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Title: International Initiatives


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International Initiatives
  • Changing the World, One Soul at a Time

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Close your eyes and point to any location on a
map . . .
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Doubtless any country you picked would be filled
to the brim with lost souls awaiting the comfort
of a Savior whose name . . .
no one has mentioned.
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Do you want to change the world?
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Change happens, one soul at a time, when someone
like you takes the initiative to unveil the
mystery of the ages.
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What Its About . . .
You can do that through International
Initiatives, a ministry that provides men and
women with the opportunity to be a part of
international missions.
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Defining Its Purpose . . .
International Initiatives is designed to address
issues affecting women and children through
international partnerships.
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How It All Began . . .
International Initiatives was created by Evelyn
Tully. She helped to develop a strategy, which
included
? Several 3-year partnerships ? Focusing on
social issues that affect women and children
In 2003, Jean Cullen came on to coordinate this
new ministry.
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Recent Partnerships
Moldova
Croatia
Winter Olympics
Sri Lanka
Paris
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How Its Supported . . .
The International Initiatives Fund began as a way
to provide funding for International Initiatives
partnerships. The International Initiatives Fund
is another tangible way to lend support to
International Initiatives.
? Since its inception, the International
Initiatives Fund has raised
74,112.51
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What Weve Given Out . . .
Total Distributed 41,417.74
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Moldova
Social IssueSex Trafficking
?Forty to fifty Moldovan women and girls are sold
into sex-slavery every day.
?From 20002004, over 1,300 victims have been
identified. Of those identified, 30 percent were
under the age of 18.
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Moldova
Meeting the Need
The Moldovan partnership focuses on the
development of GA and Acteens. These provide
forums for girls to learn about Gods call on
their lives and to reach out to others, including
orphans and disabled people.
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Moldova
Meeting the Need
Natasha Turlac, faith missionary to Moldova, is
using education to fight the sex-trafficking
industry.
Olga Mocan is president of the Moldovan Womens
Ministry and has been an instrumental piece of
our partnership with Moldova.
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Moldova
Meeting the NeedPrayer
? Pray for education to be a release mechanism
from the shackles of sex-slavery. ? Pray for
upcoming leadersfor their growth, spiritual
maturity, and strength to step into leadership
roles. ?P ray for Natasha and Oleg Turlac,
missionaries who continue to bring hope to this
part of the world.
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Croatia
Social IssueRestorative Justice/Forgiveness
In the 1990s, the Croatian people turned on each
other with hatred and violence, resulting in a
war that tore the country apart. Villages exist
where the men are all dead or maimed from the
fighting, and farming is not possible. Many women
in Croatia lost family members and are unable to
properly care for remaining family members.
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Croatia
Missionaries in Croatia are focused on
community development. They do this through
ProjectMOST, a ministry of International
Initiatives that provides animals such as sheep
or goats.
The recipient receives the immediate benefits of
the animal and learns how to manage a farm. In
this way, Croatian men and women learn to be
self-sufficient.
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Croatia
At the end of the day, though, our work is
ultimately not about improving business anymore
than it is improving farms. However, these become
tools by which we have a relevant purpose and
place in the lives of the people of Dalmatia.
They can understand why we are here, and they can
see that we are different, and they can come to
understand that the difference is Christ.
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Croatia
Social IssueIntolerance/War
Part of the partnership with Croatia is working
on a national level to mobilize and organize
women in this country. Women see an entire
generation growing up who are angry with each
other and intolerant, based on their experiences
of the war. They want to find a way to reach out
to their churches and communities.
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Paris
Social IssuesDiscrimination/Poverty/Violence
The Paris partnership focuses on Muslims who are
isolated, poor, and angry. The area adopted by
WMU is an inner-city type environment where
Taliban- trained men terrorize city-dwellers.
Muslim girls are also being sodomized by Muslim
boys who have started gangs.
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Paris
Understanding the Situation
? Over 1 million Muslims live and work in greater
Paris ? Thats more than practicing Protestants
and Catholics combined ? Paris is considered a
gateway city to spread Christian influence
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Paris
Meeting the Need
International Initiatives volunteers provide
life-skills classes in dress/appearance,
self-defense, and aerobics. Missionaries
explained that the dress/appearance class was a
turning point for them. The women really
communicated, which opened the door for
missionaries to share through chronological Bible
storying.
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Paris
Meeting the Need
? Pray for continued relationships with Muslim
women, and the effect of those relationships on
the extended family
? Pray for the success of self-defense classes
that have already been provided through
International Initiatives
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Sri Lanka
Social IssuePoverty/National Disasters
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Sri Lanka
Meeting the Need
The partnership with Sri Lanka is all about
tsunami recovery. After the devastation of the
December 2004 tsunami, homes were destroyed and
families were separated.
Despite the devastation, doors have been opened
to share the gospel. The partnership with Sri
Lanka is just one example of Gods grace in the
midst of this overwhelming tragedy.
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Winter Olympics
Social IssueEvangelism
The 2006 Winter Olympics were held in Torino,
Italy. A WMU team comprised of 11 women, ranging
in ages 18 to 69, partnered with More Than Gold
volunteers from around the world to share Christ.
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Winter Olympics
What They Did
? Face Painting ? Balloon Art ? Pin Trading
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Winter Olympics
Hundreds of pins and balloons were given out,
each with a word or a presentation about
something worth more than goldknowing Gods
love through His Son, Jesus Christ. Often, after
sharing a booklet, the recipient would want to
know more about knowing Christ. Team members are
praying that many seeds that were planted will
result in transformation of lives around the
world. --Andrea Mullins, WMU Winter Olympics
Team member
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Bringing It Full Circle . . .
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We need you to make a difference!
BE a part of International Initiatives.
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Close your eyes and imagine . . .
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A Muslim woman in Paris breaking the shackles of
false religion . . .
Healing for the war-torn country of Croatia, and
a paradigm for Christs forgiveness displayed in
a Christ follower . . .
Education to prevent Moldovan women and girls
from being one of the 40 to 50 who are sold into
sex-slavery every day . . .
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To Get Involved
  • Review volunteer opportunities at our Web site at
    www.wmu.com/VolunteerConnection.
  • Contact us at international_at_wmu.org.
  • Call at 205-991-4096.

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Your gift to the International Initiatives Fund
brings each of these scenarios one step closer to
becoming a reality.
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Send your gift to WMU Foundation International
Initiatives Fund P. O. Box 11346 Birmingham, AL
35202-1346
Or call toll-free 1-877-482-4483
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