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NEWS: FARMER-TO-FARMER AID IN ARMENIA
Fremont, Michigan, is a small town with a big project. Fourteen years ago, a few farmers and their local churches started a Growing Project with the Foods Resource Bank (FRB). Since then, their project has expanded to involve 20 farmers, 10 churches, several local businesses, and many individuals and organizations.
In Armenia, the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) partners with FRB to increase food security. UMCOR’s agriculture team in Armenia provides communities in need with education and agricultural inputs such as livestock and beehives, and asks beneficiaries to “pass on the gift” when their new animals have offspring.
“We are certain that the farmer-to-farmer approach is one of the cornerstones of our project’s success,” reports Gohar Grigoryan, who leads UMCOR’s mission in Armenia. “It creates a spiritual link when the harvest grown by a [US] farmer… helps disadvantaged rural families on the other side of the world.”
The spiritual kinship formed by farmers sharing their surplus across borders goes both ways. FRB’s farmer-to-farmer model fosters the understanding that we’re all in this together. Read more.
You can support this powerful ministry of accompaniment by donating to Foods Resource Bank, Advance #982493.
PRAYER: CHERRY BLOSSOMS AND HOPE
Melissa Crutchfield, UMCOR associate general secretary for International Development, first offered a reflection in the spring of 2011 at the close of a meeting in South Korea, to support recovery in Japan following the devastating triple disaster there.
Cherry blossoms—the first sign of spring—consistently reassure us; the small pink and white flowers are a signal to us that life goes on, grows, blooms, replenishes, and recovers from the harsh winter of previous months. They embody optimism and hope in their very existence….
[A]s the Gospel tells us in the story of the resurrection—we just need to believe that life, which we thought had ended, has in fact begun again. Read the full Lenten reflection.
Please pray this Lenten season for renewal and new life especially in the most devastated of places.
UMCOR OPENINGS: GRANT OFFICER, COMMUNITY-BASED PRIMARY HEALTH CARE
UMCOR has the following opening for a grant officer to manage the community-based primary health care grant portfolio for UMCOR Health and Development. Read more.
MEDIA: ECO-PALMS VIDEO
Watch and share this video about Eco-Palms, a program that provides fairly traded palm fronds to churches for Palm Sunday. The March 1 deadline for ordering is coming up soon. Order yours today!
RESOURCE: ONE GREAT HOUR OF SHARING
One Great Hour of Sharing is on March 10 this year. Free online resources, including a bulletin insert, poster, sermon starters and children’s sermon, are available to help you celebrate this offering that supports UMCOR.
UMCOR provides emergency relief in many areas of the world. Tofind out more about UMCOR's ministries, please visit umcor.org. Youcan donate to any project by placing a contribution in the offeringplate at a local United Methodist church; by sending a check toUMCOR, PO Box 9068, New York, NY 10087-9068; or by calling1-800-554-8583, where credit card donations are accepted. You canalso give online by clicking any of the "DONATE" links or make a $10donation anytime by texting “UMCOR” to 80888. UMCOR is exempt fromtax under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of theUnited States and qualifies for the maximum charitable contributiondeduction by donors.
And, please pray for those who are hungry,displaced, sick or in poverty because of these and other natural andhuman-made disasters, and for the workers who minister to them.
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