The Missionaries Are Coming!
We’re pleased to welcome some great folks to share with us during our Missions emphasis month. Here’s some brief information:
Bill & Brenda Antinore, directors of Seeds of Hope Ministries start us off on February 4 at the 11am Worship Service. Seeds of Hope is based in Camden and is the umbrella organization with three powerful ministries: South Jersey Aftercare (ministry to ex-prisoners and their families), She Has a Name (ministry to women in prostitution) and My Father’s Hands (ministry to the homeless).
BJ & Andrea Williamson work in Cuenca, Ecuador with OMS. They will be with us on Sunday February 11 in both the 11am and 6pm services. In addition, Andrea will be sharing with the women at the Women’s Missionary Dinner on Feb. 12.
Mark Amey, will be sharing on February 18 at 11am. In addition to being our pastor’s brother (!), Mark has worked with two mission organizations- for 20 years with WGM in Kenya, Africa and now for 20 years with Handi*Vangelism Ministry’s discipleship & follow-up ministry.
Tara Kelley, director of Handi*Camp, HVMI’s core ministry of summer camps for disabled children, youth and adults will be sharing on February 25, 9:30am in children’s Sunday School.
Rev. Tim Sheetz is founder and Exec. Dir. of Handi*Vangelism Ministries International. Tim & Kathy’s varied ministries to the disabled, grieving and abused is unmatched in its impact. BUMC has supported their ministry since the beginning of our Missions Month program in 1968, so we get to celebrate 50 years of support with them this year. February 25, 11am.
Other members of the Handi*Vangelism Team, will share in the closing service of February 25, 6pm, which will be preceded by a wonderful time of music & worship led by the Worship Team from Maranatha Christian Fellowship in Moorestown, NJ.
Samaritan’s Purse Project – January 21st we distributed Coin Banks to support Samaritan’s Purse in their work of bringing relief after disasters in the U.S. Samaritan’s Purse is always one of the first to arrive and often one of the last to leave whenever a disaster hits: whether from hurricanes, tornados, flooding or like the fires in California.
For many of us, we’ve loved World Vision’s “Love Loaves” as our method of giving loose change and cash or checks. But World Vision no longer provides the “loaves.” As a mission committee we’ve been impressed with the track record of Samaritan’s Purse in disaster relief as well as being familiar with their Operation Christmas Child “Shoebox project,” so we decided to designate this year’s offering banks towards their work. Get yours on the back table in church.
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