Staff members are hired by Friends United Meeting to coordinate and carry out the work of Friends in Africa, Belize, and Ramallah. These individuals, whom we call field staff, are currently expected to raise their own ministry expenses, which include all of their office, travel/vehicle, living, communication, and deputation expenses, plus their salaries. Add fundraising to their daily duties of bringing your care and concern to expression in each of their locations; ministering to the needs of students, patients, community members, and Friends; coordinating work teams and visitation, and taking time to listen to God’s call on their lives and the communities they serve, and you’ve got a group of people who desperately rely on your support!
Joyce is serving in her eighth year as director of the Ramallah Friends Schools. She is looking forward to a busy year of strategic planning, the construction of an eco-garden room on the school’s campus, and hiring a development and communications officer. Thanks to Joyce’s leadership, the Upper School was named an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School in February, the only such school in Palestine and one of a handful in the Middle East.
Sam and Becky Barber
Sam and Becky are in their third year as principals of the Belize Friends School. They recently hosted a second round of Alternatives to Violence Project workshops. Please pray for the Barbers as they encourage students to do well on the entrance exams that will ensure their acceptance in local high schools.
Lon serves as academic consultant to Friends Theological College in Kaimosi, Kenya. He travels to Kenya from his home in Oregon three times a year to work alongside Africans in the area of leadership development. During his February 2012 visit he met with leaders from Rwanda Yearly Meeting to discuss theological opportunities for Rwandans.
Eden has served as field staff to East Africa since the opening of the FUM-Kisumu (Africa Ministries) office in 2005. She works closely with each of our project partners, serving on their boards and visiting them regularly. She is actively working with the Friends Church Peace Team to prevent violence surrounding the upcoming presidential elections in Kenya.
Ann is in her third year as principal of Friends Theological College. She has been diligently working on achieving full accreditation for FTC by the Accrediting Council for Theological Education in Africa (ACTEA). This year she is focusing on adding more and higher quality hands-on ministry training to give students the practical skills and faith experiences they need to prepare them for ministry.
*Each month through December 2012, we will focus on a different ministry of Friends United Meeting. This “Ministry of the Month” corresponds with the FUM wall calendar that is available for $7.50 from www.fum.org/shop.
Download the pdf for the April 2012 FOCUS