By Lou Ann Staggs, Mississippi Conference Secretary of Global Ministries
Appalachian Ministry Network is an Advance Special with Global Ministries, the mission agency of The United Methodist Church. Each annual conference in the Appalachian Region sends representatives to a meeting twice a year to discuss and plan ways to assist people living in poverty in this region.
The AM Network offers a grant for churches and individuals who work with those living in poverty.
Counties in Mississippi that may qualify for money from the Appalachian Ministry Network Hunger and Poverty Grant are: Alcorn, Benton, Calhoun, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Clay, Itawamba, Kemper, Lee, Lowndes, Marshall, Monroe, Montgomery, Noxubee, Oktibbeha, Panola, Pontotoc, Prentiss, Tippah, Tishomingo, Union, Webster, Winston and Yalobusha. You may access the Appalachian website for a copy of the grant application and read about this Advance Special of The United Methodist Church. Churches in the Mississippi Conference assist this network through our mission shares.
The next deadline for grant applications is August 1, 2014. Applications must be received in the ministry network on time and completely filled out. To read more about this mission of the UMC and see the grant application visit the website: www.appalachia-umc.org.
Photo right: Rev. Kristen Schrickel (left) from New Albany First United Methodist Church receiving the check for $2,000 from Appalachian Ministry Network, for The Care Center, an organization that helps to feed hungry children in Union County. Christy Mitchell (right) is the executive director of The Care Center.
The POWER of We funded in part by your apportioned mission shares.