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Queries for Missional Communities

The Local Meeting/Church as a Missional Community: Some Queries to Consider and Act Upon By Colin Saxton Who are we called to be? • What is the mission (purpose or reason for existing) as a faith community? • What values (common commitments by which we will live, work, play together) will shape and guide our life together? • What is…

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Out of My Mind – March/April 2014

By Colin Saxton – General Secretary “Organized religion” continues to take a beating in the polls — at least in the kind of popular surveys taken in the United States. Americans like to constantly monitor their temperature on nearly every matter. Once again, the polls reveal that people are spiritual… just not religious. I am not debating the veracity of…

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Spreading the Word – March/April 2014

By Micah Bales, Communications & Web Specialist One of the key teachings of the Quaker movement is that every Christian is called to ministry. It’s not just pastors, yearly meeting officials or employees of non-profits. Each and every one of us is called to a form of ministry, according to the gifts that God has given us. Whether we are…

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Zadock Malesi

Kenya Education: FUM General Board Report 2014

Introduction For the past one year, I have been working on my mandate in such a way that the effect is felt in the most core areas of our schools. To some extent, I can, with some justifiable pride, say that I and other stakeholders are succeeding. To further take this forward, I propose the following: 1. School improvement. The…

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Grace Always – January/February 2014

By Eden Grace – Global Ministries Director “Mission is finding out where the Spirit is at work, and joining in.” This statement (which has been variously attributed to a range of missiologists — so it must be true!) echoes what I have always felt to be at the very heart of our Quaker mission work. God is already working in…

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Spreading the Word – January/February 2014

By Micah Bales – Web & Communications Specialist The friends of Jesus must have been in shock: He died in misery and shame, yet Jesus was back again — alive and present in an entirely new way. Not only had he returned, but he was actively guiding them. Jesus had come back to be their teacher, friend and leader. One…

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Meanderings and Musings – January/February 2014

By Annie Glen – Communications Editor A long time ago I was friends with a young lady named Heather. There was something about her that made me want to spend time with her. Whenever we were together, Heather seemed to be more genuinely caring about my welfare than had anyone else. She was quiet, calm and peaceful – qualities that…

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Out of My Mind – January/February 2014

By Colin Saxton – General Secretary “Follow me.” A few years ago, I saw several Easter-season advertisements inviting newcomers to attend special church services celebrating the resurrection. “Come enjoy our Easter program and a non-threatening presentation of the gospel!” Non-threatening!?! What is non-threatening about a man hanging on a cross who says, “Come, follow me!?!” Throughout the gospels, Jesus utters…

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The Importance of Discipleship in the Quaker Church Today

By John Muhanji The Quaker church in Africa was established through the discipleship of missionaries, and therefore the nature of the church in Kenya has always been missional. This means that we (the church) are to be disciple-makers. When I was growing up, I admired and respected many church ministers and other leaders for their lives of integrity and respect….

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My Trip to the US

By Judy Ngoya – Program Manager, Africa Ministries Office My trip to United States of America was one of the most exciting trips I have ever had in life. I felt like I was the most favored woman in the whole world! The day of the flight out of Africa I met eight people who were going to the USFWI/QMI…

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