologically appropriate practices in farming and off-farming activities to small-scale farmers to improve their livelihoods. (#982188)

2. Guatemala: Highland Support Project Works with marginalized indigenous women and communities in Guatemala in the building of stoves and planting trees. (#15022A)

3. Mexico: Give Ye Them To Eat Strengthens the capabilities of marginalized people and communities to meet their own basic needs and to assist them in determining and sustaining a just and integrated development process. (#07629A)

4. Macedonia: Macedonia In Mission Together Developing leaders and working with the poor, orphaned and disabled. (#00220A)

5. Brazil: Ministry with Children, Shade and Fresh Water Project Outreach to children who are hungry, uneducated and endangered by life on the streets. (#11580A)

6. Sierra Leone: Child Rescue Center Program Operation of a residential facility and community outreach program for orphaned children and those impacted by poverty. (#14377A)

A young boy runs up the road toward Haiti Artisans for Peace International
compound in Mizak, Haiti. UMNS Photo by Mike DuBose

7. Sudan: Sudan Development To assist the people of Sudan in meeting acute human needs due to drought, locust invasion, civil strife and floods. Funds will be used to provide food relief, medical assistance, clothing, blankets and shelter. (#184385)

8. Anti-Human Trafficking Working with those ensnared in trafficking of humans for commercial and sexual exploitation. (#333615)

9. Israel: Bethlehem Bible College Training Christian leaders to serve the community and stem the decline of churches in the Holy Land. (#12017A)

10. Cambodia: Street Children Improving quality of life through education, nutrition and fellowship support. (#14921A)

11. Vietnam Mission Initiative Supporting congregational development, pastors' salaries, orphanage ministry and building projects. (#14932A)

12. Mozambique: Chicuque Rural Hospital Serving as a model in the delivery of quality primary and preventative health care and staff training. (#09734A)

  Ganta Hospital

13. Mozambique: Cambine Agriculture Program Training farmers in sustainable agriculture and strengthening the local leadership and community. (#3020561)

14. Congo: North Katanga Wings of the Morning Meeting critical medical needs through air transportation for the needy in rural areas.(#08597A)

15. Chile: Methodist Construction Projects Constructing churches, parsonages and community centers. (#3020485)

16. Liberia: Ganta United Methodist Hospital Providing community and curative health services and training through hospital and village work.(#15080N)

17. Haiti: Haiti Emergency Projects Supporting emergency relief and development efforts. (#418325)

18. Cambodia: Mission Initiative Supporting new churches, pastors' salaries, leadership development and outreach ministries. (#00230A)

19. Sierra Leone Water and Development Ministry Providing clean water, medical care, education and spiritual inspiration for the community. (#181000)


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