Every week the United Church of Canada Publishes a story which highlights everyday issues for people all over the world and how the Mission and Service Fund is having an impact.   

Here are an example of two installments:

A Patchwork Quilt

 

When I was leaving my settlement charge, I was presented with a beautiful quilt sewn by the women of the UCW. Each patch contained the name of a family from the congregation. Although I can no longer put a face to all the names on the quilt, reading the names of the people means I will never really forget them. 

 

The quilt is an apt symbol for the ministry there: many people with different talents, abilities, experiences, and beliefs were brought together as one congregation.

 

You might ask: “Why should I give to M&S?” “Why not support other charities?” “What is M&S all about?” These are good questions!

 

The answer: the Mission and Service Fund is like a quilt. Your gifts to M&S go to fund hundreds of pieces of work, including support for transition houses through Stella Burry Community Services in St. John’s; community outreach programs offered by Wesley Urban Ministries in Hamilton; university chaplaincy in Calgary; Rendez-vous 2011, which will be a gathering for youth and their leaders; and support for the Canadian Foodgrains Bank.

 

As with the patches on my quilt, some of the ministries supported by the United Church through M&S are near and dear to my heart. Some I am less familiar with, but I know they are important to others. When we give to our one central fund, everyone is helped through the M&S quilt. 

 

 

Together, we carry out the work of our United Church. Make a difference! Join the partnership! Support the work of the Mission and Service Fund today.




Africa: Sustainable Agriculture and Community Development 

 

The Surplus People Project (SPP), formed in 1985 in South Africa, supports South Africans working for land, water, and agricultural reform to improve the standard of living in impoverished rural communities. 

 

The SPP works with farmers on a wide range of projects: making land and resources accessible; building rural organizations and networks; making sure farmers have secure long-term tenure; and supporting initiatives that are ecologically friendly. 

 

SPP also offers support to tenant farmers, who are vulnerable to eviction and displacement. SPP is working to train small-scale farmers in techniques that are financially sustainable and ecologically sound. They are also working with women on leadership development, so women can have more of a voice in making community decisions.

 

Please support the work of the Surplus People Project by giving to the Mission and Service Fund. 

 

 

Together, we carry out the work of our United Church. Make a difference! Join the partnership! Support the work of the Mission and Service Fund today.

 


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