Year: 2017

MDR Update: December 15, 2017

The BWM continues its disaster response work through the Moravian Disaster Response (MDR) program. Currently, the BWM has scheduled work crews to assist with the homes of members of the Good Shepherd Moravian Church (actually a Unity of the Brethren church made up of members with Moravian roots) in Port Arthur, Texas. Work crews began […]

MDR Update: November 10, 2017

Please CLICK HERE to return to the general update page. The BWM cannot fully express our extreme gratitude to our congregations and individual donors who have responded so generously following the awful string of disaster through the late summer and early fall of this year.

Justin Rabbach Named New Executive Director of the BWM

The Board of World Mission of the Moravian Church North America is pleased to announce that Justin Rabbach has been named the Board’s new Executive Director. He will continue the work of the Rev. Judy Ganz, who is retiring at the end of 2017. Justin currently serves as the director of Mission Engagement, a position he […]

BWM Staff Profile Series: Sam

Meet, Sam Gray!  Hometown: Clemmons, NC (right now!) Home Church: Come & Worship BWM Position: Director of Intercultural Ministries and New Work I am the “connection” for the BWM with our Mission Areas and Mission Provinces and try to raise awareness of and involvement in that work within our congregations. I also help people to see […]

MDR Update: September 27, 2017

Please CLICK HERE to return to the general update page. The BWM continues to receive generous donations to help us respond in light of the myriad of disasters in the last several weeks. Below is an update regarding the current status of our response.

Harvey/Irma Updates from the Board of World Mission

September 14, 2017 Harvey / Irma Updates from the Board of World Mission BWM has been receiving generous donations for Moravian Disaster Response (MDR) and has begun the process of disbursing funds to Texas (Port Arthur and other Texas Brethren churches) and the Eastern West Indies Province (St. Thomas, St. Croix, St. John, St. Maarten, […]

MDR Update: September 9, 2017

September 9, 2017 Update Click here to go back to the general update page. Click here to view the version of this updated emailed to congregations. There is quite a lot happening at MDR. We are doing our best to monitor situations on several fronts. The update below will focus on the reports coming into […]

MDR Update: September 7, 2017

SCROLL TO THE BOTTOM FOR ADDITIONAL RESOURCES Please find below an update on the current response of MDR as we monitor the beginning stages of recovery in Texas from Harvey, the anticipation of further damage from Hurricane Irma, and listen to the potential impact of Hurricanes Jose and Katia close behind.

BWM Staff Profile Series: Jill

Meet, Jill Kolodziej! Hometown: Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin Home Church: Sturgeon Bay Moravian BWM Position: Director of Antioch  As Director I coordinate cross culture volunteer opportunities between Antioch volunteers and site hosts who have invited the BWM to join in their work and ministries. How many years in this position: I have served as the Director […]

BWM Staff Profile Series: Deb

Meet, Deb Swanson!  Hometown: Bethlehem, PA Home Church: Edgeboro Moravian Church, Bethlehem, PA BWM Position: Administrative Assistant   I am the administrative assistant for Judy and the BWM staff.  I handle all incoming donations, acknowledgements, filing, organizing and re-organizing, meeting planning and coordinating, and any other surprises that may come my way! How many years in […]

BWM Staff Profile Series: Brother Rex

Meet, Reginald Knowlton! Hometown: Cinnaminson, NJ Home Church: Palmyra Moravian BWM Position: Treasurer My job is to do the accounting for the BWM.  A unique feature is sending wires each month to various mission locations. As Treasurer I get to keep the books, assure the funds are tracked appropriately and along with Sister Judy distribute wires […]

BWM Staff Profile Series: Judy

Meet, Judy Ganz! From: Madison, Wisconsin  Currently based: Bethlehem, Pennsylvania BWM Position: Executive Director (#bosslady) Personal Explanation of Position: I have the privilege of helping to guide the mission of our church and working with our global partners in the service of our Lord.  Pretty fortunate. Fun Facts About Mission Work: I have learned to […]

BWM Staff Profile Series: Justin

Meet, Justin Rabbach!  Hometown: Waukesha, Wisconsin Home Church: Ebenezer Moravian Church BWM Position: Director of Mission Engagement Est. 2014 If you want to be engaged in mission (serve, pray, give, etc) then we should talk. It is my job to help individuals and congregations notice God at work, discern their call, and put it into […]

Clínica Evangélica Morava Featured in USA Today

The USA Today published an article contributed by Rick Nelson, the interim director and a consultant with the Honduran Moravian Church and Alas de Socorro, a missionary air service. The article highlights the importance of the Clínica Evangélica Morava to the predominantly Mískito population it serves. The clinic has served these people for over 70 years, having just celebrated its […]

Help Support the BWM with Amazon Smile

What is Amazon Smile? Have you heard of the program AmazonSmile? AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support your favorite charitable organization every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at smile.amazon.com, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the […]

Mission at Home: Assemble Refugee Welcome Kits

Assemble Refugee Welcome Kits at your Congregation As conflicts continue around the globe, there is increasing need for a global response to the refugee crisis. The greatest focus at this time is often placed on the Syrian refugees entering Eastern Europe. In addition to Syria, there are refugees seeking refuge from Iraq, Darfur, Sudan, Democratic […]

2016 Unity Resolution Concerning Refugees

What do Moravians say about refugees? Tuesday, June 20th is National Refugee Day. On this day, we may ask the question: what do Moravians say about refugees? In 2016 the Unity Synod of our worldwide Moravian Church met in Montego Bay, Jamaica, Aug. 12-20, 2016 and passed a resolution concerning refugees. About 70 delegates from 26 Unity […]

ARMF’s Involvement in the Moravian Church in Cuba

A Mission Story from Joe Jarvis, President/Founder of the Armando Rusindo Mission Foundation (ARMF) Many of you know my story of how my heart was touched the first time I visited Cuba to attend their first Moravian Conference back in 2013. When I returned, I decided to form a foundation to support our brothers and […]

Share our Story: Experiences with Ray of Hope in Kenya

Our next Share Our Stories post features Rev. Cynthia Williams and her experiences serving with the Ray of Hope ministry in Kenya.  –  Can you tell us a little about your background? I grew up in Elizabeth City, NC and was raised Southern Baptist. My home church is First Baptist Church in Elizabeth City. I was always interested […]

From Beyond Borders- A Raiford Family Update

The BWM received the message below from the family of Phil Raiford, a missionary partner serving in Mexico. After sending out the urgent call for prayer regarding gun violence in his community, this information follows up on that request and gives the sad details of this ongoing situation. We ask that you pray for Phil […]

Missionary Caroline Woo Passes

Mrs. Caroline Leinbach Woo, 45, went to be with the Lord in her new home in Winston-Salem on Wednesday, May 17, 2017. She was born on September 5, 1971 to William Leinbach and Rita Castleberry Leinbach in Winston-Salem, NC. She graduated from Wiley Middle, RJ Reynolds HS, and NC State. She participated in numerous intramural […]

Louisiana Flooding

The Board of World Mission is partnering with the Fuller Center Disaster Responders to assist flooding victims in Louisiana and Mississippi. You may click here to visit their website. Copied below is information from their program, and additional details about getting connected and involved. Engage in Home Rebuilding Efforts Location:Walker and Denham Springs, LA Dates: On going […]

Home is where the heart is…

Emma LaBella is 17 and a senior at Salem Academy. In January she travelled far away from her home in Winston-Salem to Lima, Peru. She found herself among people of a different culture and country who spoke a different language and worshiped in a different style… lots of differences. Emma was there to build relationships […]

Missionary Nora Adam Passes

With hope in the resurrection, I share with you that Sr. Nora Adam, widow of Br. Lorenz Adam, passed away this morning, January 28 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, as a result of an aortic tear in her heart. The Adams served together both in the mission field and in congregations in the Northern Province. Nora and Lorenz served […]

Pray for Juquila and Peace

The BWM received the message below from the family of Phil Raiford, a missionary partner serving in Mexico. After sending out the urgent call for prayer regarding gun violence in his community, this information follows up on that request and gives the sad details of this ongoing situation. We ask that you pray for Phil […]

Unrest in San Juan Juquila, Mexico

  Kelly Raiford, mother of Phil Railford, asks for prayers for the safety of her son (Phil), her pregnant daughter-in-law (Eunice) and grandson (Ian). Phil’s village in Mexico has been under attack resulting in the death of at least one person.  At this time, she is not sure what the reason for the unrest and will be […]

Dr. John Gilliland Passes in Nicaragua

It is fitting that as we celebrated the revelation of Christ among us on epiphany, Dr. John Gilliland went to be with his Lord.  Dr. Gilliland served in Nicaragua and then spent four years at the Ahuas Clinic in Honduras.  His whole life has been committed to this mission as he frequently sent support and […]

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