First Christian Church
Tuesday, July 17, 2018
Disciples of Christ in Dexter, Missouri
July 11, 2018
Disciples Women sustain Indian sewing program
Submitted by Disciples Women
While on the Woman-to-Woman Worldwide Journey to India, the Disciples Women delegation had the opportunity to visit Global Ministries partners in Durgapur, Malda, Kolkata, and Delhi. The work already being done there is amazing and life-giving and the women of the delegation wanted to make sure that it continues and expands.
Those who were in the delegation have been sharing their stories and experiences far and wide. We are inviting support for a couple of ongoing healthy projects in Durgapur and Delhi. One of the smaller projects that was particularly inspiring was the group of women in Delhi who bought ten sewing machines with the plan of training 10 women to sew to make a living for them and their families. They began their project but discovered they did not have the funds to continue.
They learned from this first attempt that to be a sustainable business they would need to have enough funds to pay the ten women for three months while they were learning to sew, then for an additional three months while they got their business up and running and sustainable. They already have a market for their work. Before they can begin again they wanted to make sure they had enough to pay the women throughout the first six months to ensure their success.
NBA to open 2018 applications for Mission and Ministry grant program
The National Benevolent Association will soon begin receiving applications for Disciples congregations and health and social service ministries interested in applying for an NBA Mission and Ministry Grant. 
NBA Mission and Ministry Grants
NBA Mission and Ministry Grants are designated for “Educational Purposes for At-Risk Children and Youth” between the ages of 10-25 years, and for “Older Adult Ministries” serving those who are 50 years old and above.
NBA Grant Categories and Amounts
In July, the NBA will begin accepting applications for grants in these categories and amounts:
  • Catalyst Grants ($1,000 - $5,000): These are startup funds to get projects up and running and/or to expand an existing project to a new area/initiative. 
  • Innovation Grants ($6,000 - $15,000): These funds should help move an established project to a new level of effectiveness and impact. Organizations should clearly explain how these funds will help accomplish this.
  • Impact Grants ($20,000+): These funds should be used for major leaps in project areas with a proven plan for how these will move the organization to a new level of sustainability and impact. 
Application Process
Our grants are available for Disciples congregations and health and social service ministries. Projects must have a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status.
The application will be available online in early July, and all completed applications are due by September 14, 2018. Applicants will be notified by November 15, and funds will be distributed by December for use in 2019. Email further questions to


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Applications are being accepted to serve on the General Youth Council 
If you are a youth who is interested in serving on the General Youth Council, now is your chance! Applications are being accepted from now through August 31, 2018 for terms beginning January 1st, 2019 and ending December 31st, 2020.
A word from Southwest Good Samaritan Ministries
Southwest Good Samaritan Ministries is located in Los Fresnos, TX, in the Rio Grande Valley and has served the needs of migrants, immigrants and refugees for three decades.
Abridged from a July letter by Rev. Feliberto Pereira, founder and executive director
 “For the last 35 years most of the people we serve have come fleeing for their lives. I myself was a political prisoner of Fidel Castro in Cuba. I suffered the conditions of torture on my mind, body and spirit. I can tell quickly if someone is a real survivor or telling me a “make-believe” story. …
“We hope you will be in prayer for our staff, volunteers and all those who are in detention or being released over the next weeks. Especially pray for the healing of the children and their caretakers.
“When the situation improves, it will not go away completely. The children and families will need to be reunited. … They will need to rejoin each other and travel to friends, family and newly assigned immigration courts across the U.S. … If they are lucky, someone calls us and we are there to pick them up, provide food, clothes, spiritual care, housing (if needed), and put them on the right buses with tickets.
“We know from long experience that communication with family, medical and mental health care, and safe transportation and food along the way are all areas of need.”
Southwest Good Samaritan Ministries is a benevolent institution relating to the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) through the Southwest region.
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