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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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Eden Grace

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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Sam and Becky Barber

Sam and Becky Barber Update – March/April

Much time has been spent in meetings with the Belize Ministry of Education to prepare a “free lunch” program to begin at the end of January. We are delighted that the government has decided to move forward with this plan, as students who are hungry have a hard time concentrating on academics and tend to present behavior problems. Although snacks…

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Ann Riggs Update – March/April

Before I left Kenya for Christmas in the US, the new chair of the Friends Theological College Board’s Development and Fundraising Committee, along with a student, a faculty member and a driver, visited our sugarcane plantation. They took a picture of the cane, a picture that appears on the back of the FTC Christmas card. When they returned, they shook…

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Sam and Becky Barber

Field Staff Reports: Sam & Becky Barber – March 2013

The Ministry of Education once again changed the starting date of the nutritional program that would provide a healthy meal daily to each student. It is now scheduled to begin in early March and also will include health checks and iron and folic acid supplements for every student. With the snack program from the generous donations of USFW and the…

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Ann Riggs

Field Staff Reports: Ann Riggs – February, 2013

As we approach the general Kenyan elections on 4 March 2013, the eight presidential candidates have presented goals for their hoped-for presidencies. Economic matters are high on their lists. One candidate has pledged to create a million new jobs a year. In a country with only 40 million people, a million new jobs each year would make a huge difference…

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