Your Peace with Justice gifts Sunday, May 26 (or another day during the year), change lives in places where the joy of knowing Christ is mixed with the tragedy of violence.
In the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Bishop Nkulu Ntanda Ntambo assumed his post as a brutal civil war began in 1996. After nearly eight years of war, he helped to broker a peace settlement at a conference where 250 fighters committed not to fight again.
United Methodists in the Democratic Republic of the Congo – 2.3 million strong – received two Peace with Justice grants from the General Board of Church and Society to respond to the 2011 post-election violence and to teach people to share Jesus’ love.
A $4,790 grant encouraged young people in the Central Congo Episcopal Area to foster reconciliation. Another grant – $4,700 to the South Congo Episcopal Area – engaged youth and their leaders to model ways to overcome violence.
Now we celebrate the outpouring of the Holy Spirit and witness to God’s demand for a faithful, just, disarmed and secure world. The special offering benefits peace-related ministries in annual conferences and through the Board of Church and Society.
United Methodists relate to this special Sunday by seeking peaceful solutions, creating and supporting peace-related ministries in their conference and learning about peaceful, just efforts around the world.
Please give generously on Peace with Justice Sunday, May 26 or another day during the year.
Your Peace with Justice Sunday offering aids disciples, young and old, who are indeed changing lives and changing the world, inspired by Christ’s gospel of love and liberation in the Indiana Conference, the United States and globally, through the General Board of Church and Society.
For more information and resources to receive this offering, visit www.umcgiving.org.