The first Sunday in October is World Communion Sunday. United Methodist congregations join many Christian churches around the globe for this celebration of unity among churches across denominations.
According to the 1972 Book of Discipline paragraph 263.3 there shall be a World Communion (formerly Fellowship of Suffering and Service) offering to support the division of chaplains and ministries, Crusade Scholarships and the scholarship fund for minority groups.
Around the globe, countless gifted and qualified people, especially youth and young adults, face financial obstacles that hinder them from preparing for the vocation God has given them. For ethnic students who will be the first generation in their families to attend college, or for those people of color who haven’t historically had access to resources that make higher education possible, the road toward education has often been unwieldy.
What would it look like if the church today imitated Jesus’ affirmation of the full dignity and God-given potential of all women and men, especially those who’ve historically been assigned to the world’s margins? On World Communion Sunday, your giving helps to provide scholarships for national and international graduate students whom God has gifted to learn and to serve.
Equipping Disciples Like Mary Grace to Serve in Jesus’ Name
As a small child, Mary Grace Galapon labored as a housemaid in exchange for food and clothing. Yet, allowed to attend church, she found hope. Through The United Methodist Church, your giving on World Communion Sunday has allowed this deaconess of the Mindanao Philippines Annual Conference to pursue an education that is now changing her community as she works to eliminate poverty.
Mary Grace’s work, and the impact of hundreds more like her, are possible because you give.
Will You Equip World-Changers?
Will you give generously on World Communion Sunday to make education and vocational impact possible for more students like Mary Grace? Will you equip gifted and qualified students from around the globe to become the world-changers God created them to be?
Nelson Mandela said, “Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world.” And because the people of The United Methodist Church believe that all of God’s children have been created and gifted to build the kingdom Jesus ushered in, we’re resourcing them to do just that. Because of your giving on World Communion Sunday, the most powerful tool to change the world is in more hands.
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