By Cynthia Laird, Senatobia District Communications Coordinator
"Jesus Loves the Children" was the theme as Senatobia District United Methodist Women met for the Day Apart at Hinds Chapel UMC on March 29, 2014. Mike Duggar, CEO and president of the Methodist Children's Homes in Jackson, Mississippi, shared good news of what is being done, and extended the call for dedicated Christians to be God's faithful servants in a God-sized vision for what can be accomplished through the Methodist Children's Homes.
Duggar came to Mississippi from the Methodist Children's Home in Macon, Georgia. He has a bachelor's degree in criminal justice from the University of Tennessee, a master's degree in community psychology from Pennsylvania State University and over 20 years of experience working with traumatized and abused children in Tennessee, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Georgia and Mississippi. When Duggar began serving the Methodist Children's Homes seven months ago, the home was serving 31 children. The Lord has greatly blessed the work, and the home is now serving approximately 65 children. Duggar's vision is to make the Methodist Children's Homes the most effective and best known for changing how Mississippi cares for traumatized children and troubled families.
Duggar read from Nehemiah: chapter 1 in which Nehemiah learned of the affliction of the Jews that remained in Jerusalem, and of the city wall that was broken down and in ruins. Nehemiah prayed to the Lord, and yielded himself to the will of the Lord to serve as an instrument of restoration. Just like the wall of Jerusalem, these children are broken and their lives are in ruins. Duggar called on the group to search their hearts and pray so that someone might find in this work God's purpose for our lives. As Duggar said, "we first feel the pressure" weighing on our hearts. Next, "we confess our sins and pray." Then, "when the Lord lays a burden on our hearts and we submit to Him, we know His purpose for our lives."
The East Jackson District has responded and is making a difference in the lives of these children. If someone in each district embraces this purpose then the Methodist Children's Homes, which serves children from all parts of the state, can fulfill the mission of restoring even more lives.
Everyone can make a difference by praying, by funding and by volunteering in this great work. To learn more about how individuals, churches, mission groups or districts can better serve the Lord in this ministry of love, please attend the Day of Hope on the Methodist Children's Homes campus located at 805 N. Flag Chapel Road, in Jackson on Saturday, April 12 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. To make a reservation, contact Kate Williams by phone at 601-853-5000, ext. 1222, or by email to: Kwilliams@mchms.org. You may also learn more about this vital ministry on the website: www.mchms.org.
Photo right: Cheryl Denley, Edna Cave, Bernice Sykes, Chelsey Duggar and Mike Duggar
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