Maybe the story of feeding the five thousand has something to teach us about our ministry in Liberia as "we seek to better coordinate and maximize our mutual efforts in evangelization, education, health care and economic opportunity in Liberia."
Tornados cut across the southern Illinois region leaving a path of destruction to the community of Harrisburg. As we watch developments on television, our hearts ache, knowing that we are called to respond.
It is in these times that the people called United Methodists are at their best, providing a ministry of presence and offering care and compassion for those in need. Let's do our part!
The church for all of the good we are doing and the transforming difference we are making could do a lot better particularly among youth and young adults. Diminishing numbers of young people in the life of the church starves the church of much needed vitality, energy, creativity and angle of view. The church at its best has so much to offer to all and this includes youth and young adults. The church is in need and the church is needed.
But ministry with the poor puts the emphasis on the with. It goes beyond good deeds and moves toward relationships….Life giving relationships are about giving and receiving.