This issue is our bi-yearly Mission Maps issue, showing where United Methodist Women is putting faith, hope and love into action around the world. Where our hands can’t reach, our hearts and financial giving can, making our creative, supportive community truly worldwide. Our founding mothers in 1869 first reached out to women in India to ensure they had access to quality health care and education while also being leaders in their homes, churches and neighborhoods. These maps show that “just” does not belong in front of “giving money.”
February is also Black History Month. As we’ve grown and changed, United Methodist Women’s means of answering God’s call has grown and changed. We have a long and proud history of working for racial justice, work as important today as in any time past. Of course this effort extends beyond the month of February, but we use this national, annual celebration of Black History Month to remind ourselves that our work is not done, that voices are still missing from the conversation that must be heard.
I pray this issue challenges and inspires you to be for the world what God is asking you to be. I pray this issue also offers you encouragement and hope as you are the encouragement for so many others.
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