Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Missions Around The World (showcase): Germany and USA

Our youth group from church is in Orlando this week doing mission work.  We'll end our week at Walt Disney World touring the World Showcase at Epcot and learning a bit of "missions & outreach" information about each country.  This is what we'll be learning:
Germany
·      History of country As Europe's largest economy and second most populous nation (after Russia), Germany is a key member of the continent's economic, political, and defense organizations. European power struggles immersed Germany in two devastating World Wars in the first half of the 20th century and left the country occupied by the victorious Allied powers of the US, UK, France, and the Soviet Union in 1945. With the advent of the Cold War, two German states were formed in 1949: the western Federal Republic of Germany (FRG) and the eastern German Democratic Republic (GDR). The democratic FRG embedded itself in key Western economic and security organizations, the EC, which became the EU, and NATO, while the Communist GDR was on the front line of the Soviet-led Warsaw Pact. The decline of the USSR and the end of the Cold War allowed for German unification in 1990. Since then, Germany has expended considerable funds to bring Eastern productivity and wages up to Western standards. In January 1999, Germany and 10 other EU countries introduced a common European exchange currency, the euro. In January 2011, Germany assumed a nonpermanent seat on the UN Security Council for the 2011-12 term.
·      Population in 2009 82,167,000
·      Population age 0-14 13.4%
·      Life expectancy (females and males, years)  83.1/77.8
·      Infant mortality rate (per 1,000 live births) 4.0
·      Unemployment in 2009 7.5% of labor force
·      Homelessness rates An estimated 254,000 people are homeless in Germany
Approximately 25% are women
Approximately 11% are children and young people
Source: European Federation of National organizations working with the Homeless (FIANCE)
·      Population Below Poverty Line 15.5%
·      People living with HIV/ AIDS 67,000
·      Religion  Protestant 34%, Roman Catholic 34%, Muslim 3.7%, unaffiliated or other 28.3%
·      United Methodist Missionaries
·       Michelle S. Dromgold is a mission intern with the General Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church, serving initially with the Evangelisch-methodistische Salem-Gemeinde Neukölln, Kindertreff Delbrücke (Kindertreff) in Berlin, Germany.
·       Erb-Kanzleiter, Christine- Pastor of Peace United Methodist Church, an international English-speaking congregation in Munich, Germany.
·       Givens, Krista- Pastor of the International United Methodist Church of Hamburg, Germany.
·       Modayil, Romesh Philip - Local pastor of the English-speaking International United Methodist Church in Berlin-Charlottenburg, Germany.
·       Seckel, Carol Ann - Coordinator of English Language Ministries and International Congregations Ministries with the United Methodist Church in Germany.
·       Seckel, Kevin - Pastor of the New Hope English-speaking Fellowship of the United Methodist Church in Frankfurt, Germany.
USA
·      History of country Britain's American colonies broke with the mother country in 1776 and were recognized as the new nation of the United States of America following the Treaty of Paris in 1783. During the 19th and 20th centuries, 37 new states were added to the original 13 as the nation expanded across the North American continent and acquired a number of overseas possessions. The two most traumatic experiences in the nation's history were the Civil War (1861-65), in which a northern Union of states defeated a secessionist Confederacy of 11 southern slave states, and the Great Depression of the 1930s, an economic downturn during which about a quarter of the labor force lost its jobs. Buoyed by victories in World Wars I and II and the end of the Cold War in 1991, the US remains the world's most powerful nation state. Since the end of World War II, the economy has achieved relatively steady growth, low unemployment and inflation, and rapid advances in technology.
·      Population 313,847,465 (2011)
·      Population age 0-14 20.0%
·      Life expectancy (females and males, years)  82.1/77.7
·      Infant mortality rate (per 1,000 live births) 5.5
·      Unemployment in 2012 8.1% of labor force
·      Homelessness rates
o      Estimated homeless figures in the United States range from 600,000 to 2.5 million
Source: http://www.fas.org, 2009           
o      1.37 million of the total homeless population in USA are children under the age of 18. 40% are families with children, 41% are single males, 14% are single females
Source: International Journal of Psychosocial Research, 2008
o      Research by Dennis Culhane, University of Pennsylvania, followed thousands of homeless people in New York and each of them used an average of $40,000 a year in public services, such as increased health care.
Source: University of Pennsylvania
·      Population Below Poverty Line 15.1%
·      People living with HIV/ AIDS 1.2 million (2009)
·      Religion Protestant 51.3%, Roman Catholic 23.9%, Mormon 1.7%, other Christian 1.6%, Jewish 1.7%, Buddhist 0.7%, Muslim 0.6%, other or unspecified 2.5%, unaffiliated 12.1%, none 4% (2007 est.)

1 comment:

  1. What an interesting idea. I try to incoporate learning about the World Showcase countries into our homeschool. This is a must do idea for the future.

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