Trinity UMC, Durand
In July 2013, two of our youth went with the Pine Mountain youth on a mission trip to Panama City. This trip was sponsored by Illuminate, an ecumenical organization providing mission opportunities for youth. Each morning, a leader would tell about his or her call to missions and encourage the students to find their own call to missions. One morning, a young woman told about her recent trip to Rwanda. She was deeply touched by the needs there and especially touched by the children suffering from malaria. She told how only $10 could provide a mosquito net that would protect a child from the disease bearing mosquitoes. She showed pictures of the children to help us understand their need.
That morning, after we left the service, one of our youth, Emily, pulled me to the side. She said, “Pastor Angie, could our youth have a yearlong mission project to raise money for mosquito nets?” I told her that there is a ministry of the United Methodist Church called Imagine No Malaria that not only provides mosquito nets but vaccinations and other preventive care. I promised her that I would get more information and we could plan some fund raisers for this special cause.
When we returned from the mission trip, Emily had the opportunity to share her passion with the church. However, with school starting back, fall activities, and then Advent, we postponed fundraising until the first of the year. In January, we met with the youth leaders and decided to begin with a hot dog lunch after church the Sunday after Easter. Shortly before Lent began, the North Georgia Conference sent out a plea for donations for Imagine No Malaria. They also sent bulletin inserts to be used during Lent. When we first started planning, we had no idea that this would be the Conference Focus. God works in wondrous ways!!
Throughout Lent we kept the congregation informed with the inserts and reminders about the upcoming fund raising lunch. The Sunday after Easter, 2014, 8 youth and their leaders served hot dogs to the congregation and guests, raising $1171!! They have since sold cookbooks to raise another $550 and they are planning another hot dog lunch in May. It doesn’t take a huge congregation to make a difference; it takes a huge heart. Trinity is a small church with a big heart, making a difference, not just in Meriwether County but around the world.
Rev. Angie Crummie
Pastor, Trinity UMC
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