THE UNITED CHURCH has many dedicated volunteers who
give their time and talent to valued projects and programs.
One such group is the Mission & Service Enthusiasts who
inspire people to give. In an effort to connect Mission &
Service Enthusiasts across the church, we created conference gatherings over the phone. There have been two such
gatherings over the last year. Here, two Mission & Service
Enthusiasts share their reflections on these gatherings.
• David Charles, Mission & Service Enthusiast, Four
Rivers Presbytery, Bay of Quinte Conference in Ontario:
“I was pleased to get listings of other Enthusiasts and
contact those people. Mission & Service participation is
very good in Four Rivers and people are sharing their
stories at our Presbytery planning meetings.” Charles
participated in both calls and is looking forward to the
gathering in September when we will share how Mis-
sion & Service has touched our lives as we learn and
practice our “Why I give” stories.
• Marnie McDonough, Mission & Service Enthusiast,
Annan-Woodford Pastoral Charge, Toronto Conference:
“The calls are a great use of resources and time, and it
is great to hear the ideas from others on the calls.”
Register for the September Mission & Service learning
gathering online at united-in-learning.com or call 1-800-
268-3781 ext. 3050.
—Ruth Noble is the Mission & Service Engagement Coordinator in the Philanthropy Unit at the General Council
Office in Toronto.
The United Church’s People in Part- nership Program, supported by
Mission & Service, is co-ordinating a
number of visits that will connect individuals from our diverse international
partnerships with a variety of ministries across Canada. These visits are
crucial to learning about and growing
global ministry. Here are a few of the
exciting opportunities for 2017.
• In May, the Toronto Conference
welcomed a return visit from a delegation representing the Seoul Presbytery of the Presbyterian Church in
the Republic of Korea.
• Hugo Oquendo from the Method-
ist Church in Colombia arrived in
June and will be studying at the
University of Toronto until the end
of the year.
• At the 55th anniversary celebrations
of United Church Women (UCW)
held in Vancouver in July, the UCW
welcomed two women from the
Morogoro Women’s Training Centre
in Tanzania. UCW supported this
partner in training traditional birth
attendants and Mission & Service
supports the ongoing ministry of
• Global partners join young people
from across Canada at Rendez-Vous
2017, held in Montreal this August.
Arthur Amani Bampo, a member
of Mission & Service Partner
l’Eglise du Christ au Congo in the
Democratic Republic of the Congo
(DRC), will be leading a Rendez-
Vous workshop. He is sharing his
first-hand experience with mining
companies and resource extraction
in grassroots communities in the
• In addition, youth from Mission &
Service partner organizations in
Korea and El Salvador will gather
with young people representing
several Conferences (Bay of Quinte,
Ont., B.C., Toronto, and Maritime)
to form a global learning community at Rendez-Vous.
• Laarni Robles, a young leader from
the United Church of Christ in
the Philippines, joined the United
Church’s leadership team for the
2017 summer GO project.
You can be a part of our vibrant
global ministry initiatives. The People
in Partnership Program is inviting
communities of faith to host global
Mission & Service partners. To learn
more about this opportunity, visit
—Pat Elson is the Team Leader for
the People in Partnership Program at
the General Council office in Toronto.
Calling all MISSION & SERVICE Enthusiasts
Youth take part in the