From the President (July/August 2014)

The Promise We Keep

The summer months have been very busy. I’m sure many of you are attending, teaching or assisting at your Mission u and gaining new insights from our mission studies. Mission u is a wonderful time of fellowship with new friends, old friends and a chance to engage in the work of United Methodist Women. No matter where you are on your Christian journey, we rely on the Scriptures to help us understand what God is asking us to do and what promises we must keep to move United Methodist Women forward in mission. I rejoice constantly in knowing that the God we serve is faithful to meet all that we need as United Methodist Women to fulfill our calling to improve life for women, children and youth around the world (Philippians 4:19).

We must be vigilant to accomplish this goal. Remember to regularly peruse the United Methodist Women website to get valuable information about mission, including the latest Action Alerts, the national United Methodist Women event calendar, news and mission videos, articles from response and United Methodist Women News and more. From the website you can connect to photos on Flickr and also share what’s going on in your local unit and community through United Methodist Women social media outreach on FacebookPinterest, Twitter and here on the response blog. These mission tools will help you better discern where you can step in and make a difference by bringing awareness to an issue, connecting with a nearby national mission agency, volunteering at a school or community center or reaching out to female veterans or spouses at a nearby military base.

The opportunities to put our faith, hope and love into action are endless.

I had the privilege of walking former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton out after her Assembly speech. We talked about United Methodist Women’s work—our meetings, workshops, Mission u, spiritual growth, Limitless events, maternal health initiative and scholarships. Ladies, that’s faithfulness to God’s call. We lament that it’s hard to get people to come to a meeting or a district event. I say, stop worrying and be encouraged. Let’s move forward with the 800,000 Bold, Edgy, Loving, Giving, Compassionate and Unreasonable United Methodist Women members we have, continue to do the work we’ve been call to do and plant seeds of mission at every opportunity. God will give the increase.

In 1869 our foremothers made a promise and gave a few cents. Today, with that same passion, love and dedication, we will keep the promise and make sure that United Methodist Women will go forward into the next 150 years in mission with women, children, youth, who are still among the most vulnerable in the world. This is the work God called United Methodist Women to do. And like our foremothers, we answer, “Yes!” to God’s call. Thank you United Methodist Women for what you do. Thank you for your time, energy and passion. To God be all the glory!

YVETTE KIM RICHARDS
President
United Methodist Women

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