Global Companions Commission Report 2018

Our Baptismal covenant calls us to “seek and serve Christ in all persons” as well as to “strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being”. The Global Companions commission celebrates and supports individuals, congregations, and communities with in the Diocese of California as they engage in mutual ministry and partnership with other individuals, churches and organizations locally, nationally and internationally to rise up and empower the marginalized and underserved people of God.

The GCC meets by conference call and occasional celebration dinners. Again, this year we made the decision to award grants of $400 each from our $2500 budget to those submitting grant requests. Grant recipients at the time of this report: 1. Dani Gabriel, School for Deacons student for assistance with Spanish language study. 2. Midwives on Missions of Service (MOMS). – MOMS is a 501(c)( 3) teaching Maternity Care to women in selected clinics  in Sierra Leon. They also act as advocates for woman and girls in their communities and teach healthy living – sanitation, infection control and nutrition.3. Friends of Ruwenzori Foundation (FORF)- FORF is a 501(c )(3) Bay Area charity that partners with Kitojo Integrated Development Association(KIDA), a non- governmental organization located in a rural area of Western Uganda. Their mission is to reduce preventable deaths and foster healthy living among the people living in the foothills of the Ruwenzori Mountains. FORF gives financial support to health education and empowerment programs for the poor and HIV- infected, operated by KIDA which runs a small general hospital, an AIDS clinic, a vocational school, counseling, and outreach programs in disease prevention.and some aid in the form of school fees and supplies to vulnerable children.

The GCC also has a Custodial fund composed of occasional donation and funds remaining from the Companion Diocese Commission.

The GCC is a member of the Global Episcopal Mission network (GEMN). We make an annual donation to this group and are a “GEMN” diocese. GEMN exists to equip and encourage Episcopalians to participate and be transformed through God’s mission in cross-cultural and international contexts. GEMN sponsors an annual Global Mission Conference for mission activists from around the world. The 2019 conference will be held in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic April 3-5. Save the dates and plan to join us (GEMN.ORG). Proclaim, Inspire, Ignite the Joy of God’s Mission.

— Mary Louise Gotthold, globetrottinglady@sbcglobal.net and Melissa Ridlon, m.ridlon@comcast.net

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