Kenya: Debbie Hogeboom thanks you for your prayers. Authorities announce that four of the Ocampo 6 will be tried for crimes related to the post-election violence in 2007-08. Security was high in the Eldoret area, but all has remained calm.
Rwanda: Pray for Julie Yerger's one-month visit in Rwanda beginning Sun., Feb. 5. While there she plans to talk with Kibogora Hospital leadership to see what their priorities are for the hospital and discuss how she can work with them to meet those goals. This will give Julie more information as she makes decisions and plans toward her return in June after a time of partnership building in the U.S.
Hong Kong/Philippines: Pray for God's continued healing touch on Kits Monencillio, missionary from the Philippines to Hong Kong, as she recovers from surgery for a burst appendix last week.
India: Pray for God's protection and for health to surround students from Helen Rose Training College of Nursing; some do not have safe living situations.
Mexico: Pray for newly appointed Mexican missionary Eunice Alvarez and God's direction for her place of service. Also pray God will direct FM churches in Mexico raising funds for missions.
Heavenly Treasures Team: Pray Kathy Gaulton, Keith Tanita and Christina Gaulton have safe travels and good meetings with artisans in Kenya and Ethiopia. They travel today, Jan. 31 through Fri., Feb. 17.
Pray for FM Church efforts to participate in Freedom Sunday this Feb. 26. For more information to raise awareness and funds to combat slavery click here.
The bishops of the Free Methodist Church have invited all Free Methodist congregations to participate in Freedom Sunday - March 13, 2011. Freedom Sunday is a day for the Church to rally once again to the call to abolish slavery in the world. Abolition of slavery played an important part in the establishment of the Free Methodist Church. It still remains an important part of our message.
by Kevin Austin, Free Methodist Missionary for North America
The abolitionist movement of the 19th century, in one generation, challenged the enormous, entrenched business of slavery and made slavery illegal. Unfortunately, the business of slavery went underground. It broke apart and fled to the dark corners of the economy. Now it thrives on our city streets and in our lifestyles.
It’s time once again for Free Methodists to be abolitionists. We can finish the work that our ancestors began. We can re-abolish slavery.
At the 2007 General Conference we adopted a very strong resolution against slavery. We can breath life into this resolution by taking action in three ways:
First, each church can participate in Freedom Sunday. Freedom Sunday is designed to give churches the tools needed to engage effectively.
Second, every person has unique gifts and callings, which can be used to fight human trafficking. The Not for Sale Campaign, in cooperation with the Free Methodist Church, wants to help each of us engage.
Third, when you help the homeless, feed the hungry, sponsor a child through International Child Care Ministries, partner with a missionary, or plant a tree through Eden Reforestation Projects you are indirectly or directly opposing modern day slavery. Support these works of Biblical Justice.
No one should be for sale.
Together we can re-abolish slavery.
Freedom Sunday is a worship platform that provides churches with what they need to become more aware and more active in opposing modern slavery. Soft launched in February 2010, more than 1,000 churches in over 30 countries participated in the first global Freedom Sunday. The goal for 2011 is 100,000 churches worldwide.
Freedom Sunday understands that worship is the catalyst for action. The worship of God does not just flow up to God and then down to us in the form of blessings. Worship also moves the worshiper outward. We give – we receive – we move outward to transform the world with love and prophetic action in the power of God
On Freedom Sunday the global church prays, proclaims, sings, and intercedes. This worship empowers the worshiper to move out beyond awareness to action.
We must remember that the abolition movement is a key part of our heritage. The “freedom from slavery” commitment we made 150 years ago must be revived as we acknowledge that the world has more slaves today (more than 27,000,000) than ever before. Free Methodists must and will continue to do something about this. We are pleased to inaugurate initiatives to address this which churches will be able to participate in and contribute to on March 13 ... and far beyond that day. Please make this commitment a priority. It is part of the “whole gospel” we proclaim.
Breckenridge Chapel becomes the first church of any denomination in Louisville to commit to participate in this movement.
Freedom Sunday can be observed any Sunday of the year. March 13, 2011 is the global celebration of freedom. For more information on Freedom Sunday go to Freedom Sunday.