Many United Brethren people have taken the Perspectives course, which is a ministry of the US Center for World Mission. This course trains and mentors Christ followers to expand their worldview, promote hope, and unite the global body of Christ making disciples of the nations. Whether you intend to serve as a “goer” or a “sender,” the training is essential for understanding the work of the Great Commission.

Since 1974, more than 80,000 believers in North America and 20,000 more around the world have taken the Perspectives on the World Christian Movement course. Each year, about 200 classes are hosted in churches and community centers around the country. In fact, Global Ministries recently donated $2000 from your Thank Offering Funds toward the translation of Perspectives into Spanish. The first group to complete the program was from San Jose, Costa Rica.

In 15 lessons, you’ll engage with a range of dynamic speakers. Weekly readings and study will help you dig even deeper. The program can be taken at an audit, undergraduate, or graduate level. Here are some sessions that may be located near you in 2013:

Altoona: Jan 7 – Apr 29
Clarion: Jan 13 – May 5
Cranberry Twp: Jan 12 – May 4
Lancaster: Jan 8 – Apr 30
Mechanicsburg: Jan 17 – May 3

Columbus: Jan 8 – April 16
Apple Creek: Jan 6 – Apr 21
Dayton: Jan 15 – Apr 30

Fort Wayne: Jan 6 – Apr 21
Grabill: Jan 8 – Apr 23
Adams Wells: Jan 7 – Apr 22

Rathdrum: Jan 15 – May 07

Dodge City: Jan 13 – Apr 28
Topeka: Jan 21 – May 13

Alexandria: Jan 13 – May 5

Kalamazoo: Jan 8 – April 23
St Johns: Jan 13 – May 5

Sarasota: Jan 14 – May 13

Silas ready to go home.

Tom and Evelyn Mahas are the parents of a new baby boy. Silas Thomas George Mahas arrived at 10:25 pm on December 1, at 6lbs 1 oz, and 19.75 inches. Tom is youth pastor of Bethel UB church in Elmore, Ohio.

Hermmy and two Canadian girls. Hermmy can say goodbye to the coat, mittens, and cap.

Previous posts have told about Hermmy, a 12-year-old Haitian girl who was brought to Toronto by the Canadian UBs so she could have surgery to repair a hole in her heart. Since October 1, she has been living with Joan Sider, a member of New Hope UB church in Toronto and a frequent visitor to Haiti. The operation was conducted on October 10, and was a big success.

Joan Sider and Hermmy returned to Haiti this morning (Tuesday, Dec. 4). Hermmy will be reunited with her family on Wednesday, Dec. 5. Joan will talk to them about Hermmy’s continued healthcare needs. Joan will return to Canada on Dec. 11.