Friends United Meeting has many ministries that need your support — and a great way is through your prayers.
Our hope is through your regular prayer time, you will become more connected to the ministries of FUM and, more importantly, those for whom you pray might feel the power of your prayers. May God richly bless you during your prayer times as you intercede on the behalf of the ministry of Friends United Meeting.
1. General Board
Friends United Meeting is governed by representatives of its 30 member yearly meetings. The North American General Board meets three times a year to shape the programming of FUM. Likewise, the Africa General Board meets annually and, together, the entire board meets for business at the Triennial Meeting. Pray for the General Board members as they work to fulfill FUM’s mission in the world.
2. Business Office
Our business office keeps track of individual donors, yearly meetings, foundations and trusts. No matter from what source, it is Barbara Smith and Kim Schull who work diligently to keep the finances in order. Please keep them in prayer.
Annie Glen, editor, and Shari Veach, communications designer, produce many forms of communication including Quaker Life magazine, Friends United Press books and curriculum, brochures and newsletters. Pray Annie and Shari are able to communicate, in word and image, the message of FUM to the world. Pray for clearness in how to best meet the needs of Quaker readers and fulfill the mission of FUM, which is to inform, energize and equip Friends. Pray for a renewed interest among Friends to support our own Quaker publications.
4. Global Ministries
Colin Saxton and Terri Johns have teamed up to carry forward the Global Ministries department. Pray for wisdom to make decisions benefiting the ministries of FUM and for continued sensitivity toward the needs of field staff.
5. General Secretary
Colin brings wonderful gifts of service and leadership to FUM through his work with staff members, the General Board, FUM members and associated organizations. Please pray he continues to have the energy to meet the demands of acting as an ambassador for FUM and can continue to nourish relationships among Friends.
6. Summer Mission Project and Chain of Prayer
Pray for these ministries uniting Friends around the world of all ages with a common purpose: fundraising for a summer mission project and praying for one another and the ministries of FUM.
7. Website — www.fum.org
Pray for Micah Bales, our web specialist, as he develops FUM’s website (www.fum.org) and the Friends United Press Shopping Center (www.fum.org/shop). Pray he continually creates effective tools to engage members, seekers, readers and donors around the world in the ministries of FUM. Quaker Life, Friends United Meeting and Friends United Press are also on Facebook! Please join our pages. Pray those who seek will find. Pray through this online presence Friends will be equipped and good information will be received and shared.
8. Weekly Devotional and Prayer Email
FUM has a subscriber list of nearly 400 people who receive this online devotional and regularly pray for those listed in the prayer letter. This is a vital ministry of FUM operating solely on volunteer time. Please consider adding your email address to the list (found at the bottom of the FUM website home page) and pray weekly for the needs of FUM and its constituency.
9. Welcome Center at FUM
Once home to Quaker Hill Bookstore, the first floor of the FUM Richmond office is now available to rent for meetings, events or worship. Visitors can stop by between 9am–4pm Monday–Friday to make use of the wall-to-wall resources — books, pamphlets, photos and global crafts — or for quiet study. A computer station and wireless Internet are available. We give God praise Friends have put this space to such good use.
10. Africa Ministries Office (AMO)
Our representatives in East Africa: John Muhanji, Zadock Malesi and Judy Ngoya take seriously the huge responsibility they have in this ministry. John is a key leader within the staff, coordinating outreach and making connections among Friends throughout East Africa; Zadock is now the education secretary resourcing all the Quaker schools in the region and the proper implementation of the peace curriculum. Judy uses her gifts in the areas of leadership development and organizational support to equip and empower others. Pray for wisdom, strength and sensitivity as they work with and among Friends in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania.
11. Eden Grace
Eden serves as field staff in Kenya; her family (husband, James and sons, Isaiah and Jesse) live there with her. Eden is heavily involved in the work at Kaimosi and Lugulu hospitals as well as working alongside the AMO office to bring unity to the African yearly meetings. Pray for strength and sensitivity as she works among Kenyan Friends.
12. AMO Volunteers
Many individuals give of their time for several weeks each year to assist the African Yearly Meetings. One of them, Lisa Stewart, from Southeastern Yearly Meeting, has volunteered her services for a few months each year in the Africa Ministries Office. She has been a great help during the times Eden is in the U.S. on deputation. Her love of the people and deep commitment to learn from and share with Kenyan Quakers has earned her a special place in their hearts. Please pray they will continue to be a blessing to all whom they meet.
13. Friends Theological College
The college is on its way to full accreditation with new buildings, better qualified staff and quality administration. Pray for the continued good work of the college as it strives to prepare excellent pastors in East Africa.
14. Ann Riggs
Ann Riggs is the principal at Friends Theological College (FTC). Pray she is able to serve and gain wisdom from the faith and life of our African Friends as she seeks to build relationships among Friends internationally.
15. Lon Fendall
Lon Fendall is an academic consultant to Friends Theological College. He does much of his consulting work from his home in Oregon, but travels to Kenya up to four times a year to meet with students, faculty and staff at FTC. Pray FTC is able to make the best use of Lon’s time and talents.
16. Friends Kaimosi Mission Hospital
Kaimosi Hospital has grown in its number of patients to the point a second doctor has been hired. There is a plan to begin working on much needed repairs to the hospital compound this year. Pray for funding, wisdom in decisions and a continued interest in this project.
17. Friends Church Peace Teams
Friends Church Peace Teams grew as a response to the post-election violence in Kenya in 2008. Its main mission is to provide humanitarian aid and trauma counseling for victims as well as the training of peacemaking and reconciliation in the region. Please pray for Getry Agizah, the project coordinator, as she and the peace teams provide peace-building skills in school children, youth and religious leaders prior to the election which should happen in 2013.
18. Friends Lugulu Hospital
Lugulu is a well-loved hospital in its area. This hospital is undergoing change this year with new administration. Please pray the new leadership and administrators will provide an environment of stability and they will develop a renewed sense of ownership and direction.
19. Samburu Friends Mission
Samburu’s Shepherd’s School is a unique program in Kenya. This night school allows children to receive an education in the evening after caring for the family’s livestock during the day. An adult education program has also been recently added. Pray for continued guidance and direction of the board as they administer these new programs.
20. Turkana Friends Mission
John Moru and his wife, Grace, are the directors of the mission and are exploring their call to extend the work into Southern Sudan. Please pray for the pastoral leadership as well as for the people in this desert.
21. Friends Boys School
Friends Boys School has reached out to many young men and helped them find their way in a country where it is so difficult to receive a good education. The school’s success rate is high and many young men have gone on to complete high school and some even to complete college. Pray the school may remain a solid choice for students to succeed.
22. Sam and Becky Barber
Sam and Becky Barber are co-directors of the Belize Friends Boys School. They have many hopes and dreams for the school and the community, and have begun a weekly worship group. Pray for guidance and direction as they seek God’s will in their service at the Friends Boys School. Pray also for their four children who live in Belize with them.
23. Good Shepherd Seminary
There is a hunger among the young ministers of Cuba to learn about Quaker faith and values. There is also a lack of educators who can provide these teachings. Pray someone might come forth who can offer this to the students at Good Shepherd Seminary.
24. Building Projects
Cuban meetinghouses and pastoral houses are in continual need of repair. There is also a need for a three-story yearly meeting building that will offer housing for retired Cuban pastors. The government controls the building permits and progress is often slower than they would like. Pray that the government might see clear to give the required permits in a more timely fashion so that proper housing might be obtained for pastors who need to retire.
25. Jamaica Yearly Meeting
North Carolina Yearly Meeting has stepped into the position of offering leadership training at the request of Jamaica Yearly Meeting. Please pray for our Jamaican Friends as they take the training, apply it and find growth in Spirit and in numbers.
26. Upper School
The upper school (Friends Boys School) is the high school section of the Ramallah Friends Schools, offering quality education to the Muslim and Christian students of Ramallah and el Bireh. Many students go on to universities such as Stanford, Yale and Harvard. Pray for continued insistence on quality education and for the students as they learn the ways of peace in their war torn country.
27. Lower School
Younger students attend the lower school (Friends Girls School). This school is doing an excellent job of raising young students to be prepared for a rigorous high school education. Most of their instruction is in Arabic. However, they are taught English as well because the high school instruction is in English. Pray for the teachers as they mold these young students.
28. Joyce Ajlouny
Joyce has an incredibly large responsibility as director of RFS, and has proven to be quite effective at her job. She not only oversees the two schools, but also actively participates in fundraising for the schools and has taken it upon herself to hold the workers accountable for quality work with the ASHA grants. Pray for strength and wisdom as she carries out her many responsibilities as director.
29. Amari Play Center
Muna Khleifi is director of the Amari Play Center, effective leader and has her hands full with the many preschoolers she encounters each day. Pray for Muna’s strength and discernment as she cares for these youngsters in this difficult country.
FUM: A Great People to Be Gathered
30. FUM Constituents
FUM exists because of you. We are here to do the work that one individual; one monthly meeting or even one yearly meeting cannot do on its own. Pray individuals across the constituency might unite with the mission of FUM to energize and equip others around the world. We are a great people to be gathered — in Christ, in community, for mission!
Friends United Meeting
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