A Response on Mississippi Giving
Thanks to the generosity of United Methodists around the world, more than 880 projects and missionaries will receive a financial boost to help them meet their mission goals. The denomination's General Board of Global Ministries announced that the first-ever UMC #GivingTuesday generated a record $6.5 million online on December 3. Nearly 11,000 donors in 34 countries gave more than 16,300 gifts through The Advance to mission and ministries they support. Global Ministries matched the first $500,000 received.
The full praise report on #GivingTuesday follows the heart-warming message below written below by Lou Ann Staggs, the Mississippi Conference Secretary for Global Ministries:
"What fun it was yesterday to go online and send my yearly gift to the Jamaa Letu Boy's Orphanage in Democratic Republic of Congo (DROC), a place my husband and I have a covenant relationship. This is an Advance project we learned about through UM missionaries, Jeff and Ellen Hoover who serve in the DROC and have support from Mississippi Methodists. When the Hoovers came to Mississippi on itineration, they shared with us the needs for this orphanage.
There had been an orphanage for little girls in this area of South Congo for years but nothing for boys. The UM Church built this orphanage called Jamaa Letu, which serves boys from infancy to completion of secondary school who have been orphaned by war, disease (including HIV/AIDS), abuse and abandonment. In 2013, the orphanage cared for approximately 32 boys, providing shelter, food, clothing, supplies, health care, spiritual guidance and school fees and expenses. Jamaa Letu serves as a safe haven for those vulnerable young people as well as an environment to develop their gifts for future involvement in the church and their culture.
What fun to know my gift was doubled on #GivingTuesday! Being so blessed living in America, it is rewarding to assist a project or missionary that meets the needs of those less fortunate than myself. As a grandmother, I think of those in Congo, particularly the little boys, when I am with my grandson.
I am so glad to be a part of The United Methodist Church's mission where I can make a gift online, by phone or mail to support our missions and know that 100% of my gift gets to a project of my choice. Thanks to The Advance, our giving channel, I can be the hands and feet of Jesus and impact lives beyond Mississippi. I am grateful for the churches and individuals across the state who took advantage of the opportunity to double their gifts to missions.
-- Lou Ann Staggs, Mississippi Conference
Secretary for Global Ministries
Click here to view the report on #GivingTuesday provided by United Methodist News Service.