2108 marked the first year for the newly formed missions committee, and it was quite a year! Through your generosity we were able to contribute over $53,600 to support the missions of the United Methodist Church locally, regionally and abroad. A little over $31,000 was our apportionment, which goes into supporting United Methodist missions in general. The remaining $22,500 was directed by the committee to support conference children’s homes, fight hunger and poverty, provide disaster relief and various other missions. About $11,200 was from the special offering in December. In addition to conference missions, your contributions provided over $12,000 to the local ministry fund, which was used to help people pay bills and buy food or gas.
But it isn’t all about dollars. Perhaps more importantly it is about your personal involvement. I’m sure I’ve missed some, but some of the accomplishments include:
- The United Methodist Women raised over $11,000, sponsored several collections and made several day trips in support of their missions.
- The youth groups had about a dozen activities and a summer mission trip focused on relieving hunger and providing hope.
- One day each week during the summer, about 50 people volunteered in TWIGS and the Troy program and fed several hundred children.
- The VBS kids collected several hundred pounds of canned good for Ministries Unlimited.
- 15,000 people in Trinidad received a meal through our food packaging event
- Share Thanksgiving provided 60 meals to local families
- Approximately 30% of the TWIGS weekend food boxes were created as a result of the Advent calendar collection.
- Sew Much Joy, Chicks with Sticks and Sisters in Christ provided about 3,000 sewn, knitted or crochet items that were distributed locally and internationally
- Hats, gloves and scarves were collected by the Journey Kids for Ministries Unlimited
- Household maintenance and repair tasks were performed through the newly launched handyman ministry.
- Collections from the Snow Angel trees provided 80 Christmas gifts for Lessie Bates Davis Neighborhood House and Liberty Village
- 115 shoeboxes were prepared for Operation Christmas Child
- There were also Journey Groups, families, and individuals, who have taken it upon themselves to support missionaries, sponsor children, buy livestock, volunteer, and otherwise provide help to those in need.
In Matthew 25:40 Jesus says, “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these bothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” Through our mission activities, we are helping the “least of these.” We are really looking forward to extending out outreach in 2019!