It is hard to believe that I have been at Church for All People for almost a year.
If there is one thing I’ve learned in this time it has been the power of relationships. We have strong relationships with organizations like the United Way, Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Mid Ohio Foodbank, and Columbus Public Health. Through these relationships we are able to accomplish work we could never do on our own.
We have strong relationships with our community. People trust us. They know we will do what we promise. They know we seek to create a welcoming environment for all people–the front porch to the kingdom of God.
Through all these relationships we have the opportunity to do amazing work through the HEAL program. In the last week alone we changed people’s lives by distributing over 13,000 pounds of produce to over 200 families, hosted more than 400 people for a home-cooked thanksgiving feast, graduated 14 members of a cooking class, taught eight hours of health eduction, began a new walking club, and engaged new people in coaching relationships. This week, one gentleman shared that a recent trip to the doctor showed he lost 14 pounds after participating in two months of health activities at the Reeb Avenue Center.
It is exciting to be a part of God’s work of renewal and redemption in our community. Not only could I not do this without the relationships with our partners and our community–I couldn’t do it without your prayers and support.
Today is an opportunity to multiply the gifts God has given us. #GivingTuesday is part of an international movement to extend the spirit of giving thanks into the Advent season. It offers an opportunity to start off the holiday season with giving instead of getting. Your gift will multiply the work that is “activating love, transforming lives, and changing the world.”
100 percent of all gifts made through my Advance number (3022046) directly support the missionary community. And this year, once again, every gift made online through The Advance at www.umcmission.org/give on December 1, 2015 will be matched up to $1 million.
Join the #GivingTuesday campaign and change lives by providing matching funds on December 1 and encourage others to support Advance #3022046.
Thank you for your support.