Newsline for July 18, 2007

“All the ends of the earth shall remember and turn to the Lord….”

Psalm 22:27a

1) Seven students graduate from ministry training programs.
2) Brethren tackle growing projects for Foods Resource Bank.
3) Assessment team travels to Sudan in preparation for new mission.
4) Brethren grants support disaster relief and hunger relief efforts.
5) Brethren Disaster Ministries makes a difference in Gulf coast.
6) Brethren bits: Personnel, job opening, Caring Ministries, and more.

7) Lead team of mission workers is named for Sudan mission.

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1) Seven students graduate from ministry training programs.

At the 2007 Annual Conference of the Church of the Brethren in Cleveland, Ohio, five Training in Ministry (TRIM) and two Education for Shared Ministry (EFSM) students were recognized for completing their programs.

“We ask God’s blessing on these servant leaders as they minister to others in the name of Jesus,” said an announcement in the newsletter of the Brethren Academy for Ministerial Leadership, a ministry training partnership of the Church of the Brethren General Board and Bethany Theological Seminary.

TRIM graduates are Ruth Aukerman of Union Bridge (Md.) Church of the Brethren; Ronald Bashore of Mount Wilson Church of the Brethren in Lebanon, Pa.; Carol Mason, a member of the staff of the General Board’s Congregational Life Teams; Martha Shaak of Palmyra (Pa.) Church of the Brethren; and Richard Troyer of Middlebury (Ind.) Church of the Brethren.

EFSM graduates are Philip Adams of Independence (Kan.) Church of the Brethren, and Jeremy Dykes of Jackson Park Church of the Brethren in Jonesborough, Tenn.

The academy announced 2008 new student orientation dates: Feb. 28-March 2, and June 23-26.

2) Brethren tackle growing projects for Foods Resource Bank.

The Church of the Brethren is cultivating 17 growing projects for the Foods Resource Bank this season. The church relates to the Foods Resource Bank through the Global Food Crisis Fund of the Church of the Brethren General Board.

Sponsoring groups include 24 congregations, a camp, and a retirement community. Nine congregational sponsors are new to the program. The projects are located in nine states. In two ventures–Reno-McPherson County in Kansas, and Grossnickle/Hagerstown/Welty/Harmony in Maryland-the harvest is winter wheat, a first among Brethren growing projects. Another first for Brethren this season are fields of popcorn, the growing project of the Cherry Grove, Dixon, and Lanark congregations in Illinois.

In six of the projects, Brethren have enlisted neighboring churches from other communions as partners. The partners include United Presbyterian, United Methodist, Church of God, United Church of Christ, Lutheran, and independent churches.

–Howard Royer is manager of the Global Food Crisis Fund for the General Board.

3) Assessment team travels to Sudan in preparation for new mission.

Progress is being made on two fronts for Church of the Brethren ministry in Sudan. In addition to the naming of a lead team of mission workers (see personnel notice below), an assessment team is currently traveling in Sudan.

The assessment team of Enten Eller, director of distributed education and electronic communication at Bethany Theological Seminary, and Phil and Louise Rieman, co-pastors of Northview Church of the Brethren in Indianapolis, is assessing three different areas of the country to prepare for a decision about where the Brethren will begin work.

“Each area holds great need and great promise,” said Brad Bohrer, director of the Sudan mission. “We will be sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ with the people of southern Sudan, addressing the physical, spiritual, and relational needs of those we serve.” The itinerary and daily blogs of the assessment team can be found at http://www.sudan.brethren.org/.

The Sudan mission initiative is a new approach to mission by the Church of the Brethren General Board. It is a fully self-funded program, with all financial support coming through specified donations to the program and to the people serving as mission workers.

–Janis Pyle is coordinator of Mission Connections for the Church of the Brethren General Board.

4) Brethren grants support disaster relief and hunger relief efforts.

Thirteen recent grants from the Emergency Disaster Fund and the Global Food Crisis Fund total $153,500. Both funds are ministries of the Church of the Brethren General Board. The grants support disaster relief and hunger relief in Indonesia, China, Chad, Congo, India, Mozambique, New Orleans, the northeast United States, and the area of Greensburg, Kan., and give support to the Foods Resource Bank and the Africa Initiative of Church World Service (CWS).

A grant of $40,000 from the Global Food Crisis Fund continues support for the Africa Initiative launched by CWS in 2004. The four-year program develops innovative and sustainable strategies in the areas of hunger and poverty relief, solutions for the displaced, work against HIV and AIDS, peace building, and water for life. The grant supports ongoing work especially in the area of hunger and poverty relief, and water for life.

The Emergency Disaster Fund has given two grants to flood response in Indonesia. A grant of $29,000 responds to a CWS appeal for the North Sumatra Province, where many people remain in camps six months after the flooding, supporting the distribution of health kits and longterm activities to supply water, sanitation, and shelter. A grant of $7,500 responds to flooding in Manggarai District, where the money will help provide relief to 595 households in two phases: a “crisis phase” in which health kits, blankets, and high-energy biscuits are distributed, and a “post-crisis phase” in which CWS provides tools, seed, water, and disaster preparedness training.

A CWS appeal for water projects in the Aceh province of Indonesia is supported by an allocation of $10,000 from the Global Food Crisis Fund. The money will help clean wells and transport water to distribution points, as well as install water purification units and construct latrines.

An allocation of $12,000 from the Emergency Disaster Fund follows a CWS appeal for emergency relief operation for internally displaced people in Chad, because of the “spill-over” effects of the violent conflict in neighboring Darfur, Sudan. The funds will help with sanitation and hygiene as well as community service activities and preparation for psycho-social care.

A grant of $10,000 from the Emergency Disaster Fund is going to the St. Joseph Rebuild Center in New Orleans, La. The allocation supports the opening of the center at St. Joseph’s Church to help meet the needs of migrant day laborers and others who are homeless.

The sum of $10,000 from the Emergency Disaster Fund responds to a CWS appeal for the Democratic Republic of Congo, where decades of violence have displaced millions of people, and weather and disease threatens food security. The funds will assist with food, seeds, and plastic sheeting, as well as the rehabilitation of wells, schools, and clinics.

A $10,000 allocation from the Global Food Crisis Fund is giving operational support to the Foods Resource Bank.

An allocation of $7,500 from the Emergency Disaster Fund responds to a CWS appeal following a large earthquake in China’s Yunan province. The funds will support relief and recovery efforts, including the rebuilding of homes, irrigation systems, and schools, and distribution of rice, quilts, and plastic sheeting for tents.

A $5,000 grant from the Emergency Disaster Fund responds to a CWS appeal following flooding and tornados on the east coast and the northeast United States. The funds help support deployment of Disaster Response and Recovery Liaisons emergency shipments.

A grant of $5,000 from the Emergency Disaster Fund supports the work of Eden Valley Church of the Brethren, which has set up a recovery committee to address needs of tornado survivors in their county. The county is in the area affected by a set of powerful tornados that also destroyed the town of Greensburg, Kan. The funds will provide building materials for those needing assistance.

An allocation of $5,000 from the Emergency Disaster Fund goes to a CWS appeal following damaging flooding in southern India. The grant will support relief efforts of a feeding program, distribution of blankets, and school repairs.

The sum of $2,500 from the Emergency Disaster Fund responds to a CWS appeal for a child-focused campaign to benefit the families of children most affected when an arsenal of obsolete munitions exploded in Maputo, Mozambique. With more than 100 people dead and 400 injured, funds will support an estimated 60 children and their families who have been rendered disabled, or whose homes have been damaged or destroyed.

5) Brethren Disaster Ministries makes a difference in Gulf coast.

Brethren Disaster Ministries (formerly Brethren Disaster Response) is making a difference following Hurricane Katrina, reports coordinator Jane Yount. In a recent report, she released figures for the number of volunteers, work days, and homes that have been repaired or rebuilt by this program of the Church of the Brethren General Board, following the disastrous hurricane in the Gulf Coast region.

“Since Hurricane Katrina made landfall nearly two years ago, Brethren Disaster Ministries has been actively involved with longterm recovery. Putting their faith into action, volunteers are making the difference!” Yount reported.

She release the following summary of statistics for the four current repair and rebuilding sites, as of May 31: In Lucedale, Miss., 744 volunteers have given 4,577 workdays, repairing and rebuilding homes for 79 families. In Pearl River, La., 330 volunteers have donated 2,271 workdays, completing major repairs to 10 homes thus far. In McComb, Miss., 214 volunteers have served for 1,265 workdays, helping 36 families with cleanup and repairs. In Chalmette, La., 116 volunteers have shared their time and skills for 1,324 workdays, assisting 23 families in this hard-hit area.

“Our work at the two Mississippi projects has been nearly accomplished,” Yount added. “We will be shutting down the Lucedale project at the end of June and the McComb project in early August. Our warmest thanks to all for making these projects possible!”

In other disaster response news, Material Resources (formerly Service Ministries) recently made the following international shipments: two containers of health kits, toothpaste, and blankets to Bolivia for Church World Service (CWS); a shipment of 374 bales of quilts to Armenia, for Lutheran World Relief and International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC); a 40-foot container of health kits to Romania, in a cooperative shipment by CWS and IOCC; a 40-foot-high cube container holding 36,704 pounds of donated medical supplies and equipment to the Republic of Congo, for Interchurch Medical Assistance; a container of CWS blankets, baby kits, plastic jugs, and children’s kits to the Dominican Republic; four 40-foot containers of clothing, sweaters, coats, blankets, quilts, sewing kits, school kits, and health and layettes soap weighing 150,361 pounds to Niger on behalf of Lutheran World Relief; a 40-foot container to Guatemala of Lutheran health and school kits; and two 40-foot containers shipped to Peru on behalf of Lutheran World Relief.

Domestic shipments have included an airlift on behalf of CWS of 23 cartons of health kits to Montgomery, Ala., for tornado and flood survivors; 45 emergency cleanup buckets to flood and tornado survivors in Savannah, Mo., on behalf of CWS; health kits for migrant workers in Syracuse, New York; blankets and health kits shipped to Des Moines, Iowa; health kits shipped to Dubuque, Iowa; blankets and health kits for Albuquerque, N.M.; blankets sent to Pine Ridge, S.D.; and flood response shipments of health kits to Austin, Texas, health kits and cleanup buckets to Coffeyville, Kan., and school and health kits to Independence, Kan.

Donations of kits were picked up from Maine to Virginia during several weeks on behalf of Material Resources by Ken Bragg and Max Price–the trucks traveled 4,210 miles picking up 63,978 pounds of kits.

6) Brethren bits: Personnel, job opening, Caring Ministries, and more.

  • The dining services at the Brethren Service Center in New Windsor, Md., has welcomed Elena Cutsail as a summer worker. Cutsail is a high school junior, and is enrolled in the Culinary Arts program at the Carroll County (Md.) Career Center.
  • The Church of the Brethren General Board seeks a fulltime salaried staff person to fill a new position: Congregational Life Team, Intercultural Ministries. Primary responsibilities will be congregational, district, and denominational resourcing, consultation, leadership development, and networking in intercultural ministries. Other functions include planning, developing, and implementing intercultural events and training; sharing in development of work objectives based on priorities established by the General Board; serving as a bridge between the board and its staff, and districts and congregations; serving as a voice for intercultural ministries to the board; availability to consult with leaders in intercultural church planting efforts; cooperating, coordinating, and collaborating as needed in the Congregational Life Team and other work relationships. Required skills, knowledge, and experience include knowledge of Church of the Brethren heritage, theology, and polity; ability to articulate and operate out of the vision of the General Board; intercultural understanding and competency; interpersonal skills that contribute to effective work with the Congregational Life Team, congregations, and districts; computer aptitude and experience; five or more years of participation in intercultural ministries or experiences with experience developing and implementing program and the ability to build relational bridges between established and emerging groups; and ability to communicate in written and oral forms. Bilingual skills are preferred. A bachelor’s degree is required; a master’s degree in a related field is preferred. Travel across the denomination will be required. The position begins Sept. 17. The application deadline is Aug. 15. To apply, complete the General Board application form, submit a resume and letter of application, and request three references to send letters of recommendation to the Office of Human Resources, Church of the Brethren General Board, 1451 Dundee Ave., Elgin, IL 60120-1694; 800-323-8039 ext. 258; kkrog_gb@brethren.org.
  • Brethren Volunteer Service (BVS) has announced the start of its summer orientation, July 22-Aug. 10 at the Brethren Service Center in New Windsor, Md. This will be the 275th orientation unit for BVS and will consist of 16 volunteers. The unit will spend three weeks exploring project possibilities and topics of community building, peace and social justice, faith sharing, diversity training, and more. The volunteers also will have the opportunity for several work days, both in the area of New Windsor and in Baltimore, Md. A BVS potluck will be held as part of the orientation, on Saturday, July 28, at 6 p.m. at Union Bridge (Md.) Church of the Brethren. All who are interested are welcome at the potluck, to meet new BVS volunteers and to share about experiences of volunteering. For more information contact the BVS office at 800-323-8039.
  • On July 9 two summer workcamp groups were hosted at the Church of the Brethren General Offices in Elgin, Ill. One group of 28 was a joint workcamp from East Chippewa Church of the Brethren and Smithville Ashland Brethren Church in northern Ohio. A second group of 19 was one of the national youth workcamps sponsored by the Church of the Brethren General Board, with participants from across the denomination. The two groups enjoyed tours of the General Offices and the Brethren Historical Library and Archives, talked with a number of staff persons, and ate a cook-out lunch. The group of 19 also did its work project at the offices, including planting trees, cement repair work on a stone wall on the front terrace, and unloading boxes returning from the exhibit hall and the book store at the Church of the Brethren Annual Conference in Cleveland, Ohio.
  • Church of the Brethren members interested in attending the Caring Ministries Assembly sponsored by the Association of Brethren Caregivers (ABC) in September can register for the full conference at the rate of $125 until Aug. 1. After that date, the fee increases to $150. Single-day registration also is available. The Sept. 6-8 conference about “Being Family: Reality and Renewal,” will be held at Lititz (Pa.) Church of the Brethren. ABC sponsors the biennial conference for deacons, pastors, chaplains, and those interested in family life ministry. Register at www.brethren.org/abc/cma/cma_07/index.html. A video of keynote presenter David H. Jensen is available at www.brethren.org/abc/cma/cma_07/keynote.html.
  • Pipe Creek Church of the Brethren in Union Bridge, Md., is beginning planning for its 250th anniversary next year. The church invites anyone who has been part of the congregation over the year to an all-day celebration on Sept. 28, 2008. The congregation also wants to contact Brethren Volunteer Service workers who attended Pipe Creek while training or serving at the Brethren Service Center in New Windsor, Md. Contact Gertrude Robertson, 122 N. Main St., Union Bridge, MD 21791; 410-775-7357.
  • Northern Ohio District holds its 2007 district conference on July 27-29 at Ashland (Ohio) University on the theme, “Faith Is in the Following,” from Mark 10:35-45. The moderator will be Larry Bradley, pastor of Reading Church of the Brethren. The conference will include worship services led by the Senior Performing Arts Camp and the Junior Performing Arts Camp, pastor William Brown of Marvelous Light Ministries in Canton, and moderator Bradley. Business items include a recommendation to grant fellowship status to Faith in Action of Toledo, a 2008 district budget, a district leadership ballot, affirmation of Manchester College trustees, “Conversations on Being the District,” and district and denominational reports. A silent auction will benefit the Peace Endowment Fund. In response to Church World Service (CWS) appeals to replenish the supply of Gift of the Heart Kits for disaster relief around the world, the Mission and Social Action Commission and the District Disaster Coordinator are sponsoring a truck to receive donations of kits.
  • The annual Heritage Scramble Golf Tournament hosted by Middle Pennsylvania District and Camp Blue Diamond will be held on Aug. 14 at Iron Masters Country Club in Roaring Spring, Pa. Registration begins at 11:30-12:30 p.m. and start time is 1 p.m. A banquet will follow at Albright Church of the Brethren in Roaring Spring at 6:15 p.m. Cost is $60 per person and includes 18 holes, cart, dinner, and prizes. Registration deadline is Aug. 1 or until the limit of 120 golfers is met. Contact Middle Pennsylvania District at 814-643-0601 or Camp Blue Diamond at 814-667-2355.
  • Camp Bethel in Fincastle, Va., holds its 13th Annual Benefit Golf Tournament and Banquet on Aug. 22 at Botetourt Country Club. Tee off is at 12:45 p.m. with a “shotgun start.” The fee of $65 per person includes green fees, team photo, cart, and dinner at camp ($15 for dinner only). Mulligans are sold at the course for $5 each. Prizes also will be awarded. “Assemble your dream team for a day of fun on the greens while supporting the ministries of Camp Bethel,” invited the camp newsletter. For more information go to www.campbethelvirginia.org/golf.htm.
  • Camp Alexander Mack in Milford, Ind., is sponsoring two golf “fun”draisers in 2007. The first was held at Sycamore Golf Club at North Manchester, Ind., on May 12. The second is scheduled for Maxwelton Golf Course at Syracuse, Ind., on Aug. 11, with registration at 7 a.m. and a shot-gun start at 8 a.m. The event will “help us meet the increasingly large challenge of providing camper scholarships to those who would otherwise be unable to experience the sanctuary of camp. Let us work together to make a difference in the life of a child,” said the Northern Indiana District newsletter. Contact the camp office for a registration form, at 574-658-4831 or rex@campmack.org.
  • Manchester College in North Manchester, Ind., has announced that J. Bentley Peters will continue his service on the board of trustees with honorary status. Peters has served as a representative of the Church of the Brethren’s Illinois and Wisconsin District and as a trustee-at-large. He is one of two longtime board members and former chairs of the board who are returning as honorary members, along with William N. Harper of Scottsdale, Ariz. Both will serve in an ongoing advisory role, and are invited to participate in board meetings and discussions in a nonvoting capacity. Peters is a 1962 religion and philosophy graduate of the college, a retired senior vice president of Mutual Aid Exchange, and owner of a consulting company. For more go to http://www.manchester.edu/.
  • Fahrney-Keedy Home and Village, a Church of the Brethren retirement center near Boonsboro, Md., hosts its 3rd Annual Heritage Festival on Aug. 4 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. The event is free to the public. This year’s entertainment includes Classic Cars with a Disc Jockey, the 61st Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry Regiment Civil War Living History, craft vendors, a petting zoo from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., a scrap booking table, and a book signing by local author Catherine Reese. The event also will include a chicken barbeque, bake sale, fresh produce, and food vendors. For more information or to volunteer, sponsor, or participate as a vendor in the festival contact Mike Leiter, director of Marketing and Development, at 301-671-5015.
  • A new DVD resource on Sudan produced by the National Council of Churches (NCC) includes three short contemplative videos of “Prayers for Sudan” by Church of the Brethren staff member Janis Pyle, coordinator of Mission Connections for the General Board. The video from the NCC’s Program Committee on Education and Mission is titled, “Touch the World, Touch Sudan,” and contains prayers, stories, and factual updates on the situation in Sudan and the situation of Sudanese refugees. The material on the DVD may be downloaded from www.ncccusa.org/missioneducation/sudan/touch_sudan.htm. Order the DVD from the Education and Leadership Ministries Commission, 475 Riverside Dr., Suite 812, New York, NY 10115; or contact Janis Pyle at 800-323-8039.
  • The Faith and Order Commission of the National Council of Churches (NCC) is celebrating its 50th anniversary this summer with an eye on the next generation of theological leaders, according to a release. The commission has launched an online electronic journal written and edited by younger theologians and judged by senior scholars. The journal was developed by R. Keelan Downton, postdoctoral fellow with Faith and Order, in conjunction with staff, members of the commission, and colleagues from the World Council of Churches. An editorial board from a broad range of Christian traditions has been instrumental in reviewing submissions and constructing a comprehensive evaluation process. Access to the articles is free at www.ncccusa.org/faithandorder/journals/newhorizons/. The commission will celebrate its 50th anniversary at Oberlin, Ohio, from July 19-23 (www.ncccusa.org/faithandorder/oberlin2007/).
  • Gearing up for a heavier than usual influx of refugees over the next three months, Church World Service (CWS) refugee service affiliates in several states are looking to congregations for help in welcoming the newcomers, according to a recent CWS press release. For the whole US Refugee Program, that means as many as 25,000 arrivals in three months toward a fiscal year 2007 total of 50,000. For CWS, that could mean between 600 to 700 refugees arriving each month, double the monthly average so far this year. The majority will be ethnic Karen and Chin Burmese and Africans, a significant number of them “1972 Burundians.” The 1972 Burundians are refugees, primarily Hutus, who fled widespread ethnic violence in Burundi in 1972 and have been in refugee camps ever since. CWS is one of 10 agencies that work with the Department of State to resettle refugees in the US. For more information and to locate local CWS offices by state, go to www.churchworldservice.org/Immigration/index.html.
  • As the longterm recovery work continues in response to the tsunami in South Asia, Interchurch Medical Assistance (IMA) World Health has announced that it is designating its remaining donated funds to support rebuilding and rehabilitation projects. The program’s initial response provided emergency medicines and medical supplies at the request of Church World Service (CWS), Lutheran World Relief, and other disaster relief agencies. Emergency medical products are no longer needed, IMA said, but CWS continues to support reconstruction activities. The IMA program has provided $35,000 to CWS for its work, and $100,000 to Church’s Auxiliary for Social Action in India for similar rehabilitation and rebuilding projects.
  • Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) has announced a delegation to investigate and challenge use and manufacture of depleted uranium munitions. The Church of the Brethren General Board on June 30 issued a resolution against the use of depleted uranium weaponry, in partnership with the work of CPT and the World Council of Churches (see the Newsline of July 4). The delegation is scheduled for Oct. 26-Nov. 4 starting in Jonesborough, Tenn., the location of one of the main production facilities in the US. Delegates will meet with government officials and people affected by the weapons, including military veterans, hospital administrators, and plant employees. The delegation also will organize and carry out a nonviolent public witness. Delegates arrange their own transportation to Knoxville or Jonesborough, Tenn., and raise $300 to cover on-ground travel, two meals a day, simple accommodations, and honorariums and delegation fees. Delegates should have plans to share about the trip upon return to their home communities and congregations. For more information or to apply, go to http://www.cpt.org/ or contact CPT, P.O. Box 6508, Chicago, IL 60680; 773-277-0253; delegations@cpt.org. Originally a violence-reduction initiative of the historic peace churches (Church of the Brethren, Mennonite, and Quaker), CPT now enjoys support and membership from a wide range of Christian denominations.
  • Church of the Brethren members Emily Young and Melanie Blevins are among four young adults who are working this summer in the southern Sudanese community of Nimule, through the New Community Project. The team also includes Sophie Beya and Ian Christie. The Sudan Council of Churches invited the volunteers and is coordinating their work, according to project director David Radcliff. The group arrived in Sudan in early June. Their work includes teaching in six schools, providing carpentry training, strengthening a sports program for children, organizing a human rights club, and giving teacher training workshops.

7) Lead team of mission workers is named for Sudan mission.

The lead team of mission workers has been named for the Church of the Brethren’s Sudan mission initiative. The team includes Jim and Pam Hardenbrook of Caldwell, Idaho, and Matt and Kristy Messick of Salida, Colo.

Jim Hardenbrook has been pastor of Nampa (Idaho) Church of the Brethren for the past 15 years, and served as moderator of the Church of the Brethren Annual Conference in 2005. He also served as interim director of the Sudan Initiative in 2006. Pam Hardenbrook is senior content developer for Axiom Inc., a technical writing company, and has been involved with Children’s Disaster Services, a Church of the Brethren ministry serving children following disasters. The Hardenbrooks both hold bachelor’s degrees in Bible studies from Puget Sound Christian College in Everett, Wash., and Jim Hardenbrook received a master of ministry degree from Northwest Nazarene University in Nampa.

Kristy Messick holds a bachelor’s degree in international development from the University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada, and a nursing degree from the University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Matt Messick is employed as lead field engineer for Haseldon Construction Co. His bachelor’s degree was in construction engineering technology from Pennsylvania State University. The Messicks served together as teachers at the Comprehensive Secondary School in Mubi, Nigeria, which is related to Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria (EYN–the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria). They also have been mission volunteers in Nicaragua and Burkina Faso. They are the parents of Jonah, age two-and-a-half, and Micah, age one.

The two couples are in the process of securing funding, transitioning from their current employment, and being oriented for two-year placements in Sudan. They are scheduled for placement in Sudan in Jan. 2008.

The Sudan mission initiative is a new approach to mission by the Church of the Brethren General Board. It is a fully self-funded program, with all financial support coming through specified donations to the program and to the people serving as mission workers.

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Newsline is produced by Cheryl Brumbaugh-Cayford, director of news services for the Church of the Brethren General Board, cobnews@brethren.org or 800-323-8039 ext. 260. Mary Dulabaum, Vickie Johnson, Hannah Kliewer, Jon Kobel, Jeri S. Kornegay, Michael Leiter, Joan McGrath, Janis Pyle, David Radcliff, Loretta Wolf, and Jane Yount contributed to this report. Newsline appears every other Wednesday, with the next regularly scheduled Newsline set for Aug. 1. Other special issues may be sent as needed. Newsline stories may be reprinted if Newsline is cited as the source. For more Church of the Brethren news and features, subscribe to “Messenger” magazine, call 800-323-8039 ext. 247.

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