FUM News Blog

Online Prayer Gathering

The Quaker author Douglas V. Steere makes this bold claim: “When God answers prayer, things happen, miracles take place, and we live in a dynamic universe where prayer is a factor in effecting change.” As countries are in chaos, as the virus spreads, as communities are dealing with significant disruptions, the FUM community is invited to effect change through prayer.

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2020 Triennial and the Coronavirus

Because of the outbreak of COVID-19 (Coronavirus), Friends are asking—and rumors are spreading—about canceling the 2020 FUM/QMI/USFWI Triennial sessions. The General Board of Friends United Meeting met last week and discussed this possibility. While the virus is spreading quickly, at this point no decision has been made to change the plans or dates for the Triennial.

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FUM Ships Books to Friends Theological College

No book is ever wasted in Africa. Books are hard to come by, and the FTC community is eagerly anticipating the arrival of this precious shipment.

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Leadership Transitions in Samburu

The Samburu Friends Mission Board, at its meeting on 8 February 2020, appointed Daniel Lentirangoi of Lorumoki Friends Church to serve as Acting Administrator for a one year period, while the Board carries out the search process for a new Director. Daniel is a recent graduate of Laikipia University with a teaching degree (specializations in History and Christian Religious Education), and hopes to enroll in the Bachelors of Theology programme at Friends Theological College later in 2020.

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Update on Belize Friends School Fundraising

It is with deep gratitude and joy that we announce that Friends have raised $40,259.68 for the Belize Friends School! Several months ago...we sent out an appeal for $37,500 to keep the school open for the remainder of the school year. Your amazing response allows us to move into the next fiscal year with a small head start, as we work on raising the $67,000 needed to fund the school through the next school year.

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Quaker Archive Launch at FTC

This vital and time-critical work will gather and preserve key pieces of contemporary Quaker history. It combines recording and transcribing oral histories with the collection of personal documents and institutional records going back to 1902 when Quakerism came to East Africa. This is a multi-year project with a scope that will cover all of Africa, and it will serve an international community. A digital collection will make materials and oral histories available to Friends and scholars around the world. Some of the stories of faith and witness among East African Friends will be shared in translation with Friends around the world as religious education resources. 

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