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Unofficial UM Mission Society Sends Out New Missionaries While Official Agency Cuts Back

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The Mission Society Offers Leader Training through Short-Term Mission Academy
December 5-6, 2003, The Mission Society for United Methodists will conduct a training event to equip people to lead short-term mission teams. This training is targeted to individuals and churches who plan on leading a cross-cultural mission team within the next 12 to 18 months. Seminar cost is $99 plus food and lodging. STM Academy is limited to the first 75 who register. For information, contact Amanda at amanda@msum.org or call The Mission Society.

International Missionaries Approved for Service
During the Mission Society's October 2003 board meeting, the Kipuke family from the Republic of Congo was approved as Mission Society missionaries. Esaho Kipuke has served as liaison to the United Nations, as he is a former executive secretary of the parliament in Zaire (now the Republic of Congo). His theological doctoral study was on the development and growth of churches in Africa. Esaho and his wife, Beatrice, a children's ministry worker, hope to use their training and skills now to serve the church in France. The Kipukes' have four children: Kisel, Mark, Shako, and Omba.

18 New Missionaries Approved
In 2003, the Mission Society approved 18 new missionaries for one-year, two year, or career missionary status. These new missionaries will join Mission Society teams in Kazakhstan, Mexico, Tanzania, and Ghana, as well as Wesley Foundations on University of Kentucky and University of Georgia campuses. The Mission Society offers missionary service opportunities of varying term lengths. For more information about mission service with Mission Society, contact Janice Colvin at 1-800-478-8963, ext. 9025 or e-mail jcolvin@msum.org.

"Soy cow" to Help Prevent Disease in Ghana
The nutrition center at the Methodist Faith Healing Hospital in Ankaase, Ghana, has a new machine that will help save lives. Super heating soy beans and water, this "soy cow" machine makes soy milk, which is helping provide affordable prevention of malnutrition-related deaths in the Ankaase area. In addition, this soy cow will help prevent HIV/AIDS spread to babies through breast milk. Mission Society missionaries who staff the nutrition center hope to help villagers market the milk beyond Ankaase. This will help provide a sustainable income for village soybean farmers. For more information on the Mission Society's other medical ministries, contact our office at 1-800-478-8963

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