The only surgeon for millions of people wins first annual Gerson L’Chaim Prize

NEW YORK – Dr. Jason Fader, a son of medical missionaries and now on a team of American physicians in Burundi–the world’s hungriest nation–today was awarded $500,000 in the first-ever Gerson L’Chaim Prize for Outstanding Christian Medical Missionary Service. Watch Dr. Jason Fader at work
“Because of the L’Chaim Prize, hundreds of people will walk, thousands will receive care, and tens of thousands will be helped by the doctors we train,” Dr. Fader said. The L’Chaim Prize, the largest ever in clinical care, is awarded by the African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF), founded by New York entrepreneur Mark Gerson and his friend Dr. Jon Fielder, a medical missionary serving in Kenya. “Missionary doctors are this era’s untold humanitarian story,” said Gerson, who underwrites the prize with his wife, Rabbi Erica Gerson. “Forsaking every comfort and convenience to bring skilled compassion to the continent’s poor, Dr. Fader and his team are links in a string of unsung heroes across Africa.”

With the L’Chaim prize, Fader and his colleagues—serving with the agency SERGE—will:

■   add critically needed hospital beds at rural Kibuye Hope Hospital

■   create Burundi’s first postgraduate medical training

■   expand lower-limb fracture care in a nation that travels by foot

“It’s hard to overstate the value,” Fader said.

Initiative to help congregations find new ways to engage, support young adults

INDIANAPOLIS – Lilly Endowment Inc. is launching a $19.4 million initiative to help congregations engage young adults and work with them to design innovative ministries that support and enrich their religious lives. “Religious leaders long to connect with young adults, but many acknowledge that few young people in their 20s are making their way into congregational life,” said Christopher L. Coble, the Endowment’s vice president for religion. “These church leaders are looking for new and fresh ways to build relationships with young people.”

The Young Adult Initiative will support the establishment of innovation hubs at 12 colleges, universities and seminaries around the nation to help congregations design and launch new ministries with young adults, ages 23 to 29. The organizations are located in 10 states and the District of Columbia and reflect diverse Christian traditions – Mainline Protestant, evangelical and historic African American denominations, as well as Roman Catholic, Orthodox and independent congregations. Each innovation hub will identify 12 to 24 congregations and help them better understand the experiences of young adults and work with them to create new ministries.


Diocese of Phoenix to host Courage International’s ‘Truth and Love’ conference

The Diocese of Phoenix and Courage International will host the upcoming Truth and Love conference. The goal is to offer sound practical and pastoral guidance on the topics of homosexuality and sexual identity. The event, Jan. 9–11, 2017, at St. Paul Parish in Phoenix, is the third of its kind. Previous educational conferences organized by Courage and various co-sponsors have been held in Detroit and Rome.


United Methodist Women announce theme for Assembly 2018

“The Power of Bold” will be the theme of the 19th quadrennial Assembly of United Methodist Women in Columbus, Ohio, May 18-20, 2018. This Assembly is particularly momentous in that it marks both the official celebration of the organization’s 150th anniversary and a return to the location of the first Assembly in 1942.