FUM News Blog

The Kenyan Quaker Church’s Call for Missions, Part II

During the first retreat of the FUM African Mission Committee or Friends Africa Board of Missions (FABOM), held at Noble Hotel in Eldoret in August, the Board explored what they need to do to make mission a part of the work of the African church. During the retreat in Eldoret, it was clear that the committee needed to develop a mission, vision, and strategy for African missions. The purpose of the Friends Africa Board of Missions (FABOM) is to fuel the engagement of African Friends in fulfillment of the Great Commission across the world. The mission statement developed at the retreat directs FABOM to energize, equip, and send African Friends to mission fields to fulfill Jesus’ Great Commission through the power of the Holy Spirit.

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The Kenyan Quaker Church’s Call for Missions

Since 1902, the Kenyan Friends Church has been a recipient of missions from Western Friends. Many years have passed, and the same story repeats itself—even after Quaker missionaries left the country in 1964 and left the Church under Kenyans’ management. The church has remained a recipient of missions, and this has led to the understanding among Kenyan Quakers that missions are a preserve of the West—especially funding the mission work as a local church. Many Kenyan Quakers are willing and ready to go to the mission field, but expect the Western churches, under Friends United Meeting, to fund them. This has affected the ability of the Quaker Church in Kenya to carry out missions work.

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FWCC, FUM Partner for Communications Training

This September, the Africa Section of Friends World Committee for Consultation (FWCC–AS), in collaboration with the Africa Ministries Office of Friends United Meeting, has been conducting communications training among Yearly Meetings leaders in Kenya, with the aim of improving online communication through the use of internet services.

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Belize Friends Goes Back to School Online

On Saturday, 14 August 2021, the Ministry of Education of Belize announced that, due to an alarming spike in the number of Covid-19 cases in the country, the in-person start of classes would be delayed until at least October.

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Press Adds New Digital Titles

Friends United Meeting is excited to announce that twenty-three Friends United Press books are now available in e-book format. FUM is thrilled to make these e-books available through the FUM Bookstore (https://bookstore.friendsunitedmeeting.org/collections/e-books) and they can also be found on Barnes & Noble. Eventually, on Amazon’s timetable, the Kindle versions will become available on Amazon.com.

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News from Friends Lugulu Mission Hospital

Friends Lugulu Mission Hospital continues to faithfully serve the people of western Kenya even (or especially?) during a crippling pandemic. Board chair Moses Poipoi recently reminded Board members that the hospital might seem small but it has a big impact and, “if one fellow gets well, the whole family gets well.”

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