NCC's Friendship Press Publishes Second On-Line Resource
November 2, 2000, NEW YORK CITY The study guide to Map & Facts: Mexico, the latest in the innovative Friendship Press series of study maps, has just been published on the National Council of Churches Web site: www.ncccusa.org.
Like other geographic studies from the NCCs Friendship Press, the Mexico map and study guide are designed to undergird congregational mission through better understanding of a country or regions people, geography, history, government, economy, religion and culture.
The four-color, 23 x 35 Map & Facts: Mexico (available in print only, for $8.95) shows topography, states and major cities of Mexico. Eight panels on the reverse side provide a ready reference to Mexican geography and history, including the impact of the Spanish colonists, the development of the church in Mexico, and current economic problems. A special feature are the individual "profiles" of two Mexicans who reflect on the meaning of faith in their lives.
The 16-page study guide -- on the Web in printer-friendly text and PDF formats (also available in booklet form for $3) -- is intended to help congregations evaluate and then react to the issues in Mexico. It reviews the material found on the Map & Facts: Mexico panels, and adds additional resource information. It also suggests a plan to be followed by local study leaders to help mission study groups better understand the people of this large country and near neighbor. A brief videography suggests video resources that could also be used in the study of Mexico.
The study guide to Map & Facts: Mexico is the second-ever Friendship Press on-line resource. The first is A Childs Glimpse of Cuba, a resource for teachers of elementary school children, published in July 1999 and one of several pieces in the publishers 1999-2000 ecumenical mission study of Cuba. It is available only on the NCCs Web site.
Over the years, Friendship Press geographic studies have offered a veritable world tour most recently, of Cuba and Indonesia. Upcoming geographical themes include Vietnam, The Sudan, and India. These and other studies include the Map & Facts along with other print and audiovisual resources for use with children, youth and adults. Other Friendship Press resources explore contemporary issues most recently, Mission in the 21st Century, and Refugees and Forced Migrants.
Friendship Press resources may be ordered by phoning 1-800-889-5733. Or, consult the Friendship Press On-Line Catalog. Just follow the link from the NCC Web sites home page: www.ncccusa.org.
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