September 22, 2011
Hope for the Children of Southern Sudan
A Story from the Bible
35For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in,
36I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’
37″Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink?
38When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you?
39When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’
40″The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.’
Dear Church Family,
Once a year, across the globe, Christians celebrate World Communion Sunday. For the past few years we have celebrated by leaving an offering on the altar rail when we come to receive this sacred meal. Each of those years our offering has gone to a different world mission. Our District Missions is now focusing on our conference work in Sudan . It is there that we are planning to assist in building an orphanage to give displaced, homeless children security and safety in the love of Jesus Christ. As plans are being made and permits being obtained to build the orphanage the children remain needy. So our District has chosen to use our World Communion offering on October 2 to sponsor these Sudanese children. At a cost of $150, schooling with meals will be provided for a child for one year.
I ask that each person and each family be prepared on October 2, when you come to the Table of Our Lord, to leave at the altar the amount of money you will be spending to feed yourselves lunch that day. I know that many enjoy the luxury of dining out after church on Sunday, while others return home for a meal. Whichever the case, every Sunday we spend a substantial amount of money to feed ourselves while others go hungry. God has certainly blessed us, hasn’t He?
Beyond this love offering for the Children of Sudan, I also ask that when you bow your head to eat on that particular day, that you say a special prayer for the people of Sudan, for our missionaries there, Rebekah Simmerman of Northern Sudan, Fred and Elizabeth “Libby” Dearing and the Steve and Diantha Hodges all in Yei, Southern Sudan.
Rebekah has a blog http//bexleyjoy.wordpress.com and can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. I am grateful that Rebekah can rely on the regular support of our United Methodist Women. One can keep up with the ministry of the Dearings and the Hodges by visiting Holston.org. Once there go to Ministries and then visit Missions. You can read all about Sudan , the children and the missionary work underway. The Dearings have a blog on the Holston site also. The Hodges can be accessed by visitingsteveanddianthahodges.blogspot.com/.
I want to thank FUMC Hillsville for being a leader in Missions in our District. You are always faithful in your endeavor to support missions be they local, national or world missions.
May God Richly Bless You,