Shared lives, changing lives

A new DVD shows how the Methodist Church brings hope, healingand reconciliation to communities around the world.

'Shared Lives' is a short film that combines stories from projectsthat work for justice and to combat deprivation and poverty withstunning images captured by some World Church Office staff onvisits to their partner churches.

The 5-minute film shows how the Fund for World Mission is used tosupport people all over the world. Stories featured on 'SharedLives' include that of mission partners Samantha and Peter Taylor,who work with disadvantaged Roma children and with youths insouthern Bulgaria. Viewers can also find out about the MauaMethodist Hospital in Kenya, which has a world-renowned HIV/AIDScentre, providing food, education and out-patient care for AIDSorphans and those who care for them. The Methodist Church sendsmedical mission partners, disability specialists and experiencedexchange volunteers to support the work of this life-changingproject. The film can be viewed online at www.methodist.org.uk/index.cfm?fuseaction=pandw.content&cmid=907.

John Nutt, Mission Education Co-ordinator, said; 'The MethodistChurch in Britain has a great heritage of work throughout the worldand we want to show people that this legacy is still going strong.The Fund for World Mission supports these projects and many morelike them and we want to express our deepest thanks to all thosewhose continued support has made this possible. 'Shared Lives'gives them a chance to see how their money is being spent, but wealso hope that those who don't know about the Fund will be able tofind out more'.

The DVD can be run through a normal DVD-Player to view the film,but when run through a computer DVD-drive, users can access a widerange of free resources, ideas and information that can be printedoff for use. This includes posters, worship materials, Gift-Aidforms and 'Take Up Your Cross' Ð a self-denial pack for lent. Thereis also a guide to further web-based material.

The DVD is available free of charge and can be obtained fromMission Education, Methodist Church House, 25 Marylebone Road,London NW1 5JR; email: missioneducation@methodistchurch.org.uk,tel: 020 7467 5116.