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FUM News in Brief

Janet Smith from Holly Springs, North Carolina, traveled with 12 others from across North Carolina Yearly Meet­ing in July to work in 12 different Jamaican meetings for Bible School! She worked with Friendstown Meeting, St. Mary District Jamaica, West Indies. Janet had the op­portunity to stay an extra day to discuss the possibility of planting the seeds for a new…

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Hominy Friends Hold Vacation Bible School

Hominy Friends Meeting held Vacation Bible School June 11-13, from 2-6 pm at the meetinghouse in Hominy, Oklahoma. The sessions were attended by around 10 children. Michael Jay, Ministry Intern from Earlham School of Religion, Rich­mond, Indiana, and Beth Green-Nagle organized a program combining the study of several biblical stories including: King David’s boyhood as a shepherd, the New Testament…

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Tired of the Same Old Thing? Why Not FUM Bible School?

By Betty Heshelman – Mooresville Friends Church, Mooresville, Indiana For many years Mooresville Friends Church of Western Yearly Meeting has used the “canned” or “boxed” Vacation Bible School (VBS) curriculum. Generally speaking, these kits are fine. This year, however, we wanted to use our own creativity. We wanted our Vacation Bible School to reflect the ministries and missions we support….

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Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP)

Turbo Division in the Rift Valley in Western Kenya was very hard hit by the post-election violence of 2007-08. As the Friends Church Peace Team (FCPT) started doing reconciliation work, we thought it would be hard to see any impact if we tried to work everywhere. So, with boldness, we focused on Turbo division. Pessimists say Kenyan youth cannot bring…

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Transformative Mediation

The Transformative Mediation programme is being introduced to enhance effective mediation wi thin communi t ies, reaching out to church and community leaders as possible. Introducing the Transformative Mediation programme in Kenya is timely given that there are many underlying conflicts in the communities, and yet no meaningful success is being realized through other kinds of interventions. To start off,…

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FUM Africa Ministries

By John Muhanji – FUM Africa Ministries Representative, Kisumu, Kenya The month of July was one of the most fulfilling times in my ministry. We visited the highest part of Mt. Elgon, called Kaboywa, where there is a Quaker church and a school, built in 1952 by Quaker missionaries. The children, who were in class, saw the vehicle we were…

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FUM Field Staff Updates

Sam and Becky Barber, Eden Grace and Ann Riggs were in North America this summer. We hope you had the time to visit with them and enjoy stories of their exciting ministires. Please continue to pray for all our field staff as they engage in equipping and energizing Friends all over the world. News from Sam and Becky Barber (Belize…

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Spreading the Word

By Micah Bales – Interim Communications and Web Specialist See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland. — Isaiah 43:19 This July, I began work as Interim Communications and Web Specialist for Friends United Meeting. It is a privilege…

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Out of My Mind

By Colin Saxton – General Secretary Several years ago, I was part of a seminar led by a well-known theologian considering the im­pact of postmodern thought on Christian faith and life. At some point, in the midst of all the heady debate and discussion, the subject of prayer arose. I don’t recall the comment that set him off, but before…

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