As part of the Southern Asia Initiative, seven members of the Common Global Ministries Board traveled to Sri Lanka and India in September. There, they met and visited projects of various Global Ministries’ partners to celebrate relationships and to walk Together in Hope. The following reflections will take us through their pilgrimage around these colorful and vibrant countries.Read more
On Monday, February 18, 2019, the Family Village Farm celebrated its Golden Jubilee for completing 50 years of service tot he community. A Thanksgiving meeting was held on the same day at the campus to celebrate this great occasion.
The Family Village Farm Family, alumni from the home, representatives from Global Ministries, the founder's family, sponsors and donors from the United Kingdom, board members, government officers, former and current staff all gathered to thank God for 50 years of grace, guidance, and blessings.
The Jubilee was an opportunity to recall the marvelous ways the Family Village Farm has fulfilled its mission in building lives and transforming them to a better and brighter future. Attendees also reflected on the past achievements while making preparations for the future ahead.Read more
The Center for Social Equity and Inclusion (CSEI) exists to deepen democracy and to develop a robust, inclusive society in India by enhancing the involvement of communities that are excluded. CSEI formed in 2009, growing out of three decades of volunteers working on rights-based development with a focus on community organizing, networking, research, and forming campaigns. Today, working with young people from socially excluded communities has emerged as a priority for CSEI in their work toward a just and inclusive society in India.Read more
James (Jim) Helm passed away on October 29, 2018. For many years, Jim Helm worked with Global Ministries to support the work of Lady Doak College (LDC) in Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India. Jim and his wife, Anne Helm, first became familiar with the college while on sabbatical from Oberlin College in 1997. The couple returned many times to LDC and supported the work of the college in many ways.Read more
Pravaham, which was formed in 1993 as a community for peace and justice, held a Silver Jubilee celebration for their 25 years of ministry. Pictures and stories of the jubilee are shared in their most recent newsletter. Also included in the newsletter are updates on Pravaham's community college programs, medical and human rights outreach programs, their community Christmas celebration, and plans for the future.Read more
Finding Your Way: When Life Changes Your Plans
Rachel Beck (V. Lakshmi)Read more
The Diocese of Durgapur is really attentive to it’s surrounding community. They are paying attention to the needs and catering to them.
Durgapur is located in a rural industrial area. Many of the population work in the industries or in the fields. Where they are highly exposed to chemicals and heat. Many cannot afford proper treatment. That is when the eye center was created.Read more
From The Church of South India
Floods in the southern Indian state of Kerala have killed more than 350 people since June. The devastating floods in Kerala peaked last week. The monsoon rains have since begun to ease and rescue teams have been deployed, but thousands of people remain marooned. The following update comes from Global Ministries' partner, The Church of South India.
The floods have caused havoc across Kerala. Places such as Ranni, Maramon, Aranmula, Chengannur, Alwaye, Paravur, Alwaye are all inundated by the floods. The hill stations and the coastal areas are equally affected. Even though the rain is gradually easing, news of the dead recovered, stranded people beyond reach, and the unimaginable number of people who need shelter, medicinal care, and food make the situation even more dire. But there is a ray of hope in that people are setting aside their differences and supporting each other. The matured approach of the state government and the political leaders, the active involvement of the people, especially the fisherfolk from the coastal areas of Kerala, various organizations in the rescue operations, and the support of churches and other religious organizations for the relief work are helping millions of people in this time of grave disaster. The Indian Army along with the state machinery continues the dangerous rescue operations. It was heartening to hear that a pregnant woman, who was airlifted by the Indian Air Force from the sinking house, gave birth to a baby boy at the navy hospital.Read more