|Young people grants support creative ministries |
Dec. 18, 2008 | NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS)
Young people of The United Methodist Church awarded more than
$200,000 in grants to their peers across the globe in 2008 to support
innovative approaches and paths to ministry.
The denomination's Division on Ministries with Young People oversees
grant programs through its Youth Service Fund to encourage the church's
youth to engage in service and support creative approaches to ministries
for, with and by young people.
United Methodist youth created the fund to support each other’s
involvement in service. Seventy percent of all funds raised by the youth
remains in their annual conferences, and 30 percent supports the
international Youth Service Fund grants. At both levels, youth determine
who receives the grants.
The total amount awarded by the International Youth Service Fund this year was $98,500 to 18 ministries.
For 2008, two programs received grants for the third year:
- The Deaf School-based Bible Teaching Program of the Immanuel
Deaf Youth in Nairobi, Kenya, received a $5,000 award. This program
brings the Gospel to the deaf through workshops, encourages youth
leadership and pilots the development of sign-language manuals;
- Impact Richmond of St. Marks United Methodist Church in
Virginia received $2,500 for a youth ministry to help homeowners make
repairs when they have a limited income due to age or disability.
The Division on Ministries with Young People provides additional
grants beyond the Youth Service Fund. These additional 13 grants ranged
in value of $2,500-$13,000 for a total of $100,000.
Four received grants for a second year:
- The Wesley Foundation at Kennesaw State University in Georgia
was awarded $13,000 for its Campus Focused Program of AGAPE Evangelism.
This program helps students discover and grow in their faith by
providing opportunities for worship, discipleship and missions.
- The National United Methodist Young Adult Fellowship in
Quezon City, Philippines, received $10,000 for its Caravan Mission for
Tribal Filipinos II. Young people will experience training and real
missions through a caravan team of volunteers from all over the island
- Bristol Outreach JC Evangelistic Ministries in Virginia
received $7,000 to prepare a new generation of leaders by offering
children, youth and adults of all socioeconomic and racial backgrounds
an opportunity for personal and spiritual growth.
- Striva's Community Youth Service at the United Methodist
Relief Center in South Carolina was awarded $10,000. The youth group
teams with the United Methodist Relief Center to rebuild and rehab a
community in desperate need.
The division is part of the United Methodist Board of Discipleship.
For more information about scholarships and grants, to request an
application or to make a donation to the Youth Service Fund, contact
Sarah Smith at (615) 340-7184 or email@example.com.
*This story is based on information provided by the United Methodist Board of Discipleship.
News media contact: Kathy L. Gilbert, Nashville, Tenn., (615) 742-5470 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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