COVID-19 Solidarity Fund

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"serving vulnerable communities"

Funding Goal - $25,000

Amount Raised - $26,487

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An Enduring Truth

Throughout our history, the people known as Friends (or Quakers) keep rediscovering an essential and enduring truth: There is one who speaks to our most basic needs and most significant hopes—Christ Jesus the Lord. Both individually and communally, we are learning to know and follow the Voice that guides us in the way we should go. Together, we seek to understand and obey that truth which sets us free. As a people, we share in the experience of that powerful life which makes all things new. Maybe you are searching for an authentic and transforming faith and community to call home—if so, come in and join us as we seek to know and follow Christ.

FUM News

2D Annual Sessions: Yearly Meetings Finding New Ways to Gather, Worship and Work​

Friends are innovating at digital speeds to adapt to the threats of a global pandemic. Friends are going online to join virtual meetings for worship, meetings for business, camping and youth programs, pastors’ support groups, prayer groups, fundraisers, and webinars. And for the first time this year, many FUM Yearly Meetings and Associations held their annual sessions online.

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Job Posting: Search for AMO Operations Manager

The FUM Africa Ministries Office (Kisumu) seeks a dynamic,highly-organized junior professional to join the staff team as an Operations Manager. This person will be responsible for overall office running, financial transactions, bookkeeping, and tracking of plans, tasks, and deadlines. The other members of the team will look to this person to complement their skills by providing practical organization of the team’s work so that the ministries of FUM can flourish.

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On Mt. Elgon, COVID-related Pregnancies are Increasing. FCPT is Working to Prevent Them.

On Mt. Elgon, rising teenage pregnancy is one of the unforeseen consequences of measures taken to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Friends Church Peace Team has been active in the communities on Mt. Elgon for nearly a decade and is trusted by many who don't trust the government or other social agencies. Now they are working to educate young women—and young men—about health, sexuality, and dignity.

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African Collaborative Honors Kenyan Wazee

The African COVID-19 Collaboration carried out by FUM, FWCC, and Friends Church Kenya sought to honor a number of former Quaker leaders. Several of these folks were in their 80s and 90s. They are homebound and potentially especially susceptible to the spread of the virus.Leaders of the Collaborative presented these wazee with a large care package that included food like rice, shelf-stable milk packets, sugar, tea, drinking chocolate, cooking oil, uji porridge, baking flour, green grams (mung beans). Additionally, they received thirty disposable facemasks, 500ml of hand sanitizer, a duvet quilt, and a sturdy container for it all.

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Lindi School Undertakes Significant Renovation During COVID-19 Hiatus

The Lindi Friends School in Nairobi's Kibera slum is undertaking significant renovations during the Hiatus imposed by COVID-19 schooling restrictions. These upgrades include major renovation projects that were long overdue. Improvements include plastered walls and replacing the dirt floors in ground floor classrooms with concrete. The primary staircase has been widened, walls painted, signs made, as well as broken doors and windows replaced. The latrines will be rebuilt, and a leaky roof repaired. 

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FUM Plans First Online Auction

FUM is experimenting with a new fundraising idea—an online auction of (mostly) art and crafts created by Friends.

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FUM Journal

Adopt-a-Bed Program Restores Evangelist's Health

Friends Lugulu Mission Hospital's Adopt-a-Bed program saves an evangelist's life on Mt. Elgon. Missionary Jeremiah Akoto writes: "On Friday the 7th of August, in the morning, the first thing I did was to call FUM Africa Ministries Director John Muhanji. I explained to him the situation on the ground and requested for his advice as well as his assistance. I thank God that Brother John asked me to take Stanley to Friends Lugulu Mission Hospital (FLMH) as fast as I could, and he directed me to see the hospital administrator when I arrived."

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Reflections on the Fruits of COVID-19 Collaboration in Africa

In East Africa, the three large Quaker “umbrella” organizations—Friends Church Kenya,, Friends World Committee for Consultation (Africa Section), and Friends United Meeting—came together at the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic to make a united response. They served together to alleviate suffering, and along the way discovered the enormous spiritual blessings of unity. Richard Sitati, FUM's Vice Presiding Clerk, reflects on the experience.

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Turkana Mission Utilizes Varied Approach to Successful Church Planting

Turkana Friends Mission, which was founded fifty years ago this year, continues to plant new churches. There are now thirty churches within Turkana, five of which have grown up in the past three years. Many of these Meetings arise from new or existing relationships—through family members and friends, or through an introduction to Friends by way of Friends' schools, health care, water ministry, or relief work.

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Our Mission

Friends United Meeting commits itself to energize and equip Friends through the power of the Holy Spirit to gather people into fellowships where Jesus Christ is known, loved, and obeyed as Teacher and Lord.

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