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UMs ‘teach the world to sing’

A feeding ministry truck with volunteers standing in front

The Michigan Conference Board of Global Ministries introduces a new web page that features stories of how Michigan United Methodists are engaged in mission.

Michigan Conference Communications

Charles Wesley did not write it, but it’s a song that captures the Methodist spirit. “I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing” began as a jingle written by two Brits. It was then rewritten for The Coca-Cola Company’s classic 1971 ad campaign, “Buy the World a Coke.” The song was rerecorded in both the U.S. and the U.K. (without reference to any brand-name beverage) and became a hit on both sides of the Atlantic.

“I’d like to build the world a home, and furnish it with love.” Great song lyrics, but an even greater call to action for peace and justice. And that’s where United Methodists come in. The General Board of Global Ministries and the Michigan Conference give United Methodists—individuals and congregations—opportunities to take Christ’s love around the world. We can “hold the world in our arms” in tangible ways through support of Ministry Partners right next door or thousands of miles away.

EngageMI is the name of the program that helps Michigan UMs learn, give, and act in ways that transform and heal. EngageMI stories appear regularly in MIconnect and MIfaith, the e-newsletters of the Michigan Conference. However, these stories are now being collected and presented on a new web page managed by the Michigan Conference Board of Global Ministries.

Mission Stories features the most recent articles about exciting engagement with Ministry Partners. It is organized by the Six Steps of EngageMI. Older stories are accessible by a link to an archive page. The page will refresh as new stories are reported. Visit that page today and learn how . . .

    1. Ministry Shares “furnish love” in the Upper Peninsula through God’s Country Cooperative Parish.
    2. An agency called After the Storm rebuilds lives and homes following disasters here in Michigan.
    3. Working with the Society of St. Andrew helps feed hungry neighbors.
    4. Haitian Assets for Peace International is developing new programs that build self-reliance.
    5. Two United Methodist missionaries are improving the health of people in Nepal.
    6. You are never too young or too old to provide hope through gifts to UMCOR.

The network known as the “United Methodist Connection” provides the “perfect harmony” needed to make mission happen around the globe.

EngageMI is a connectional tool that can be used in many life-changing ways. It’s the real thing.

Last Updated on April 4, 2023

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