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News Around East Africa – July/August 2013

By Eden Grace Bio-sand water filters In March 2013, High Point Friends of North Carolina Yearly Meeting sponsored Del and Suzanne Livingston to teach a workshop on bio-sand water filters at Uganda Yearly Meeting’s new headquarters. From as far away as eastern Congo, 34 attended the workshop. During the training, they noticed a young boy who hung around and watched…….

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Ramallah Friends School: The Wonders of Participatory Planning

By Joyce Ajlouny It is true: our campuses are beautiful. They have been referred to as “an oasis of peace” and “a haven.” Though we see their beauty, we wonder, nonetheless, whether we are taking full advantage of these upgraded facilities, green spaces and ecological environments to maximize and invigorate the learning of our students. Are our teachers ready to…

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Friends Theological College Update – July/August 2013

By Ann Riggs We rejoice at the success of the first session of our revised, school-based (modular) Diploma in Theology curriculum. Students began the new curriculum in April at Kaimosi, but will continue their studies at home until the next session in August. The revised curriculum has a stronger emphasis on pastoral application of the skills and knowledge learned in…

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FUM Field Staff Updates – May/June 2013

Friends Theological College Update By Ann Riggs For quite a long time students have been able to study for pastoral ministry through their yearly meetings while living at home, but these programs have not awarded accreditation documents. Members of the Friends Theological College (FTC) Board of Governors have for some time been concerned that these local programs have been drawing…

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Friends United Meeting Announces New Global Ministries Director

Dear Friends United Meeting community: As many of you know, we have been holding a search process for a new Richmond-based, Global Ministries Director for the past few months. A search team was assembled including Friends from Kenya, Iowa, New England and Indiana who helped me in the work of screening candidates and participating in the interviews of our finalists….

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Field Staff Reports: Eden Grace – March, 2013

I have had the honor of being involved in many projects that are in the realm of institutional development with our various partners such as Lugulu Hospital, Samburu Friends Mission and Turkana Friends Mission, yet much of my time and energy has been spent in the development of Kaimosi Hospital. It has been helpful for me to think of Friends…

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Field Staff Reports: Joyce Ajlouny – March, 2013

I was blessed to visit the Midwest in February, a visit that allowed me to personally give my report to the General Board and meet with FUM staff. It was a blessing to meet with Colin Saxton and to inform him that our family needs to be in the United States on a long term basis. This means a lot…

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Field Staff Reports: Ann Riggs – March, 2013

For quite a long time students have been able to study for pastoral ministry through their yearly meetings while living at home, but these programs have not awarded accreditation documents. Members of the Friends Theological College Board of Governors have for some time been concerned that these local programs have been drawing students away from FTC, and weakening the college’s…

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Joyce Ajlouny Update – March/April

Celebrations and performances were the main focus for the entire Lower School in the month of December. All the hard work that went into preparation for the performances was evident in the wonderful choral program. Tala, the FGS librarian, recorded all performances and placed them on You Tube. Parents were delighted to be able to watch and share these videos….

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Eden Grace Ministry Update – March/April

Colin Saxton, FUM’s general secretary, visited Kenya in late November and was able to celebrate Thanksgiving Day with my family and me. During that visit, he asked me to take on a special short-term assignment helping Friends Theological College reorganize its accounting system. With the dawn of the need to raise funds for scholarships and operating costs, the college has…

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