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Staff Report on Young Generation Global Mission Series Vol.1

This year, we were forced to withhold various domestic and global trainings and work camps due to the spread of the Covid-19 infection.
In March to April 2020, we were hoping that we would be able to hold trainings and work camps in August or September, but we eventually had to cancel everything planned in the fiscal year 2020.

We knew it would not be a complete replacement for the planned trainings and work camps, we have decided to newly plan and hold online seminars and began preparations, starting with sending questionnaires to the past participants to the Wesley Foundation’s seminars and registered participants to the new programs. They showed a great enthusiasm in participating in seminars on various social justice issues and reunions. We then decided to hold a new series of online seminars, “Young Generation Global Mission Series”, and held the first seminar on Friday, November 20 from 19:00 to 20:45.

We invited Ms. Yu Rong as our guest speaker, who is a global mission fellow of the United Methodist Church, serving at Asian Rural Institute in Nasu-Shiobara in Tochigi Prefecture as a part of the Global Mission Fellow Program, a long-term mission program in the Generation Transformation Program of the General Board of Global Ministries of the United Methodist Church, targeted at the young generation Christians.
We recorded an interview film and showed it online. She shared the reason for applying for the Global Mission Fellow Program, the activities of the program, the present life at Asian Rural Institute, and Christian life in Taiwan. There were only nine participants, but maybe because of the small size of the participants, many questions were asked, and they seemed to have participated very actively.

When we hear the word ‘Ministry’, we seldom think of telling the Bible and Christian stories to others, but the mission activities of the Global Mission Fellow Program indicate ‘Ministry’ as the social activities that a person should dedicate oneself to, using one’s talents (experiences and skills) as a Christian. Of course, Christian faith is necessary, but the interest in social justice issues and a will to wrestle with the issues are equally important.

The Wesley Zaidan is also an official application reception organization of the Global Mission Fellow, a long-term mission program of the General Board of Global Ministries of the United Methodist Church. Anyone interested in the program is welcome to send a message to the address below.

Contact: program@wesley.or.jp

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