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Thursday, Oct 11, 2012
By Mariellyn Dunlap Grace“Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress” (James 1:27).In the Democratic Republic of the Congo, many children have been left parentless because of diseases like malaria, typhoid, and HIV/AIDS. In the Congo’s North Katanga Conference of the United Methodist Church, many of these children are cared for at the Kamina Children’s Home. Without the food, shelter, a... (read more)
Thursday, Oct 11, 2012
By Mariellyn Dunlap Grace“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth” (Acts 1:8).During the 40 days after his resurrection, Jesus appeared to the disciples and instructed them to wait in Jerusalem for the gift of the Holy Spirit. The disciples asked Jesus if he was planning to restore the kingdom to Israel, but as usual, the disciples were th... (read more)
Thursday, Oct 11, 2012
By Mariellyn Dunlap GraceThe West Ohio Conference of the United Methodist Church has entered into Covenant Relationships with four areas of the world: Congo, Mexico, Russia, and Southeast Asia. These strategic partnerships include prayer support, financial giving, training and discipleship, and relationship-building across oceans, boundaries, and cultures. “The greatest mistake in the treatment of diseases is that there are physicians for the body and physician... (read more)
Thursday, Oct 11, 2012
By Mariellyn Dunlap GraceThe West Ohio Conference of the United Methodist Church has entered into Covenant Relationships with four areas of the world: Congo, Mexico, Russia, and Southeast Asia. These strategic partnerships include prayer support, financial giving, training and discipleship, and relationship-building across oceans, boundaries, and cultures. "Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in t... (read more)
Thursday, Oct 11, 2012
By Mariellyn Dunlap GraceThe West Ohio Conference of the United Methodist Church has entered into Covenant Relationships with four areas of the world: Congo, Mexico, Russia, and Southeast Asia. These strategic partnerships include prayer support, financial giving, training and discipleship, and relationship-building across oceans, boundaries, and cultures. In the days of the early Christian Church, many followers of the Way were convinced that Jesus’ message of... (read more)
Thursday, Oct 11, 2012
By Mariellyn Dunlap GraceIn his letter to Colossae, the Apostle Paul speaks of his prayers for the church there and the impact of their faith on other Christians, as well as unbelievers. “We always pray for you, and we give thanks to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. For we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and your love for all of God’s people. …This same Good News that came to you is going out all over the world. It is bearing fruit everywhere... (read more)
Thursday, Oct 11, 2012
By Mariellyn Dunlap Grace“It almost restores your faith in people,” remarks Gordon Ginn, pastor at Grant Memorial United Methodist Church in Moscow, OH, where recent tornadoes severely damaged much of the town. Though he was in the hospital when the tornadoes hit, Pastor Ginn returned home the next day to find his church already serving meals to people affected by the tornadoes.“That first week, we were sending 100 to 150 meals up to the affected area each day,... (read more)
Thursday, Oct 11, 2012
By Mariellyn Dunlap GraceHis name was Chuck.To an outside observer, Chuck might seem like just another drain on the social service system. An alcoholic with very little income, Chuck relied on food pantries and other free community resources to survive.A few days after Christmas, Chuck died alone.With no family to speak of, the police called the only people they knew who cared about him: the staff at The Friendly Center, a community center in north Toledo with... (read more)
Thursday, Oct 11, 2012
By Mariellyn Dunlap Grace“’And who is my neighbor?’” Jesus replied, ‘A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and he fell among robbers, who stripped him and beat him and departed, leaving him half dead. Now by chance a priest was going down that road, and when he saw him he passed by on the other side. So likewise a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan, as he journeyed, came to where he was, and whe... (read more)
Thursday, Oct 11, 2012
By Mariellyn Dunlap Grace“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere—in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” – Acts 1:8Since the days of John Wesley, mission and service have been vital components of the principles ascribed to by members of The United Methodist Church. The Volunteers in Mission program, under the auspices of the General Board... (read more)