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Hello everyone, I hope you are enjoying your summer and the light and abundance it brings.

Annual Conference is coming up real soon in Cincinnati from July 4th till July 8th 2018.

We invite you to stop by the Global Women’s Project booth, maybe you will run into some familiar faces.

And as we are still celebrating 40 years GWP, don’t forget to check out the challenge for this month:

Tax yourself on eating ice cream… 🙂

June:  Once summer hits, lots of us, especially Brethren, turn to ice cream for cool refreshment. We want to enjoy, but also to think of ways we can share the goodness of having needs met and enough to indulge in some wants with others. Tax yourself a dollar for each ice cream (or other frozen dessert) treat you eat during June.

Stay cool and have a great summer,
Blessings and peace,
Anke
and the GWP Steering Committee

 

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Hello,

In the midst of of some spring cleaning this past week I stumbled upon two letters that I received a couple of weeks ago from women in my home congregation who served as mentors to me throughout middle school and high school. In my time knowing them both of these women have advocated unceasingly for prison justice, planted more flowers around the Church building then I can even fathom, and beat me at many games of pool. These recent letters reminded me of the wonderful love, mentorship, and fierce leadership which women provide in the Church of the Brethen by which I have been so blessed.
As GWP continues to celebrate our 40th anniversary this year, we offer you the challenge this month of making a donation in honor our physical and or spiritual Mothers and perhaps send them a letter while you are at it!
Peace and Love,
Sara White and the Global Women’s Project Steering Committee
Find instructions for donating on our website at https://globalwomensproject.wordpress.com/gifts/ or donate online at  https://churchofthebrethren.givingfuel.com/global-womens-project.

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Hello,

it seems like spring is finally arriving and I am enjoying new life in form of flowers appearing everywhere.

They make me happy, especially the blooms on my fruit trees, as they show hope and promise of a abundant harvest in the fall.

Spring also means that Mother’s Day is around the corner on May 13th, 2018.

We invite you to participate in the Mother’s Day Gratitude Project!

Honor a woman you love by supporting mothers around the world!

This is a wonderful opportunity for you to honor a woman you know and love by celebrating and supporting women around the world.

Instead of buying more material gifts for your loved one, express your gratitude with a gift that keeps on giving. Your donation allows us to fund women-led projects in India, Rwanda, South Sudan, Uganda, Nigeria, and the United States focused on women’s health, education, and employment.

In return, your chosen recipient(s) will receive a lovely, hand-written card indicating that a gift has been made in her honor, with a brief description of GWP.

To participate in the Mother’s Day Gratitude Project, mail your donation to:
Global Women’s Project
c/o Tina Rieman
508 Miami Street
North Manchester IN  46962
(write checks to GWP)
Remember to include your name(s) and recipient’s name and address. You may also make memorial donations, which will be listed on our website. Gratitude cards will be mailed in time for Mother’s Day if you send your request to Tina by May 6, 2018. After the 6th, she will mail them as soon as she receives them.

We invite you to help us spread the word about this wonderful opportunity to give a meaningful gift to a woman you love.

Peace and Love,
Anke Pietsch and the Global Women’s Steering Committee

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March E-Links

Dear Global Women’s Project Supporters,

Happy Spring!  🌷  We are glad to welcome the beginning of Spring, at least in our hemisphere.  The GWP Steering Committee met this month near Huntingdon, PA, and was grateful to get to participate in worship and Sunday Schools at Stone Church, and stay at Sara’s family’s home on a beautiful mountain.

Due to the ongoing and increasing financial support from all of you, GWP was able to provide grants to 7 different projects for 2018, including locations in Rwanda; South Sudan; Wabash, Indiana; Uganda; India; Nigeria; and Togo.

Challenges:  GWP is doing monthly challenges for our 40th anniversary year of 2018.  Our March and May challenges are similar, and we want to share them both now, so that you can plan ahead for May.

For March, you can make a donation or take an action in honor of a woman you admire for International Women’s Day.  (It was March 8, but it is never too late!)  Maybe it is Delores Huerta, or Malala Yousafzai, or Wangari Maathai who inspires you.  Or, maybe it is one of the GWP partners: Sister Stella, Esperance, Beena, Carol, Kay, or others!

For May, you are invited to honor Your Mother or a spiritual Mother or another Mother you admire with a Mother’s Day card that will be sent from Global Women’s Project on your behalf, with your donation to GWP [sent to Tina Rieman, 508 Miami St, North Manchester IN 46962].  In this way, women you know and love can be honored by building solidarity with all women!

Blessings!

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February E-Links

Tomorrow is the beginning of Lent and we are getting ready to send out our daily Lenten calendar emails!

We share this Lenten calendar as an invitation to reflect on our abundant resources and what we might ‘give up’ during Lent for the sake of others.

The calendars include scripture, information about women around the world and Global Women’s Project partner projects. There are opportunities to join in these women’s journey of empowerment with time and money.

To obtain a calendar for yourself, or several for friends, family and your congregation, contact us at cobgwp@gmail.com. We can mail a paper calendar to you, or send you one page per day by email throughout Lent. Either option is free.

Also, as part of our Global Women’s Project’s 40th Anniversary year of challenges, here is the February challenge:

February: As great as Global Women’s Project’s mission is, not everyone has heard of us. For February’s Challenge, invite 3 friends to consider trying out a luxury tax as a way to support women, and try it yourself, too! You can tag them on Facebook. Post or share what you are taxing and why.

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Dear Friends,

Happy New Year! This is a very exciting year for Global Women’s Project as we mark our 40th anniversary. We hope that you will join us as we celebrate the countless women that this organization has touched over the years. Look out for Pearl Miller’s reflection on the impact of the organization in your newsletter!

To celebrate this 40th Anniversary, we will be offering a CHALLENGE of the Month. Each challenge will be something different. We know that those of you who already know the work of Global Women’s Project love it, but we also know that there are more people out there who would want to be involved. We hope some of these challenges will be ideas you will share with others, whether it is through social media, personal conversations, email, church announcements, or other groups, we look forward to offering one each month to educate ourselves, live simply, empower women, and share resources. We know you are up to the challenge!

Challenge of the Month – January

Start the New Year off right by thinking of one woman who is at least 40 years old who inspires you and empowers you to be a force for good. Write a letter to her, make a phone call, do a Facebook post, or if she isn’t someone you can reach, write in your journal about what it is about her that inspires you, and think about ways you can show your care for women.

We can’t wait to see what you come up with!

Peace,

Global Women’s Project Steering Committee

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Dear Friends,
 
As Christmas time approaches, many of us are doing our year-end giving and our annual shopping for gifts. How do you celebrate the holidays? 
 
Please consider a gift to Global Women’s Project. It could even be in honor of the person on your list who already has more than enough material goods. You can give online here or mail a donation to GWP c/o Church of the Brethren, 1451 Dundee Ave, Elgin, IL 60120 (write check to GWP).
 

We, the Global Women’s Project Steering Committee, are putting together our annual newsletter for you all. Look for that in January! In the meantime, we share with you a special story, shared with us by Pearl Miller, a former member of the GWP steering committee.

 

Lucy’s Story

Change happens when we become aware of a need and are deeply moved to respond.  According to the  UNESCO’s Global Education Monitoring (GEM) Report, Policy Paper 21, June 2015), over 130,000,000 girls do not have a chance to go to school.  A number of GWP projects have supported programs that nurture justice and support education for girls around the world.

And change can come about through the vision and leading of a child.  Let me tell you about Lucy. She is a remarkable young girl 9 years of age, who moves forward one of Global Women’s Project’s goals in her own creative way.  After learning about Malala Yousafzai through a school report, Lucy combined her knowledge and her compassionate spirit to take action.  She created a project Coasting to Change (https://give.classy.org/CoastingtoChange) to link donors to the Malala Fund to support education for girls.

Here is the wisdom shared by Lucy in explaining her mission: “…I love learning, and I know how lucky I am to get to go to school. Everyone deserves that right. Education can change your life, your community, and our world…Education gives girls a future. There are four children in my family, and if school wasn’t available for us, I’d want someone to help us get an education.”

So far she has raised enough for the Malala Fund to help 40 girls go to school!  ($1,931 as of 12/11/17) While her coasters have sold out for the time being, her spirit of paying forward the gift of education for girls continues to inspire!  

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