From the Editor (February 2018)

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This issue features our biannual mission maps, marking where your Mission Giving is changing lives throughout the world. Like our foremothers, United Methodist Women today knows that funding women is essential for positive change to occur.

The creative community that is United Methodist Women supports women, children, youth and one another with prayer, service, advocacy and resources. Giving is mission. It allows women in their communities and context to develop programs and outreach they know is most effective. Matthew 6:21 states, “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” United Methodist Women’s heart is with women down the street and across oceans.

Each mark on the maps represents a woman, teen, child, family, church or neighborhood you have supported. Your rummage sales, bazaars, dinners, 5K races, talent shows and other fundraisers built community among those closest to you and raised mission dollars to support community building among women around the world. You serve and advocate locally because you know what your community needs. And your Mission Giving helps women around the world to do the same.

Use the maps in this issue to remind you how far women organized for mission can reach. Pray for our projects and partnerships and learn more about them by reading response or exploring the United Methodist Women website. Share the maps with others. Share response with others. Share the work you do and the causes you care about and the voices of the marginalized with others. I hope the maps serve as a visual reminder of the importance of United Methodist Women and of the great work you do and support. Celebrate the good that comes from your faith, hope and love in action.

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About Tara Barnes

editor of response, the magazine of United Methodist Women.
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