During these days of uncertainty, we draw inspiration from the words of Jesus when he calls the apostles to go and make disciples of all nations. He offers them this promise, “And lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age” (Matthew 28:20). For centuries these words have offered Jesus’ disciples inner strength to respond to crises with faith, hope, and courage.
Friends United Meeting is holding these words of assurance as we embody our mission in this age. While the coronavirus is disrupting our normal routines, the FUM staff is working remotely to provide uninterrupted service to our members and ministry partners. Most significantly, we are continuing our commitment to connect the global family of Friends during this crisis and we are increasing our support for our most vulnerable communities.
Friends United Meeting cannot do this vital work without the assurance of both Christ’s abiding presence and your financial support. In a normal year, this is the season when we send out multiple funding appeals for both FUM’s general operations and global ministries. Additionally, this is the time when FUM’s field staff are traveling to our Meetings and Churches to raise funds to support their ministries.
This year, FUM will not be doing that. Instead, we are mailing one earnest appeal to you. You can download the PDF version of the appeal here, to read and share. And in the following five videos, we go into greater depth through interviews between staff at our projects and members of the FUM Board.
FUM Belize Director Nikki Holland tells Scott Wagoner about what makes our programs in Belize special: the holistic way that we invest in our students, the vision of peace and hope that we have for the Southside community in Belize City, and the new church growing there.
Friends Theological College Principal Robert Wafula tells Georgia Fuller about the preparation of ministers that takes place at FTC in body, soul, and mind. Under Robert’s leadership, FTC has become a fully accredited institution, and is expanding through satellite campuses and into the world of online education.
Samburu Friends Mission Board Treasurer Noah Lekisima talks with Emily Provance about the particular challenges of Friends ministry in Samburu County, Kenya.
Turkana Friends Mission Director John Moru Losike tells Cliff Loesch about life and ministry among the Turkana people of northwestern Kenya:
Finally, particularly in these times of pandemic, support for medical missions is essential. Here, Director Adan Mohamednoor of Friends Lugulu Mission Hospital shares with Sarah Lookabill about the healing, outreach, and education happening there.
In times of crisis, our purpose as people of faith becomes clear. Our purpose as Friends United Meeting is clear—we are called to connect the global community of Friends. Together we become a dynamic fellowship that is a vital witness to Christ’s abiding presence and love for the most vulnerable. Grounded in Christ, we are called to serve God’s creation. Your support is helping us connect Friends and serve God’s people.
The simplest way to give is by donating to FUM’s General Fund, to support our general programs; or, by giving to FUM’s Global Impact Fund, to support any of our global ministries that are most in need. We also welcome your continuing donations to the FUM ministries that you care most about, and the field staff you want to support. We are still open and processing checks received by mail and online donations.