Each month through December 2012, we will focus on a different ministry of Friends United Meeting. This “Ministry of the Month” corresponds with the FUM wall calendar that is available for $7.50 from the Friends United Press Shopping Center.
FUM Field Staff
Field staff are hired by Friends United Meeting to coordinate and carry out the work of Friends in Africa, Belize and Ramallah. 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. Donations for these expenses can be sent to the FUM office with the name of the field staff member you wish to support in the memo section of your check. Secure online donations can also be made at www.fum.org. One hundred percent of your donation will go to that person’s account. While your donations are essential to keeping these staff members in the field, your prayers are equally essential. Thank you for remembering Joyce, Sam, Becky, Lon, Eden and Ann in your prayers this month.
Joyce is serving in her eighth year as director of the Ramallah Friends Schools. She is looking forward to a busy year of strategic planning, continuing in the process of implementing the International Baccalaureate program into the middle school, increasing the number of classes in order to decrease the number of students per class, the construction of an eco-garden room on the school’s campus and hiring a development and communications officer.
Sam and Becky Barber
Sam and Becky are in their third year as principals of the Belize Friends School. They are currently planning a second round of Alternatives to Violence Project workshops, as well as coordinating work teams and other visitors to Belize City.
Lon serves as academic consultant to Friends Theological College in Kaimosi, Kenya. He travels to Kenya from his home in Oregon three times a year. During his February 2012 visit his activities included participating in a faculty development workshop with the FTC faculty and meeting with leaders from Rwanda Yearly Meeting to discuss theological opportunities for Rwandans.
Eden has served as field staff to East Africa since the opening of the FUM-Kisumu (Africa Ministries) office in 2005. She hosts dozens of visitors each year and is currently working on pre- and post-conference tours for individuals attending the FWCC-hosted World Conference in April. She works closely with each of our project partners, serving on their boards and visiting them regularly. She is actively working with the Friends Church Peace Team to prevent violence surrounding the upcoming presidential elections in Kenya.
Ann is in her third year as principal of Friends Theological College in Kaimosi, Kenya. She has been diligently working on achieving full accreditation for FTC by the Accrediting Council for Theological Education in Africa (ACTEA). In that process she has led the FTC faculty in engaging and self-investigating questions about whether FTC is achieving God’s purpose for the college in Africa. This year she will be focusing on adding more and higher quality hands-on ministry training and experience to give students the practical skills and faith experiences they need to prepare them for ministry.
More information will be available on each month’s ministry focus at www.fum.org, on Facebook and in your monthly donor receipts.