UMC Approves Agricultural Grant Disbursements

Source: United Methodist Church

During its spring meeting, the United Methodist Church Board of Global Ministries approved more than $13 million in grants. Among the grants awarded was a $3.5 million to help launch an initiative to make The United Methodist Church in Africa self-sufficient through a social entrepreneurial agribusiness. 

Other awards included $1.7 million to hospitals and clinics working to improve the health of communities through better infrastructure, training, medicines and medical supplies.

President of the Board of Global Ministries, Bishop Hee-Soo Jung of the Wisconsin Conference stressed the long view of the agency’s work. He remarked, “The kingdom is … beyond our vision,” he said. “We accomplish in a lifetime only a tiny fraction of the magnificent enterprise.” 

“We may never see the end results,” Jung said. “But that is the difference between the master builder and the worker. We are workers, not master builders.”

The Bishop Yambasu Agricultural Initiative, which was launched by Global Ministries in 2018 and renamed in honor of Bishop John K. Yambasu after tragic death in August 2020 from an automobile accident in Sierra Leone, received $3.5 million.

The funds will be used to scale up production and allow them to bring bulk goods to market.

“I think this is a really worthwhile cause,” said Roland Fernandes, top executive at Global Ministries. “And I think we’ve had great support from the episcopal areas in Africa for it.”

Another $2 million was approved for annual conferences in central Africa to establish administrative infrastructure capacities to support the work of the ministry.

More than $1.7 million in smaller grants were also approved to support global health efforts around the world. These grants include nearly $627,000 to fund the Imagine No Malaria campaign in Zimbabwe, Angola, Burundi, Nigeria and Congo and $955,000 to strengthen health care in Sierra Leone, Haiti, Burundi, Nigeria and Congo.

Source: United Methodist News