From the President (May 2015)

My soul will make its boast in the LORD; the humble will hear it and rejoice. O magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt His name together. I sought the LORD, and He answered me, and delivered me from all my fears.
Psalm 34:2-4 (NASB)

Happy Mother’s Day to all those who nurture and engage in our lives. Your faith and prayers have protected us, so we say thank you for caring for and loving us. You taught us to love the Lord with all our hearts and fear not, for when we allow fear to come into our lives we miss out on God’s blessings.

United Methodist Women members are on a journey to Make It Happen for women, children and youth around the world. It gives me such wondrous joy to know our commitment turns right side up lives that are upside down. We take our gifts and talents and sow seeds for faith, hope and love in action.

United Methodist Women’s focus on maternal health calls for justice and a fuller life for mothers. We want to increase healthy births of babies around the world and reduce maternal deaths. I thank God for the work we do locally and globally as we partner with others working to create safer and better lives for mothers and children.

The Difference Makers Circle of United Methodist Women in the Metro Kansas City area recently hosted a roundtable conversation with medical and community organizations to discuss the everyday issues and concerns around healthy mothers and healthy babies. As children of the Most High, our responsibilities are great, but God has equipped us to make change. The world needs healthy babies.

We celebrate Mother’s Day in a month we also celebrate graduations. Access to education is something that United Methodist Women members have been working hard for over many years. Our national mission institutions have in place wonderful programs for children and youth to prepare them for life. We get joy and excitement reading to a child, assisting in homework, teaching English as a second language or supervising a field trip, just to name a few ways we help develop future leaders.

I once again challenge you to contact your local national mission institutions and ask how you can volunteer. Maybe the organization would like Reading Program books, or help with fulfilling their supply wish lists. To find a national mission institution near you, visit www.unitedmethodistwomen.org/nmi.

For those without a national mission institution in your area, contact our regional missionaries and see how you can provide educational supplies to them.

These are wonderful ways to be mission as local units make a difference in the lives of women, children and youth around the world. Oh magnify the Lord with me as we continue to put faith, hope and love into action.

YVETTE KIM RICHARDS
President
United Methodist Women

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