Bonding for Missions


By Cynthia Laird 
Senatobia District Communications Coordinator

Mission teams from Pleasant Hill UMC in Olive Branch and

Members of the mission teams along with the home owner of the newly constructed home prepare for the dedication service.
Glide UMC in San Francisco, California joined in Gulfport, Mississippi, September 29 through October 4, 2013. They came together as the United Methodist Committee on Relief's (UMCOR) continued presence on the gulf coast to help people who have lost homes or whose homes were damaged by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Although the two churches have differences such as, location and size, (Pleasant Hill UMC having a membership of around 250 people and Glide UMC having a membership of about 11,000) they formed bonds working closely to share God's love in offering help and restoring hope to victims of Katrina who are still suffering from the devastation.  


The Rev. Theon Johnson, III led the dedication service.

Immediately, the leadership skills and caring persona of the Reverend Theon Johnson, III, served as a unifying and strengthening force as the combined teams worked long days on the home restoration project. Johnson is part of the Mississippi United Methodist Conference, but when members of Glide UMC met him at Jackson State University, they requested that he be on loan to Glide UMC as their associate pastor. This is not surprising since the dynamic ministry of Johnson has received national and international attention.



The teams have bonded through a feeling of unity and purpose with Christian love. They are hoping to be assigned together next year on a Katrina relief project. Planning is currently underway to make this dream a reality. In serving others this year, team members say that they were the ones who received blessings and a very strong realization of what it is like to be part of God's large diverse family.