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Turkana Friends Mission Update: August 2014

Turkana Friends Mission (TFM) was founded in the northwest corner of Kenya in order to create Christian communities for outreach, discipleship, education, peace, integrity and sustainability. Our mission’s goal is to reach, equip and energize these communities spiritually, mentally and physically. Three new churches have been established in the last few months, in the villages of Lolim, Naringelup and Kaituko….

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21 Day #wafulachallenge FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

You have questions? We have answers! 1. What do you mean by “fully-funded”? Does that mean you already have everything in hand and I should direct the rest of my pledge elsewhere? We’re asking people to make three-year pledges, and we’re counting the full value of those pledges as support raised. That means that when Robert leaves for Kenya, we…

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Reflection of Peace

By Mary Lord, Peace Panel Moderator We look to this statement given to Charles II, as the statement of our peace testimony in the 1660s: “We utterly deny all outward wars and strife, and fightings with outward weapons, for any end, or under any pretense whatsoever; this is our testimony to the whole world . . . The Spirit of…

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Energizing, Equipping and Connecting for the Work of God

By Colin Saxton Good evening, Friends! It is a joy to be with you, and I am so grateful for the privilege to serve as general secretary of Friends United Meeting. I have appreciated Jim Smith’s devotional messages over the past two days and resonated with his distinction between the Living Water that is our source of life and the…

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Toward a Quaker Renaissance

By Richard J. Foster I am moved by your theme for this Triennial, “A Great People to be Gathered: in Christ, in Community, for Mission.” This theme, of course, draws from that wonderful experience when George Fox climbed Pendle Hill, with “much ado” as he put it, and there on the top of Pendle Hill looking out across the British…

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Hidden in Christ

By James Bryan Smith Good morning, Friends! Last night, if you were not there I talked about my personal passion, which is transformation into Christlikeness. I spoke a little bit last night about transformation is often thought of as something we have to do by the power of our will to change and be better people. That actually fails and…

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First-Time Attender, Long-Time Listener

By Steve Olshewsky As we know far too well, there is much more work to be done than we will ever complete. We pray for help with all that could be done, not just locally, but around the world in which we live. The FUM Triennial was a great way to catch up with so many of God’s harvesters —…

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Quaker Life – September/October 2014

2014 Triennial Gathering of Friends United Meeting (FUM) Influence comes from not trying to do things on my own; it doesn’t come from my ego or determined sense of independence. It comes from trusting that my life, hidden in Christ, will influence. If I am one in Christ, the kingdom in which I reside becomes influential. The most significant part…

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Formed into the Image of Christ

By James Bryan Smith It is an honor to be with you tonight. I am a United Methodist. You might think I am an interloper here. When my friend and colleague, Erwin Stanley, sent me an email and invited me to this event, my heart was strangely warm. My life at Friends University introduced me, certainly, to the writings of…

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Quaker Life – July/August 2014

A People to be Scattered: Risk Taking I find it interesting to compare how people of faith are much like my family when it comes to taking risks. Some confess that they will be able to face the risk and move on, only to fall smack on their faces. They react to everything that comes their way and boldly make…

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