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Celebrating 70 years of The Advance: God’s love at work in training leaders

March 21, 2018
For 70 years, The Advance has been a vital means through which United Methodists and their predecessors have shared the love of God throughout the world. Today, The Advance supports more than 300 missionaries and more than 600 projects. 

Some of the work supported by The Advance is highly innovative and forward-looking, from malaria eradication to disaster-risk reduction to social-justice initiatives. But The Advance also supports the equally vital and fundamental work of providing theological training for local church leaders around the globe.

Young Seon "Christina" Kim (Advance #3021957) serves as a Global Ministries missionary in Tanzania and directs Next Generation Ministries (Advance #3022281). Her Bible seminars equip United Methodist leaders throughout Tanzania to provide faithful teaching to their congregations, including five churches in the Nyarangusu camp for refugees fleeing civil war in the Congo. 

Kim writes, “I love to listen to young people reading the Bible together. How beautiful. In the Nyarugusu camp seminar, each church was supposed to send five young leaders for the seminar, for a total of 25. But I ended up having 50, with additional pastors and some women and children. … ‘Life is fragile, but God is with us.’ This is the testimony from the congregations in the Nyarugusu refugee camp that I take with me.” You can read more about her work here

The areas of impact for Advance projects are comprehensive, touching on the whole human experience:
  • Disaster Response & Recovery
  • Economic Empowerment
  • Education
  • Evangelism and Church Growth
  • Food & Agriculture
  • Health
  • Migration
  • Mission Personnel
  • Social Justice
  • Water & Sanitation
  • Women & Children
Seventy years of The Advance. Seventy years of God’s love at work. That’s a lot to celebrate. Would you please join the celebration by giving $70 or $700 or $7,000 to The Advance? Go to UMCmission.org/give to select the projects or missionaries you would like to support. One hundred percent of your gift will go to the destination you specify.