Your Global Ministries Update: September 4, 2008

Please download the MONTHLY MISSION STORY for your church bulletin or newsletter:
            September 2008: pdf or text only or espanol

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Last Chance for MissionWorks/MMI October 2-5, 2008: Register here

Disciples MMIs to Represent GM at Pastor's Conference in Chicago September 8-10
Eleven Ministries and Mission Interpreters (MMIs) will represent Global Ministries during the upcoming Pastor's Retreat organized by Sharon Watkins. During the event, they will staff a hospitality suite which will be coordinated by Eugene Games, CGMB co-chair. They will be available to greet pastors and talk about how to involve congregations in global mission with the help of Global Ministries. The suite will be open from 3:30 to 5 pm and from 9 to 10 pm on Monday and Tuesday. If you attending the Conference, please stop by and chat with Don Gillette, Tim Bobbit, Bob Harris, Marvin Eckfeldt, David Merrick, Becky Brown, Ed Kolbe, Jack Barnes, Frank Everett, Mary-Maxine Palmer and/or Eugene James. A big thanks to this group for being willing to Share the Story of God's mission in the world!

Elena Huegel, GM Missionary in Chile, Shares About Being Family
"Mary Peace Ramos stayed home with her mother who was ill and did not go to church that day.  Her mother was resting in the bedroom when Mary Peace noticed the orange and red light flickering in the skylight near sunset.  At the same time she peered through the window to discover the next door neighbor's house completely engulfed in flames, the people across the street began screaming a warning from the front gate of their small wood-frame and brick house…." To read the rest of the story, click here:

GM Partners with AL NW FL Region to Do a Be a Global Mission Church Retreat
On September 12-13, 2008 delegates from congregations in the Alabama Northwest Florida Region will come together at the Hargis YMCA Camp in Chelsea, AL for a week-end retreat. GM Co-executive, David Vargas, will kick-off the event on Friday evening with a keynote address. Two sessions on Saturday, lead by Bob Shebeck, will explore what it means to Be a Global Mission Congregation and help participants create a plan to tell the story of God's global mission in their own local church. Sandra Gourdet, GM Africa area executive, will preach during the closing worship and share about our African partners throughout the event.

Michael Joseph, GM Missionary in Colombia, Shares an Update
Just over a year ago, on July 9, 2007, I wrote about the tragic murder of pastors Joel Cruz and José Humberto Mendez. See:  In the days following the murders, six families (all related to pastor Cruz) fled to the city of Ibagué. I recently visited Ibagué and had the chance to meet with some of them, including Yuby Oyola, Joel's widow and their young daughter Lilly. To continue reading the story, click here:

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Find a Missionary Visit in your State:
Penn Central: August 24 to October 10, 2008, Steve and Lisa Smith (EKU in Germany) Contact:
CT: September 1, 2008 to April 30, 2009, Tim Rose (Reformed Church of France) Contact: Cecile Gilson
PA: October 6-12 and October 18 – November 5, 2008, Judy Chan (Hong Kong Christian Council) Contact: Christine Johns
FL: January 17 – February 28, 2009, Scott Couper and Susan Valiquette Couper (South Africa) Contact: Candy Younglove
NC: May 1 – June 30, 2009, Tim Rose (Reformed Church of France) Contact: Janelle Bunn
OH: May 1 – June 30, 2009, Scott Couper and Susan Valiquette Couper (South Africa) Contact: Bob Molsberry
MO: June 1 – July 15, 2009, Anil Henry (India) Contact: Danny Stewart

Connect with Global Ministries Staff at Disciples and UCC Events:
Kentucky Regional Assembly, Owensboro, KY: September 4 – 6, 2008 – Sarah Riester
Northeast Regional Assembly, Poestenkill, NY: September 13, 2008 – LaMarco Cable
Disciples Western Cluster Congregational Transformation Event, Fullerton, CA: September 20, 2008 - LaMarco Cable
Florida Regional Assembly, Orlando, FL: September 18-21, 2008 – Julia Brown Karimu
South Carolina Regional Convention, Aiken, SC: October 3-5, 2008 – Julia Brown Karimu
Indiana Regional Assembly, West Lafayette, IN: October 10-11, 2008 – Bob Shebeck
Mid-America Regional Assembly, Springfield, MO: October 10-12, 2008 – David Owen and Xiaoling Zhu
Upper Midwest Regional Assembly, Des Moines, IA: October 11, 2008 – LaMarco Cable
Pacific Southwest Regional Assembly, San Bernardino, CA: October 16-18, 2008 – Maria Cruzado mcruzado@dom.disciples.og
Ohio Regional Assembly, Columbus, OH: October 17-18, 2008 – Julia Brown Karimu
Nebraska Regional Assembly, Lincoln, NE: October 17-18, 2008 – Jane Sullivan-Davis
Southwest Regional Assembly, Fort Worth, TX: October 17-19, 2008 – David Owen
Kansas Regional Assembly, Manhattan, KS: October 17-18, 2008 – Bob Shebeck
Capital Area Regional Assembly, Frederick, MD: October 17-18, 2008 – Sarah Riester
Tennessee Regional Assembly, Fall Creek Falls, TN: October 24-26, 2008 – Maria Cruzado
Arizona Regional Assembly, Tucson, AZ: October 24-25, 2008 – Bob Shebeck, Dave Coatsworth
Greater Kansas City Regional Assembly: October 15-16, 2008 – Nancy Pickell
Massachusetts Conference Annual Meeting, Worcester, MA: November 1, 2008 – Susan Sanders, Peter Makari
Illinois-Wisconsin MMI training and Regional Assembly, Springfield, IL: November 14-16, 2008 – Jane Sullivan-Davis , Jane Aerie
Georgia Regional Assembly, :November 14-16, 2008 – Bob Shebeck