CBF of MS Disaster Relief Work- Katie Carter

One of the four pillars of CBF of Mississippi is Poverty Relief and Development for the state of Mississippi. Recently, CBF MS has had two major opportunities to uphold this pillar in the Mississippi Delta and we are calling our people and churches to join in the work.

During the month of March, the Delta has experienced tremendous flooding, leaving many families completely displaced from their homes. The areas affected by this flooding are considered areas of persistent rural poverty where families already struggle to secure the basics of food, water and shelter. When the families do get to return to their homes, they will need to gut their homes and clean out all of the muck. CBF MS is working to put together buckets full of supplies that will allow these families to clean out their homes and preserve as much of their homes and belongings as they can. These buckets relieve a family of tremendous financial burden by allowing them to remain in their homes and avoid purchasing an abundance of cleaning supplies. The CBF of MS Disaster Response Coordinator has put together this project and is working to ensure that we reach as many families as possible. We hope for each church to collect at least 10 buckets. Every bucket that we fill means that we get to offer both spiritual and physical hope to multiple individuals and families.  

In addition, CBF MS is helping families that recently lost their homes and possessions in an apartment fire in Cleveland, MS. CBF MS is helping five families in particular, each with small children. These families not only lost a place to live, but they lost all of their clothes, shoes, hygiene items, food, school supplies, kitchenware, furniture, important legal documents, etc. These families must start completely from scratch with rebuilding their lives, but CBF MS knows that we have access to resources that will help them get back on their feet. CBF MS is staying in contact with these families and keeping an updated list of their needs. CBF’s rural poverty initiative, Together for Hope, is doing work on the ground with these families on a weekly basis. Together for Hope’s regional Vice President for the Delta is even working to collaborate with the Salvation Army so that between CBF efforts and the efforts of the Salvation Army, we can extend hope and dignity to each and every family.

CBF of Mississippi values individuals both in church and out of church and believes in the importance of taking an active role in its communities. The opportunities before CBF MS in the month of March alone, could affect the lives of numerous families and individuals, making an impact beyond what we could ever dream. If you are interested in joining in these disaster relief efforts, you may visit our Facebook page (CBF of Mississippi), contact your local CBF church, or send an email to intern@cbfms.org.

CBF Harvey response: 5 things you and your church can do

Posted on August 29, 2017 by CARRIE MCGUFFINLeave a comment

 

August 29, 2017

By Jeff Huett

DECATUR, Ga. — Individuals and churches wanting to assist victims of Hurricane Harvey are invited to consider partnering with the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship in the days to come by making financial gifts and by forming volunteer recovery teams.

“And the gifts of money and time from some should be undergirded with prayer and patience by all,” said Alan Williams, coordinator of CBF’s U.S. Disaster Response.

CBF Disaster Response, in partnership with CBF Texas and Fellowship Southwest, have continued reaching out to the more than 100 CBF partner churches in Houston and other communities along the Texas Gulf Coast. They are coordinating a response with other partners, including the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters (VOAD), as well as other local and national partners, including friends in the North American Baptist Fellowship.

Below are some things you and your congregation can do in the days ahead alongside CBF to help those affected by Hurricane Harvey. Distribute this list in your church newsletter or via social media.

5 Things You and Your Church Can Do

1) Pray  In a city as large as Houston and its surrounding areas, it is possible, even likely, that you know someone affected by Hurricane Harvey. Pray for families who have lost everything they own and first-responders who are giving everything they have to save lives. Pray for communities as they cope and as they heal.

2) Give — As CBF helps get people and communities back on their feet over the long-term, financial resources will be necessary. Please consider a gift to the CBF Hurricane Disaster Relief Fund here.

3) (And Give Wisely) — CBF is not accepting donations of items for those affected by the flooding in Texas. CBF has learned from experience with other disasters that it is much more efficient and cost-effective to provide funds that allow CBF Disaster Response personnel to procure supplies as needed.

4) Organize — As search and rescue efforts give way to recovery, CBF will begin providing information and accepting registrations for volunteer teams to travel to affected areas. In the short-term, these groups will be muck-out teams, removing mud and debris from flooded homes. In the future, these teams will help rebuilding efforts. Keep an eye on the CBF website and social media for more information on volunteer opportunities. Visit: http://www.cbf.net/harveyvolunteer/.

5) Think: long-term — In keeping with CBF’s focus on long-term impact, CBF Disaster Response participates in networks seeking to help communities after a devastating event, but employs most of its resources on the long-term recovery, rehabilitation and resiliency of a community after first-responders have finished their work. This takes time and planning.

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DHH Youth Photography Exhibit at Delta Arts Alliance

DHH youth had photography exhibit at the Delta Arts Alliance recently. Thanks to Faith Barnett for teaching DHH youth this year, and congratulations for winning the Fall Artist-in-Residence Award. Also congratulations to Roderious Phillips, whose photo was chosen for an exhibit at Planter's Bank.

Group picture of Lane Riley, Director of DHH, and the youth who participated in this event.

Group picture of Lane Riley, Director of DHH, and the youth who participated in this event.

Photography exhibit of the DHH youth at the Delta Art Alliance show.

Photography exhibit of the DHH youth at the Delta Art Alliance show.

Porta -- Ten Years an Open Door in Athens, Greece

Dr. Bob Newell and his wife Janice ten years ago founded Porta, a cultural center for Albanians located in Athens, GR.  At the time, they were Field Personnel for CBF Global.  Bob and Janice "retired" from the field a couple of years ago to their current home in Georgetown, TX.  Bledi and Blerina Mile from Albania now living in Athens are the on-site directors of Porta.  Bob and Janice continue as members of the Porta Advisory Council, fundraisers for Porta Tomorrow, and semiannual on-site contributors to activities at Porta in Athens.    

Finding Strength in Immigration -- Year after Year

By Rev. Dr. Jason Coker, Field Coordinator., CBFMS; reprinted from Baptist News Global
 

For the past 10 years, the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of Mississippi has had four coordinators and a couple of interims, but only one administrative assistant — and everybody knows her.

Deenie Grubbs has been the face, and more specifically the voice, of CBF MS through a turbulent decade. Whenever people called the office from the CBF national office or from local church members in Mississippi, they heard Deenie’s voice on the other line — and it has always been a gracious voice, which is why so many people love her. For a while, people would call just to see if CBF MS still existed; and when they called, Deenie was their proof that CBF MS was still alive and kicking. She also would do everything in her power to accommodate disparate requests from finding receipts for things she didn’t buy to producing donor lists for people to contact. She’s been a rock and a truly kind presence.

Deenie's grandparents Ellis and Esme' Assaf and their six children.  Deenie's son, Ellis is named after his great-grandfather.  Deenie's dad, Woody Assaf, in this family photo, is the baby! 

Deenie's grandparents Ellis and Esme' Assaf and their six children.  Deenie's son, Ellis is named after his great-grandfather.  Deenie's dad, Woody Assaf, in this family photo, is the baby! 

What almost everyone in the life of CBF MS does not know is that Deenie is not her real name; Deenie’s name is Sybil. This would shock most of our people across the state. Sybil “Deenie” Grubbs received her pet name from her grandparents — particularly her grandmother. Deenie’s grandmother actually called all of her grandchildren “deenie.” She would pinch their cheeks and shake them saying, “Ya deenie; ya deenie!” which translates into “You darling; you darling!”
This was a term of affection that her grandmother gave them from her mother country of Syria. Ellis and Esma Assaf emigrated to the United States after moving in and out of Lebanon and Syria for several years. When they finally had the opportunity to emigrate to the United States they did, and not long after arriving at Ellis Island in New York City, they moved to McComb, Miss., where they started a new life — they never returned to their mother country. For whatever reason, “Ya deenie” stuck with little Sybil, and we’ve only known her at CBF MS as “Deenie” Grubbs.

Deenie’s grandparents were among hundreds of thousands of immigrants leaving Lebanon and Syria, which was then controlled by the Ottoman Empire. From the 1880s to the early 1900s, Mississippi re-ceived many of these immigrants, who did not easily fit into the racial demographic of that time or that place. In other words, it wasn’t easy for many of these Middle Eastern immigrants, but the promise of freedom inspired their hope and tenacity to make it in America.

Today, I watched Deenie’s eyes fill with tears as she mourned the immigration ban prohibiting people from her grandparent’s homeland from coming to this land of freedom. This hits very close to home for CBF MS. Without Deenie’s presence for the past decade, I wonder if CBF MS would have been able to hold on, as coordinators came and went and when the organization failed to live up to its calling. The coordinating council certainly did a great job keeping this ship sailing during this period, but it was Deenie’s day-in, day-out presence that made CBF MS possible. I don’t think it is too much of an overstatement to say that CBF of Mississippi might not exist right now had it not been for the presence of Deenie Grubbs — a grandchild of Syrian immigrants. CBF MS loves Deenie Grubbs and we are so incredibly thankful that her grandparents were not prohibited from coming to this country and making a better life for their descendants.

The fear that has produced this kind of executive order, and the fear that it produces, stands in stark contrast to the hope that immigrants have of trying to find a place of safety for their children and themselves. I had the real privilege of working together with an interfaith group in Wilton, Conn., that hosted two refugee families — one from Iraq and one from Syria. I spent a year of my life eating breakfast nearly every day with a beautiful Iraqi family in order to let them know what the plans were for that day. While I was supposed to be there to help this family assimilate into American society, they actually helped me. They helped me see a bigger world full of good people who were running for their lives. Their two children — close to the same age as my children — became my little habibis.

I heard their story of how long it took to get refugee status, and how they ran for their lives the whole time their status was being processed/vetted in the United States. They fled Iraq and landed in a refugee camp in Jordan when their youngest was only months old.

The other family that we hosted from Syria wasn’t as fortunate. The father passed away in a refugee camp before the family was able to secure refugee status. This was after they walked with their five children for 12 days just to get to the safety of a refugee camp. That journey with small children saved their lives because they were running away from war. Today, the mother has started her own sewing business and the children  are all integrated into school.

I wonder if their children or grandchildren will ever work for CBF or CBF MS? I wonder if they will be able to help one of our organizations bridge a treacherous gap in a time of trouble? I also wonder how many of these children and grandchildren will never live in the United States as we build walls and close our doors to the “huddled masses yearning to breathe free.” I wonder where Deenie would be right now if her grandparents were prohibited from coming to the United States.

I think that’s the source of her tears today.
 

 

Good News -- Hidden Hands!

By Rev. Dr. Bob Newell, PORTA Advisory Council

Ten years ago, Bob and wife Janice Newell co-founded the Albania House in Athens, GR. Currently retired from the CBF mission field and residing in Georgetown, TX. 

Ten years ago, Bob and wife Janice Newell co-founded the Albania House in Athens, GR. Currently retired from the CBF mission field and residing in Georgetown, TX. 

 

Hidden Hands!

Bill Moyers has a way of asking questions. They are often not obvious questions, usually not questions that others are asking and rarely questions for which knee-jerk, thoughtless responses will suffice. One such penetrating, reflection-inspiring, soulsearching query was asked by the east Texas Baptist, whose life’s impact has extended far beyond both of those starting places happened in a dialogue on Moyers’ public television series, Joseph Campbell and the Power of Myth. Moyers put this to Campbell: “Do you ever have the sense of … being helped by hidden hands?”

Campbell affectionately responded, “All the time.” Today, I dare to join the conversation between Moyers and Campbell with the simplest, first stirrings of my own authentic answer: “Yes!” Indeed, at my most honest, I am convinced that my life profoundly rests in hidden hands. So much has happened to me that, given both the good and bad of it, I can only explain by reference to some mysterious, other than reality which, in its essence, is partially revealed, yet largely hidden from both my conscious consideration and my complete comprehension. There are forces in life, over which I am largely powerless and from within which the pen-ultimate inquiries and feeble responses of my life are expressed. These have shaped much of my destiny, profoundly molded me and, as Moyers suggests, have also served, in the end, to help me.

Although some might insist that these hidden energies are totally nefarious and out to do me absolute and permanent harm, my sense is that there is a judicious mixture of forces in my experience, which hold the purpose and potential of two opposing outcomes; some hidden hands have sought, in the short-run, to harm me and others have sought, in the larger picture, to help. Those which seek to help, I like to call good. And those which seek to harm, I call evil.

Among many other things, it is this powerful, existential reality which, in the simplest and most hopeful terms, we have sought to communicate to Albanian immigrants in Athens, Greece through PORTA – the Albania House in Athens. While many of our Albanian friends have brutal experience with the reality that their lives are in someone else’s hands, it is sometimes difficult for them to realize that these are helpful hands. So much has happened to them – usually from the hands of others - that has been hurtful. It is so easy for Albanians (and all of us, for that matter) to conclude that the forces are against us.

And, to be honest, in the real world there surely are hidden forces that are opposed to our hope, health and happiness. But, that is not the entire story, especially as understood from the perspective of what almighty God has done and continues to do through Jesus Christ. Indeed, as Moyers and Campbell attest, in the end the hidden hands are helpful hands. As the followers of Jesus have come to understand, there is a more powerful set of hands which ultimately are even at work in the presence of other, evil hands. The hands that willingly took the piercing and pain of the nails on a cruel cross are the same hands that rolled away the stone on that first resurrection morning. Indeed, as the Apostle Paul said, years ago: “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who are called according to his purpose.”

At this time of the year, we in the west find ourselves in the immediate aftermath of an angry political debate, the divisive process of which has disheartened most and the political outcome of which has disappointed many. Somewhat ironically, we are also inclined, by calendar traditions, toward a celebration of thankfulness. At this somewhat awkward juncture, let us remember the helping hands. Let us join hands in worship, “giving a hand” to the One whose hands in human form took the hurt in order to help us. “Place your hand in the hand of the man who stilled the water.” Will you also join us in giving a helpful “hand-up” to those whose lives seem to have been largely in hurtful hands? “I see that hand! God bless you!”

CBF of Mississippi Fall Assembly (FA) 2016 -- Great Success!

Great opening night of CBF MS Fall Assembly 2016 on Friday, October 21, at Northside Baptist Church, Clinton, MS.  After a delicious fellowship meal together, Kate Campbell was incredible in concert.  Northside Baptist rolled out the red carpet for CBFers from across the state.  The evening ended with great anticipation for the sessions on Saturday. 

Very engaging second day at CBF MS assembly included educational breakout sessions, annual business meeting, and worship after the noon meal to close the event.  Ruth Perkins Lee, Charlie Johnson, Lane Riley, and Bobby Rayburn all led breakout sessions on Saturday morning.  The theme of FA 2016 was "Where Everyone Counts."  CBF MS set aside time at FA 2016 to help CBF Global celebrate its 25th anniversary.  All in all, this was a very special event indeed.  In addition, this event marked the first Fall Assembly that the Rev. Dr. Jason Coker along with his family attended and helped officiate as the Field Coordinator of CBF MS.

CBF of Mississippi (CBF MS) responds to flood disaster in south Louisiana

CBF of Mississippi (CBF MS) Field Coordinator, Jason Coker, and Disaster Response Coordinator, Jim Kirkendall, are directly involved in partnering with CBF Global and CBF Louisiana (CBF LA) to assist those impacted by the severe flooding in south Louisiana. 

The CBF Global efforts are led by Alan Williams, CBF U.S. Disaster Response Coordinator.  CBF Global is requesting monetary donations specific to south Louisiana flooding by either giving online here, or you may mail a check payable to “CBF” with Acct. 17006 in the memo line to:

Cooperative Baptist Fellowship
P.O. Box 102972
Atlanta, GA 30368-2972.

The donations will be passed through to be managed by CBF LA and distributed to victims of the flooding by a CBF LA team led by Mike Massar, interim CBF Louisiana state coordinator.  Mike and team are working in partnership with CBF churches in the south Louisiana region, including Broadmoor Baptist Church and University Baptist Church in Baton Rouge.  Very quickly needs have been evaluated and ways have been determined  to provide aid.

Through efforts of Jason and Jim, CBF MS has already responded to one of the identified needs.  CBF MS had a trailer at Northside Baptist Church receiving toiletries, diapers, and feminine products to take to Baton Rouge. These items were being collected between 9 am-2 pm everyday until the need was filled.  The address for Northside is:
1475 E Northside Drive
Clinton, MS 39056.

Thanks to all those who responded so quickly, that immediate supplies need has already been met, and Jason was on the road yesterday afternoon making a delivery to CBF LA at a victim distribution point.  As other supplies are identified and needed, Northside Baptist Church will continue to be a collection point.  Please continue to look for Facebook announcements (search for Jason Coker FB page, or go to the CBF Mississippi FB page) for the specifics.  This situation obviously is very fluid and developing rapidly.

   
Also, after assessing the situation, it has now been determined there is a need for able bodied labor to remove furniture from homes. Jim Kirkendall and Jason Coker are now site already working with the good folks at Broadmoor Baptist Church.  Workers are needed for 1-2 days tops! It is a fluid process at the moment, so be ready to change gears quickly!  If you are able to help, please contact Deenie Grubbs at dgrubbs@cbfms.org.

Thanks for your continued support and prayers for the victims and aid workers of the south Louisiana floods.

Rev. Dr. Jason Coker returns July 17 to MS as CBFMS Field Coordinator

By Norman Jameson, Baptist News Global, July 15, 2016

The thermometer offered a 103-degree “Welcome Home” recently to Mississippi native Jason Coker, returning to his roots after 14 years of church leadership in Wilton, Conn.

A Baptist from the South with a drawl, Coker arrived in the affluent Connecticut town not far from New York City as an outsider. He returns to Mississippi also as an outsider, to coordinate a small network of 16 Cooperative Baptist Fellowship churches in the state.

He also will be undergirding the work of Delta Hands for Hope, an advocacy group for school-aged children in the Delta which he started in 2013 in his hometown of Shaw, Miss., while pastor at Wilton Baptist Church. Both the national CBF and its Mississippi affiliate are sponsors of the organization.

“It’s great to be back,” he said, while maneuvering through rural Mississippi roads. “It’s exciting to be here, exciting to think about the work ahead of us.”

Even though Coker and his wife, Pamela, grew up in Mississipppi, they spent the last third of their lives in the New York bedroom community, living and ministering in “a whole town of leaders” who “run the financial institutions of the world.”

In Wilton Baptist Church he found “an incredible group of people from all over world who put their faith into action,” he said. “Their faith influenced the business they do and the way they do business. It was a blessing to be there.”

Coker doesn’t return as the same person who left. He said he is “substantially changed, theologically, personally, professionally and in every kind of way. You can’t life in a different culture and not be changed.”

His accent told everyone in Connecticut, “You’re not from around here.” Now, his linguistic immersion in New England tells his childhood acquaintances in Mississippi he is no longer from around there, either.

“I belong in both places,” he said. “And, it’s true I don’t belong in either.”

His first order of business is to visit the pastors of churches that relate to CBF Mississippi and let them and their church members know he is available as a resource.

He is anxious to get started on concrete ways to accomplish racial reconciliation “in ways that are life giving for everybody.”

Coker, 39, intends to build relationships “and forge partnerships” with other church bodies in the state and is already in conversation with the New Baptist Covenant, formed to build bridges across the racial divide.

“Mississippi is full of really incredible people, good people who want to do good work,” Coker said. “We’re going to access that. We’re going to unlock that in ways we haven’t done before. That’s what excites me most.

“We want to leverage the good will and desire for change in Mississippi, and we will.”

Coker wants to see Delta Hands for Hope grow into the mission arm of CBF Mississippi. He credits director Lane Riley with building his idea into a model. Delta Hands for Hope works with school-aged children and youth in education, recreation, health and spiritual development. A USDA grant last year helped provide 10,000 summer meals for children.

Coker is a graduate of William Carey University in Hattiesburg, Miss., and Yale Divinity School and earned a doctorate from Drew University. He writes a monthly column for Baptist News Global.

“I’ve always felt the most noble thing I could ever do would be to go back to Mississippi, but I never thought it would be like this,” he said. “I come here with a deep sense of calling, but I feel it’s the right time for this.”

CBF Student.Go 2016 Internships Available

Student.Go is a missions program of CBF that provides opportunities for students to serve with our field personnel and ministry partners as they live out CBF Global Missions commitments—cultivating beloved community, bearing witness to Jesus Christ and seeking transformational development.

Internships are 10 weeks or the length of a semester and include orientation at the beginning of the experience as well as a debriefing at the conclusion. Students receive a stipend, $1700 for semester assignments and $1200 for summer assignments. Housing, food and local transportation are provided for most summer assignments and some semester assignments (some assignments will require additional fundraising). Undergraduate students completing their first year of college and at least 18 years of age, as well as graduate students of any age, may apply.

Application Information:

We are currently accepting applications for Summer 2016 and Fall 2016.

Required attendance dates:

Orientation:  Summer and Fall Service -- May 22-25, 2016, Gardner-Webb University, Boiling Springs, NC

Selah vie:  August 3-6, 2016, Joe C. Davis YMCA Outdoor Center, Nashville, TN

Want to apply or need more information about Student.Go?

Contact the Student.Go team at 770.220.1682 or student.go@cbf.net.  You can also submit an application at www.cbf.net/studentdot  

Checkout complete list of 2016 internships by clicking HERE.

 

 

 

Asset Based Community Development in Togo, West Africa

By Ric Stewart

This article highlights some of the mission work Mike and Lynn Hutchinson are doing in Togo, West Africa, serving as CBF Global Field Personnel.  Several excerpts (italicized) and photos from an article written by Greg Warner and published in the August/September issue of the CBF Global Fellowship Magazine are shown below.

Mike and Lynn are committed Christians who have been missionaries for most of their adult lives.  They speak French fluently, which makes them a tremendous asset for CBF in Togo, where next to Eve the native language, French is the most dominant language.  In the past several years, Mike and Lynn have focused on the general education of children in the townships/villages around Lome, Togo, AF.  Lome is located on the Atlantic coast of West Africa.  Mike and Lynn also have worked diligently with adults and children in helping them to realize their God-given potential.  Asset Based Community Development methods are used to develop the villagers talents/skills to the point of being able to use the natural resources of Togo to produce products/services that are of value to the overall community. 

Lynn Hutchinson (third from right) gathers with Baptist women’s groups within her community. The Hutchinsons live in the community in which they serve and celebrate the assets that each individual brings to the table.

Lynn Hutchinson (third from right) gathers with Baptist women’s groups within her community. The Hutchinsons live in the community in which they serve and celebrate
the assets that each individual brings to the table.

The Hutchinsons have a low opinion of “development” as traditionally practiced by Westerners. In a typical approach, “a community must be seen as having nothing” in order to receive help from outside organizations, Mike explained. “This can promote a ‘deficit perspective.’ Sometimes the community themselves come to believe that they have nothing, which leaves them with little hope for improvement.”
“Asset-based community development starts with the individuals who are there,” Lynn explained. “Instead of focusing on deficits, it helps people recognize that they and others in their community have, and in fact are, assets.”

Mike and Lynn Hutchinson help people in their community to discover their gifts, passions and assets that can lead to sustainable projects that lift them out of poverty and empower them to “be who God designed them to be.” Mike (right) is pictured with a local pastor, Dominique (left), who shared ideas about how to reach out and impact his community.

Mike and Lynn Hutchinson help people in their community to discover their gifts, passions and assets that can lead to sustainable projects that lift them out of poverty and empower them to “be who God designed them to be.” Mike (right) is pictured with a local pastor, Dominique (left), who shared ideas about how to reach out and impact his community.

The Hutchinsons believe this organic approach to problem-solving produces community buy-in, and hence long-lasting results.“We invest in individuals,” Mike said. “As they grasp the idea of it, they start things.”

Severan is an eager high-school student from a nearby fishing village, where mothers were troubled about frequent illnesses among their children. After Mike shared the ABCD principles with Severan, the boy and his mother organized a neighborhood sweeping association.

“They decided if their streets were cleaner, their children would be healthier,” Mike noted.  Now every Saturday at 5:30 in the morning, villagers emerge from their homes with brooms in hand and sweep the trash from the dirt streets — plastic bags, wrappers, rotten fruit — a week’s worth of accumulated waste in a village where there is no “public works department” to do it.

Those who participate contribute a tiny amount of money and a bar of soap which are raffled off to one lucky participant each week. “It’s kind of like a door prize but without the door,” Lynn said.

The sweeping association is one way for villagers to practice community-based problem solving, one that the CBF field personnel would probably never suggest. Not only are the streets clean, but the sweeping association and the community have become empowered and confident enough to tackle much more.

CBF and Global Women Better Together

CBF and Global Women Better Together

 By Trudy Johnson

Associate Director

 CBF and Global Women are “identity collaborative” partners but what does that mean? It means the organizations are “better together!” This year CBF celebrates 25 years of mission and ministry while Global Women commemorates 15 years of shining a light on the hard, dark, and difficult places where women and children are the most vulnerable. Through this partnership Global Women will network among women in CBF congregations to heighten awareness of the impact of their work and join together to seek potential responses to issues that stifle Global Women’s vision of a world where every woman is empowered by the love of God, valued by her community, and equipped to fulfill her unique purpose.

 Global Women is pleased to have an increasing number of CBF field personnel as global partners. In 2016 we are helping fund the sewing initiative of the Naomi Center in Romania (Tammy Stocks), the sewing as well as cooking classes of Refuge and Hope in Uganda (Shelah Acker and Missy Ward Angula), and the Tenaganita Shelter for Trafficking Victims and Migrants in Crisis in Malaysia (Cindy Ruble). Additionally, another CBF partner, Passport, Inc.’s Watering Malawi’s Girl Power in support of young girls seeking to break the system of poverty through education is being funded by Global Women. 

 Global Women invites all interested women and men to join them in Greensboro for General Assembly. A workshop: Global Women. Bold Vision., led by Global Women’s executive director, Stacy Blackmon, will highlight the state of women and girls around the world and Global Women’s bold vision for empowering women to live and lead to their full potential. The workshop is scheduled for session 3 from 1:30 to 2:30 PM. Board and staff will also be available at the Global Women exhibit in The Gathering Place.

 Global Women is also throwing a 15th birthday dinner gala on Friday.  This will also be a time to give our second Global Heart Award to Babs Baugh.  Tickets are available at gwbirthdaygala.eventbrite.com. Early ticket sales are encouraged to guarantee a seat at the dinner. For more information on Global Women visit them on Facebook or at GlobalWomenGo.org.

For information contact: 

Trudy Johnson

tjohnson@globalwomengo.org

205.663.0505