United Methodist Communications
Office of Public Information
For Immediate Release
October 9, 2020
Nashville, Tennessee - A new campaign initiative – Give Love, Joy, Hope, Peace—invites United Methodists to join in giving love, joy, hope, and peace through an end of year campaign to support mission and disaster response. Between November 1, 2020 – December 31, 2020, the campaign will showcase stories of transformational work and how financial gifts through The Advance (the United Methodist program for voluntary, second-mile giving) have had a positive impact on people’s lives.
Church leaders and laity can visit ResourceUMC.org/GiveLove to access resources to share with their congregations how they can support God’s mission through the work of Global Ministries.
“To say that 2020 has been a difficult year would be an understatement,” said Roland Fernandes, General Secretary Global Ministries and UMCOR. “The pandemic forced many to reflect on the past, reconsider priorities, and cope with uncertainty. In the midst of this time of great change, one thing has remained constant: God’s mission continues. The mission work of The United Methodist Church continues and would not be possible without the prayers, generosity, or support of laity, leaders, and local churches."
Global Ministries connects the church in mission through evangelism and church growth, missionaries, global health, and disaster response and recovery. Thanks to ongoing support, The United Methodist Church’s Global Ministries has:
- Helped communities affected by COVID-19, helping them to shelter in love instead of fear
- Help birth a new congregation in Sierra Leone
- Assist storm survivors in Iowa and Louisiana, giving them hope as they rebuild their lives
- Continue to advocate for justice and peace on the Korean Peninsula, 70 years after the start of the Korean war
- And so much more.
Since 1948, support of The Advance, the designated mission giving channel of the church, has raised funds that positively affect change within communities and empowered individuals across the globe. Thanks to faithful giving, The Advance has funneled more than $1 billion to thousands of people, equipping ministries worldwide.
“This work only continues with the help of local churches and members. Every contribution makes a difference in this important work,” said Fernandes.
For additional information, contact Tom Farley at [email protected].
About Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church
Global Ministries is the worldwide mission and development agency of The United Methodist Church. Founded in New York City in 1819, Global Ministries today supports more than 400 missionaries in over 70 countries, including the United States. It has personnel, projects and partners in 136 countries. Learn more about Global Ministries by visiting umcmission.org or by following facebook.com/GlobalMinistries and Twitter.com/UMCmission.
Diane Degnan [email protected]