Celebrating Mission Grants


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Photo right: Two excited students from Brown Elementary School select their eye glass frames, which was a gift to them from the congregation of Central United Methodist Church.
The latest witness report celebrating the Mississippi Conference Mission Grants was written by Virginia Sue Wilson, a member of Central United Methodist Church, located in Jackson, Mississippi. The grants are possible thanks to local United Methodist churches that pay their mission shares. Central received an award for $1,000 from the conference. 
Being the recipient of the Missions Grant has allowed Central United Methodist Church to help Brown Elementary School meet some of Brown's most basic needs.  After speaking with the counselor and teachers, it was determined that there were students who were having some difficulties in classes because they needed glasses. Six students were identified by the counselor.  One student in the fifth grade was wearing the glasses that she had received in the first grade.  Their eyes were examined by Dr. Dewey Handy, an optometrist and a member of Central. The children were able to choose their glasses and enjoyed the experience.   After visiting with Handy, one student was identified as having a problem with her eyes that could result in her losing her sight. Her parent was contacted, and she is currently receiving treatment.  All students were excited on the day that their glasses were delivered. One young lady put on her glasses and said, "I can see the words on that bulletin board."  All of the students who received glasses were extremely happy. 
The Mississippi Conference Connectional Ministries Mission Grants are a matching grant available to United Methodist churches and United Methodist sponsored or related agencies in Mississippi. Grants range from $500 to $2,500 per project, with one award of up to $10,000. They are awarded to form spiritual leaders, new places for new people, connections through existing congregations and engagement in ministry with the poor; therefore, living out the four Core Values of The POWER of We.
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The POWER of We funded in part by your apportioned mission shares.

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