Tupelo Wesley holds mission festival


Tupelo Wesley United Methodist Church held its first Mission Festival on Sept. 10. 

Several mission agencies and missionaries were invited to participate, both from Mississippi and from other countries. Those who did participate were:

  • Brooks-Howell Home for Deaconesses and Missionaries
  • Wilma Dunbar, missionary to Gulfside Assembly
  • Ernestine Varnado, with parish nurse at McComb
  • Bob Fritchey, director of Society of St. Andrew - Mississippi
  • Ron Barham, director of Wood Institute in Mathiston
  • Ginger Stevens, director of Wesley House Community Center in Meridian
  • Rex Wilburn, United Methodist Committee on Relief in Mississippi Conference
  • Lou Ann Staggs, chair of conference Missionary Personnel 

Dunbar, who was a missionary in Liberia before coming to her present position, was the morning worship speaker. During the Sunday school hour, the mission personnel were available to speak with those who came to their booths. 

At the lunch hour, each mission speaker told briefly of his or her work, and later were available at their booths. 

All local churches in the vicinity were invited to come by after their morning worship to eat and to share with the missionaries