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Global Ideas for Vacation Bible School

Ideas for special giving projects for Vacation Bible School, Summer Camp Programs, and Other Fun Activities for Children and Youth

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Alternative Gifts

Your gift makes a difference today in lives around the world! 
agcatalogcover.PNGWe are gift-giving people. We celebrate important dates, accomplishments and events through the giving of gifts. The sections below invite you to make alternative gifts in recognition of these celebrations.  Many give alternative gifts at Christmas time, to recognize a birthday or anniversary, or to memorialize a life well-lived. 

You are invited to give Alternative Gifts all year long, knowing that at the same time you are participating in the witness to God's global mission as carried out by partner churches and programs throughout the world. 

To participate in this sharing of God's abundant life you can give online or by sending a check along with the Order Form.

Global Ministries
Office of Resource Development
PO Box 1986
Indianapolis, IN 46206

Please indicate the name and address of your honoree(s) and the designation you have chosen. We can either send you a special Global Ministries Christmas card for each person that you give an alternative gift to, or we can send the Christmas card directly to the person(s) with a photo. If you give your gift online, you also have the option of sending an e-card to your honoree(s). You will receive a receipt for your gift along with a letter of appreciation for your support.

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Global Ministries projects addressing Human Trafficking

IMG_3009.JPGHuman trafficking, or trafficking in persons, is one of the world's largest organized criminal enterprises, somewhere between drugs and guns. Millions are held against their will for slave labor and sex work, including tens of thousands in the US. Half of them are children. Human trafficking is growing because slave labor is profitable and because poverty makes so many vulnerable to exploitation. Global Ministries works with global church and program partners that address human trafficking in their communities. 

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World Water Day - March 22

March 22 is World Water Day

Over 1 billion people in the world lack sustainable access to fresh water. Global Ministries is raising awareness about the critical needs for fresh and accessible water around the world through the Water for All! campaign.  Water is a vital ingredient for life. It is a gift from God for all creation and should be viewed as such a gift, not a commodity for profitable gain. As responsible stewards of God's gifts, we need to help protect the gift of water by going beyond verbal expressions of concern -- we must act. We invite you to learn why water is a critical issue for study and action.

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World Refugee Day - June 20

When was it that we saw you a stranger and welcomed you?" – Matthew 25:38

World Refugee Day - June 20, is a day to lift up refugees displaced by war, civil unrest and persecution, all of which tear away at the fabric of human community.

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International Day of Peace - September 21

The World Council of Churches calls on international churches to pray for peace on September 21 each year. The Day of Prayer for Peace was initiated in 2004 as part of the WCC's Decade to Overcome Violence, which culminated in 2011 with the International Ecumenical Peace Convocation, held in Kingston, Jamaica.

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World Communion Sunday - October 1

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World Communion Sunday offers congregations a distinctive opportunity to experience Holy Communion in the context of the global community of faith. The first Sunday of October has become a time when Christians in every culture break bread and pour the cup to remember and affirm Christ as the Head of the Church. On that day, they remember that they are part of the whole body of believers. Whether shared in a grand cathedral, a mud hut, outside on a hilltop, in a meetinghouse, or in a storefront, Christians celebrate the communion liturgy in as many ways as there are congregations. World Communion Sunday can be both a profound worship experience and a time for learning more about our wider community of faith.


 

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HIV/AIDS and World AIDS Day - December 1

December 1 is World AIDS Day

*New* Getting to the Root of HIV: How people of faith can work to combat the HIV epidemic
*New* WCC/EAA World AIDS Day 2016 Prayer Service
*Take Action* Sign the Pledge to commit to halting the spread of HIV

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Advent and Christmas - December 3-25

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2016 CTE Newsletter

ctenews.jpgIn recent years, the Theological Community of Chile (CTE) has been expanding. In the last Assembly, the CTE received three new churches as fraternal members – bringing the number up to eight. They also increased their denominational affiliations and now have 64 different denominations participating in their work. In 2016, the number of students enrolled in the theological school exceeded 200. The Theological Community of Chile believes this is a direct response to some of the strategies the CTE has implemented.

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