Faith in Action
The book series of the Hunger Games depicts a
dystopian future where people struggle to have
enough resources to survive, violence is glorified and the
suffering of others serves as entertainment. This year
during the Youthfest of Festival of Sharing, the youth
met together under a theme of Hunger Games, but the
hunger they were focused on was a hunger for God.
After Annual Conference, churches around Missouri began thinking
of ways they could raise awareness to end deaths from malaria in
Africa, and Vacation Bible School seemed like a great place to begin
their campaigns. Kids and youth all over the state caught the bug and
began saving lives!
Dozens of Cherokee citizens
in Sequoyah County in Oklahoma
now have wheelchair accessible homes,
new roofs and spruced up yards thanks
to some caring volunteers from 450 miles away.
On January 28 it was a nice day in Columbia, with a high of 74 degrees. The next day there were severe thunderstorms. Two days later it was down to 4 degrees. For most people, extreme swings in weather mean youâ€™d better check the forecast so you grab the right coat before you leave for work in the morning. For the homeless, changes in the weather can be fatal.
Fifty one college age persons
travelled to Stilwell, OK Jan. 7-12
for a mission trip. We worked
with Cherokee Nation on homes,
churches and community centers
in the area.
New Horizons United
Methodist Church sits at the
corner of El Chaparral Avenue
and Highway WW and is at the
entry point into the El Chaparral
subdivision in Columbia, MO.
Church members have long been
concerned about the children
and youth in the development
as nearly 60% of the children at
nearby Cedar Ridge Elementary
School are on the free or reduced
First UMC Lee's Summit, aka The Summit, recently extended it's mission arm to one of its members in a radical way.
It’s not uncommon for a church to open its doors to accommodate an occasional group of overnight travelers. It is uncommon for those doors to stay open for more than a year. Byers Avenue UMC in Joplin first offered shelter to a vol- unteer team coming to assist the community with tornado recovery on May 26, 2011, just a few days after the tornado hit.
The Harrisonville youth and children visited a local nursing care facility to deliver Valentine Day cards and share the good news that God loves them.
Our Vacation Bible School was July 12 through July 16. During that week we raised money to be distributed in Random Acts of Kindness around the community of Peculiar, Missouri. Much to our surprise, the Vacation Bible School raised over $400.
Have a great example of how you are putting your faith in action? Let us know! Submit your Faith in Action story to us and share it with the rest of the Missouri Conference!