Photo right: Don Howald (left) gives instructions to a United Methodist volunteer team from the California-Pacific Annual (regional) Conference as the group prepares to work on a home damaged by Hurricane Sandy in Long Beach, N.Y., a part of Long Island. UMNS file photo by Mike DuBose.
Three Mississippi Conference leaders are reminding Mississippi United Methodists that the Greater New Jersey Conference is still in need of prayers and gifts since the late October 2012 storm-Hurricane Sandy. The following notice to the conference is from Rev. David Cumbest, Mississippi Conference United Methodist Committee on Relief coordinator, Rev. David Newton, Mississippi Conference United Methodist Volunteers in Mission coordinator and Rev. Eric Sanford, Mississippi Conference Missions chair.
On Aug. 29, 2005 everyone living in the state of Mississippi was inducted into a very special fellowship. We did not enter into membership at our own request, but were initiated into this group by the winds and waves of one of the most catastrophic natural disasters of our times, Hurricane Katrina.
The initiation was devastating, but thanks to the compassionate response of God's people, we had the opportunity to live through the reality of God's promise in Romans 5: 3-5, "we also boast in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not disappoint us, because God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us." - NRSV
We have emerged from the wake of Hurricane Katrina a people who can endure, who have character, and are members of the Fellowship of Hope.
On Oct. 29, 2012 a new group of survivors were inducted into the Fellowship of Hope by Hurricane Sandy. While our struggle is over, they are still rebuilding hope in the lives of many who are still not back in their homes.
|Bishop John Schol, Greater New Jersey Conference|