New equipment comes to Wood Institute


Wood Institute in Mathiston has received a machine that will help in the repair and maintenance of tall structures. Ten buildings on the campus are two stories or higher. In addition, trees have to be trimmed occasionally.

The machine was purchased through a grant from the Women’s Division of The General board of Global Ministries. The Women’s Division periodically allocates some of the “Prayer and Self Denial” funds for maintenance of more than 100 mission institutions across the United States.

The Prayer and Self Denial funds are derived from pledges made each year by United Methodist Women in their local units. The pledge is a long-standing tradition among women of the church and is considered one of the most meaningful parts of their individual and shared spiritual discipline.

“The Wood campus is a great legacy and ministry opportunity,” said the Rev Ron Barham, executive director of Wood Institute. “The buildings here require regular maintenance and their height is a challenge for workers. This hi-lift will make upkeep and preservation possible.”

The machine will also be made available to Rust College at Holly Springs and the Mississippi Rural Center at Columbia. Both are related to the Women’s Division.