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May 2012 FUM Ministry of the Month — Africa Ministries Office

In 2004, Eden Grace, her husband, James,  and their two boys, Isaiah and Jesse, arrived in  Kenya to join with John Muhanji, a Kenyan  Friend, in establishing the Africa Ministries  Office of Friends United Meeting. Later Judith  Ngoya was hired to make up this staff of three. Since the opening of the office in 2005, there  has been a great…

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April FUM Ministry of the Month – Field Staff

Staff members are hired by Friends United Meeting to coordinate and carry out the work of Friends in Africa, Belize, and Ramallah. These individuals, whom we call field staff, are currently expected to raise their own ministry expenses, which include all of their office, travel/vehicle, living, communication, and deputation expenses, plus their salaries. Add fundraising to their daily duties of bringing…

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F.A.Q. about Amari Play Center

How long has the Amari Play Center been in operation? The Play Center was started in 1976 in the Amari Refugee Camp by the Friends World Committee for Consultation (FWCC) and the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) to provide a safe and nurturing learning environment for preschool children. How many students attend the Play Center? The Play Center can accommodate 42 five year olds, and…

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February FUM Ministry of the Month — Friends Theological College

Friends Theological College in Kaimosi, Kenya, is increasing their practical ministry skills in mission and evangelism. Instead of just teaching the theories behind mission and  Evangelism, FTC wants its students to experience and apply the skills they are learning in order to be even more prepared for their work upon graduation. Nick Obaga, a Bachelor of Theology student at FTC from Bware Yearly Meeting, desires to have a career…

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FUM Welcomes New General Secretary Colin Saxton

Colin Saxton assumed his new role as FUM general secretary on January 1. He comes to FUM from Northwest Yearly Meeting in Oregon where he has served as pastor, adjunct professor at George Fox University, and superintendent of the yearly meeting. Colin describes his transition from pastoral ministry to being a superintendent as “a hard one,” but found it to be life-giving to discover “how systems and structures can…

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December FUM Ministry of the Month – Kaimosi Hospital

When Friends United Meeting agreed to take over the management responsibility of Kaimosi Hospital in 2006, we knew it was a step in faith. Even though the hospital had been held in high esteem in its earlier history, the prior two decades had been rough and the hospital was on the verge of closing. East Africa Yearly Meeting turned to FUM for help. After all, the hospital…

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The November FUM Ministry of the Month – Samburu

The November FUM Ministry of the Month* is Samburu. Please support the Samburu Friends Mission with your daily prayers for: 1) Isaiah Bikokwa, Pastor-in-Charge, who coordinates the work of the Samburu Friends Mission. 2) East Africa Yearly Meeting-North as they have accepted the oversight of the Samburu Friends Mission. 3) Safety in travel and work for the nurses, teachers, and pastors serving in this area where bandits and tribal…

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A Great People to Be Gathered

The theme for the new Triennium of Friends United Meeting is: “A Great People to Be Gathered.” In 1652, the founder of Quakerism, George Fox, “came near a very great hill, called Pendle Hill, and I was moved of the Lord to go up to the top of it; which I did with difficulty, it was so very steep and high. When…

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Highlights from the 2011 FUM Triennial

• 400 Friends from nine nations and 24 American states attended • USFWI/Quaker Men’s banquet with Field Staff Becky Barber and Belize Friends School teacher Miss Candi Young • Release of the 50th anniversary issue of Quaker Life magazine • Keynote Address by outgoing General Secretary Sylvia Graves and reception honoring her nearly six years on staff with FUM • Celebration of…

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