Thursday, February 9, 2012

A Prayerful Guide



Levi Bautista, Assistant General Secretary for United Nations and International Affairs, General Board of Church and Society of The United Methodist Church, and a native of The Philippines, joined us at the pre-General Conference briefing in Manila. In addition to the presentations he made at the briefing, Levi also spoke at a symposium and book signing at Philippine Christian University. Additional speakers included Rev. Fr. Rex R.B. Reyes, General Secretary, National Council of Churches, and Norma P. Dollaga (KASIMBAYAN). Cooky Chua provided musical entertainment.

The book, “Meditations and Devotions on the Millennium Development Goals: A Prayerful Guide,” was written by Levi and 150 contributing writers, many who were present for the event. Commentaries and devotions are offered on each of the Millennium Development Goals, adopted by the United Nations at the 2000 Millennium Summit, which include: Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger; Achieve universal primary education; Promote gender equality and empower women; Reduce child mortality; Improve maternal health; Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases; Ensure environmental sustainability; Develop a global partnership for development.

The book is available for purchase at www.umc-gbcs.org for $7.95. Proceeds benefit Imagine No Malaria and UM Global AIDS Fund. Sales of the book at the event also went to assist communities affected by Typhoon Sendong in The Philippines.

I was grateful to be in attendance at this event and meet many new friends from the Christian community in Manila. And I’m grateful to Levi and the many contributors for challenging people of faith to turn these prayerful meditations into deeds of healing, hope and justice.

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