Bishops award 14 grants to ministries for children
1/9/2003 News media contact: Linda Green ∑ (615) 742-5470 ∑ Nashville, Tenn
Tenn. (UMNS) - A United Methodist bishops' task forced has awarded
grants totaling $70,000 for programs to aid impoverished children
outside the United States.
The task force made the 14 one-time
international grants to assist local churches and annual conferences
throughout the denomination's central conferences, or regions. Other
grants may be made if funds become available. The recipients were chosen
from among 43 applicants.
The denomination's Council of Bishops
is raising funds for the program through its Initiative on Children and
Poverty, Advance Special No. 982200-8. The initiative is aimed at
focusing the United Methodist Church life and ministry on "the least of
these," said Bishop Donald A. Ott, coordinator.
Most of the
grants will support training efforts for ministry with children. The
bishops are also funding projects aimed at helping street children and
orphans, as well as programs that empower poor children through
financial, educational and medical assistance.
In early 2002, the
task force made 31 one-time grants to assist local churches in helping
children who are poor throughout the United States. Unlike their U.S.
counterparts, the central conference churches are churches of the poor,
and their ministries are focused on the poor, Ott noted.
active and six retired bishops, including Ott, serve on the task force,
which meets four times a year. Three of the bishops are from annual
conference outside the United States. Staff executives from several
churchwide agencies as well as consultants have helped the task force.
Each grant is $5,000 unless otherwise noted. Recipients are listed by central conference regions.
¬∑ Binmaley United Methodist Church of Pangasinan for a program of child care and responsible parenthood.
¬∑ Baguio Area for the region to provide training for children's ministries.
Church of the Everlasting Father United Methodist Church for a project
empowering poor children through financial, educational and medical
¬∑ Grace United Methodist Church for a project that feeds street children and helps them grow spiritually.
The Board of Women's Work, which received $10,000 for a national
consultation, to develop a comprehensive training program for children's
ministries in the United Methodist Church in the Philippines.
¬∑ Children of Africa Hope Center at the Naivasha Parish for a ministry with street children.
Three self-help ministries in Burundi, which are splitting $10,000:
Buganda Parish United Methodist Church for a millet-grinding project;
Murehe Parish United Methodist Church for a millet-grinding project; and
Gitega Parish for a poultry-raising project for orphan children.
¬∑ Senegal Annual Conference for a project in Thies to provide computer training to young people.
¬∑ Community Ministry of the Liberia Annual Conference for a comprehensive conference ministry to children.
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Kinshasa United Methodist Church of the West Congo Conference for a
project that recovers and trains orphan girls who have been raped by
¬∑ Utehe United Methodist Church of the Central Congo Annual Conference for a project to rebuild a school in a war-torn area.
Latvijas Apvienota Methodistu Baznica (Latvian United Methodist Church)
of the Estonia Annual Conference for a project to assist poor families
in nine communities (12 congregations) with the costs of school
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