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Janine Saxton and Judith Ngoya

What’s wrong with “short term missions”?

by Eden Grace You’ve probably seen the blogs, articles and Facebook posts. If you’re like me, you’ve succumbed to the click-bait. They have titles like “10 Things Not to Do on a Short-Term Mission Trip”, “24 Things World Christians Wish North American Short-Term Missionaries Would Quit Doing” and “7 Worst International Aid Ideas”. It seems that there’s a problem, and…

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Stoking the Fire (Friends United Meeting)

Stoking the Fire letter of invitation

A Message from Eden Grace, Global Ministries Director: Dear Friends, Greetings to you in the name of Jesus, the One who causes us burn brightly. I am excited to announce a new FUM North American Ministries program entitled “Stoking the Fire” for those who are: Spiritually on fire. Smoldering embers ready to burst into flame. Discerning risky new steps of…

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Tongues of Flame

Manifesting the Gifts of the Holy Spirit  by Eden Grace Scriptures: When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue…

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Stoking the Fire (Friends United Meeting)

Stoking the Fire – A Gathering in the Power of Christ

Experiencing the Presence and Power of Christ Together. Releasing that Power in Radical Faithfulness.   Reflections on Stoking the Fire 2015   An Invitation from Eden Grace, Global Ministries Director Agenda for Gathering What Can I Expect, If I Come? The link to the pdf of all 10 devotions is here: Stoking the Fire devotional booklet Individual devotions can be found…

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Amazing Grace – November/December 2014

By Eden Grace, Global Ministries Director One of my favorite scriptural images for the incarnate God is that of a mother hen. “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem . . . How often I have longed to gather your children as a bird gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were unwilling.” (Matthew 23:37 and Luke 13:34) God longs to gather us…

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Amazing Grace – May/June 2014

By Eden Grace, Global Ministries Director In 2005, I happened to meet a fellow-traveler at the Mennonite Guest House in Nairobi, and that meeting changed my life. The Mennonite Guest House is that kind of place: you meet a stranger, God causes a shift in your heart and you never turn back. The woman I met, Leigh, was on her…

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Amazing Grace – March/April 2014

By Eden Grace – Global Ministries Director My friend Bill Kreidler used to say that being a member of a local meeting is “lab practice” for the Kingdom of God. We practice our eternal salvation in our meetings. We are given a blessed opportunity to sit in worship with the very people whom we find most irritating. We are given…

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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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Grace Always – November/December 2013

By Eden Grace, Global Ministries Director In Africa, women are the bearers of burdens. Of course, this could be understood metaphorically, that women bear the greatest burden of poverty and lack of access to health care and education. That’s certainly very true. But also, in Africa, women carry things. Most often, they carry things on their heads. Big things. Bulky…

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FUM News in Brief – September/October 2013

UPDATE: Double Your Gift, Double the Impact Spring 2013 Matching Gift Opportunity FUM is thrilled to announce that through the faithful, generous response to the matching gift opportunity, the goal of $45,000 was exceeded. A total of $52,597.26 was received, allowing FUM to start the new fiscal year prepared to equip and energize the worldwide community it serves. Your continual…

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