Here's your June 2014 issue of Shalom eNews

Systemic and Sustainable Transformation

Sustainable transformation requires systemic engagement and structural change.
Rather than a quick fix or short‐term programs focused on immediate needs, sustainable transformation is the long ‐term improvement in community life — social, structural, and systemic changes that last.
Nine new Shalomers were commissioned this month

On Pentecost Sunday 2014, at Epworth United Methodist Church in Berkeley, national trainers Fred Smith and Michael Christensen commissioned nine new Ministers of Shalom.

“One of the distinctive qualities of this shalom team, is the array of professional competencies and community development experience on this team.”

Indeed six of the nine members of the Berkeley/Oakland Shalom Team traveled with Dr. Christensen last January to Uganda to help him and Pastor Moses train over 100 Muslim and Christian coffee farmers in Jinja in the principles and strategies of SHALOM.

The Work of Gallatin Shalom Zone

By transforming the former Union High School, which the Sumner County Board of Education deeded in 2004, Gallatin Shalom Zone is in position to partner with residents and other organizations to uplift lives and revitalize the community. Galvanizing leaders of diverse backgrounds, Gallatin Shalom Zone brings people together to stimulate community transformation.

HIV/AIDS Mitigation project in Uganda

I am glad to let you know that the HIV/AIDS youth intervention project in May was very successful. It was a great moment for the youth of Uganda and the community at large.  We had a total of 1874 youths participate in this project
The 1st day we had 304 youths who tested their blood and thirteen were found positive according to Dr Johns report.

Let There Be Light

By Micheal Christensen,
How and when did God make the light of the moon and sun, stars and planets? I wonder how God did it. I’m in awe of the One who is the light of the world, yet hidden from our sight, which reveals the truth in the darkness, and yet lives in inaccessible light. Contemplating the Cosmos serves to put my petty worries in perspective.
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