Dates: July 18-26, 2017
Cost: $3,285.00. Includes estimated airfare, accommodations, meals and in-country travel.
"I have heard their cry… indeed, I know their sufferings, and I have come down to deliver them and to bring them up out of that land to a good and broad land, a land flowing with milk and honey." – Exodus 3:7-10
Come with us to Mozambique, where United Methodist Women members eagerly await our arrival!
In 1990, the Igreja Methodista Unida em Mocambique observed the 100th anniversary of the beginning of their church work in Mozambique. The theme of the celebration was "One hundred years of preaching the Gospel and witnessing through words and deeds without ceasing."
Since the year 2000, the church spans the whole country, divided into North and South Conferences. It has tripled in size in the last 13 years, currently counting some 150,000 members. In 2008, Bishop Joaquina Nhanala was elected the first female United Methodist Bishop in Africa!
The church and especially the women are working tirelessly! You must be a part of this Ubuntu Journey to meet and know these amazing women!
- Actively experience the exciting worldwide network of United Methodist Women.
- Discuss issues and concerns of United Methodist Women in Mozambique and the U.S.
- Develop and participate in activities United Methodist Women members can use for facilitating the reduction of low esteem of women and children.
- Identify areas and discuss methods United Methodist Women members can utilize in ministering to vulnerable and voiceless women.
- Engage in Bible study based on identified needs of the group.
Sandy Rowland Binotto, U.S. Team Leader, Ubuntu Journey Mozambique 2017
Sandy attends First Romney United Methodist Church in Augusta, West Virginia. She has been involved in United Methodist Volunteers in Mission (UMVIM) for some time, taking her very first UMVIM trip to Nigeria, West Africa, for a month. Since then she has lead and joined over 75 UMVIM trips, seven of them to two countries in Africa: Nigeria and Kenya. She has been an individual volunteer in Bosnia and Puerto Rico. Both, she says, "were wonderful life-changing experiences." She currently holds the position of the West Virginia Conference Volunteer in Mission Coordinator of The United Methodist Church, which she loves.
Sandy has a passion and heart for people, especially those who are hurting and have lost all hope. She loves to witness those who join mission opportunities as their eyes and hearts are opened to see new things, and to watch them blossom as Christ works in their hearts to serve. In her downtime she likes to sing and share with her husband, Paul, who plays guitar wherever they are invited. She also likes to garden, sew, create things in her workshop and spend time with her four grandchildren.
Victoria Armando Chifeche, Co-Hostess Team Leader, Ubuntu Journey Mozambique 2017
Victoria holds a Bachelor of Divinity degree from Africa University, School of Theology, in Zimbabwe (2003-2006) and a Masters of Theology from South African Theological Seminary (2007-2011), with expertise in Children's Ministry.
She works at the Mozambique United Methodist Church South Conference office as the United Methodist Women's coordinator. Here she coordinates care of orphaned and vulnerable children; displaced widows rejected from their homes, helping to provide shelter and a means of living for them; and education for children and girls who have dropped out of schools. Victoria says, "Above all I have compassion for women and children. I strive to uplift children whose lives are vulnerable so that in the future they can become good citizens in society." Victoria is fluent in Portuguese, English and other languages spoken south of Mozambique.
Alzira Isaac, Co-Hostess Team Leader, Ubuntu Journey Mozambique 2017
Alzira is the coordinator of United Methodist Women for Mozambique, United Methodist Church North Conference. She will co-host the Ubuntu Journey to Mozambique and will bring five representatives from United Methodist Women North Conference to join the Ubuntu Journey held in Maputo. They are truly excited about this opportunity and look forward to meeting the U.S. and South Conference United Methodist Women members!
For additional information contact team leader Sandy Binotto at Yashe4jc@hotmail.com or (304) 839-1505.