Mission Of Peace
The Williston Federated Church has sponsored three your to be participants in Missions of Peace:
Elizabeth Dubois to China
Lillian Colletta to India
Ashley Dubois to India
Ashley Dubois was an adult leader in a subsequent Mission to South Africa.
The Mission of Peace is a yearly journey of discovery and Shalom to nations in our global community. sponsored by the NortheastJurisdictional Council on Youth Ministries of the United Methodist Church. Each year, every Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church in the Northeastern Jurisdiction may select up to four youth to share in this experience. On each MOP, participants worship in churches, meet youth in churches and civic organizations and share with people who have a similar longing for peace and understanding. These times have been the high points of each MOP experience.
Those who have journeyed on the Mission of Peace give thanks to God and to all who have made it possible for us to make this journey. We pray daily for Shalom, for understanding between people, and that there may be the chance that others can journey on a Mission of Peace.
The MOP has traveled to the USSR (86-88, 90), The People’s Republic of China (89, 97, 01, 06, 11, 16), Eastern Europe (91,92), Zimba- bwe (93, 96, 99), Guyana (94), India (95, 00, 05, 10, 15), Nicaragua (98, 03, 07, 12), Brazil (02, 04), Cuba (08, 13), and South Africa (09, 14).
For more information about the Northeastern Jurisdictional Council on Youth Ministries’ Mission of Peace please click here
In 2004, the plight of ten families living in Managua, Nicaragua’s city dump changed forever. Following the pleas of a group of North American youth and God’s call to service, the families moved from their homes atop the trash heap to the fresh air and fertile land of rural Masaya. Founder Cheryl Avery believed transformation could only occur if the families were held accountable for their future. Accordingly, they each signed a contract to live in Christian community, to learn to read and write, to build their own homes, to farm the land and to attend parenting classes. With God’s help, eight families were successful! In January of 2014, they were presented with the deeds to their property.
Project Chacocente remains committed to helping the people of Nicaragua pursue educational opportunities and safe living conditions. Beyond high school, we offer scholarships to the children of the Project for continuing education and technical training. Within the coming year, we plan to work in partnership with families living near the Project to improve their homes and assure access to safe drinking water.
We believe God’s children everywhere are capable of, and entitled to, a life of self-sufficiency!
Ashley Dubois serves as a member of the Board of Directors. Williston Federated Church has had a youth mission trip to the project.
For more information on the project click here.