Friday, August 26, 2016

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Fresh floors

Wash me, and I shall be ... Thanks to Ken and Carol for all the hard work!

John Dean Town Clinic

A once-dilapidated clinic, with no water, electricity, or trained staff, has received a new lease on life, thanks to the Abundant Health initiative and the work of the Liberia Annual Conference health board. 

The John Dean Town Clinic is the only health facility serving the remote John Dean Town community in Grand Bassa County, Liberia. Until recently, most care, including that for pregnant women, newly delivered mothers, and babies, was provided by traditional birth attendants with limited skills. This often led to negative outcomes for mothers and babies. 

Now, with support from Abundant Health and the Liberia Conference health board, the John Dean Town Clinic has the capacity to provide community health education, delivery services, medicines, medical supplies, immunizations, family planning services, and treatment for common childhood illnesses. The clinic has hired a new nurse midwife, built a well with water piped to the clinic, and established a regular supply of medicines. The resident nurse/midwife also helps train Community Health Volunteers to serve the community and encourage mothers to have their babies at the health center. 

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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Open Table offsite (1 of 2)

On Sunday evening August 14, the Open Table gathering moved off-site to the Ice Lakes Pavilion. There was a great downpour, grilled hot dogs, laughter, music, Scripture and prayer.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

New Creation and the Marks of Christ: O Freedom! (6) (2016-0814)

Call to worship, Psalm 30
Children, 2 Kings 5.1-14 (Naaman)
Message, Galatians 6.7-18

This conclusion has the most damning assessment of the preachers of this no-gospel that Paul is refuting: They preach circumcision because it makes them more acceptable and removes the risk from following Jesus: Galatians 6:12  only that they may not be persecuted.
      Again, Paul points to the cross: Galatians 6:14  May I never boast of anything except the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.
      Again, Paul points to the Spirit – “sow to the Spirit”, “eternal life from the Spirit”.

Galatians 6:8-9  If you sow to your own flesh, you will reap corruption from the flesh; but if you sow to the Spirit, you will reap eternal life from the Spirit.  9 So let us not grow weary in doing what is right, for we will reap at harvest time, if we do not give up.
      Naaman could have quoted these verses
            Sow to his flesh – his pride
            Sow to the Spirit – humility

Galatians 6:15  For neither circumcision nor uncircumcision is anything; but a new creation is everything!
      Creation/new: It is God’s work, not our work
            Neither circumcision (purely outward, “spit and polish”)
                  (Mt 23.3, MSG)
            Nor compulsive obedience and discipline
2 Corinthians 5:17-18  So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new!  18 All this is from God
      “I don’t drink, smoke, or chew, and I don’t go with girls who do”

Sunday, August 21, 2016


Clowning around at Smith Health Care after the monthly service.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

New church in the Central African Republic

The story of the founding of Global Ministries newest mission initiative—the UMC in the CAR.
by Christie R. House
The beginnings of The United Methodist Church in the Central African Republic (CAR) can be traced back to 2001, when Lucien Dockpa, a native of the CAR, tuned into Radio Afrique Internationale, a French-language radio show produced by the General Board of Global Ministries in the United States. The program content was recorded in New York and broadcast out of Germany. The shows focused on God’s mission and the vision and objectives of The United Methodist Church across the world—and across Africa.
Robert Mpoyo, a former staff member of Global Ministries’ United Methodist Committee on Relief, occasionally worked with Radio Africa International, which was directed by Donna Nieman. “The radio show was widely followed by millions in Africa,” Mpoyo noted, “and because the signal was so strong, we received many responses from listeners as far away as South America, Mongolia, and Eastern Europe.” Within the context of the religious programming, social issues were also dealt with, such as sustainable agriculture and climate change. Raphael Mbadinga, one of the program’s hosts, interviewed many African leaders, technicians, and program managers in the studio on topics as varied as HIV/AIDS, malaria, and other health concerns, along with water resources, sanitation, and irrigation.
Lucien Dockpa says that what moved him most about these broadcasts was the way in which The United Methodist Church understood the great commission of Jesus Christ—“that Christians should go everywhere in the world to proclaim the good news,” he explained. “But further,” he added, “the way you live your life is a testimony that a Methodist gives to his or her neighbor as the proof of mutual love from and for God. From this point,” he concluded, “I decided that such a church, which has never existed in my country, should be created.”