With great excitement and expectation, 18 individuals from 9 different churches within our Senatobia District will be heading to El Salvador on a short-term mission trip. We will depart on June 12th and return on June 20th. For the past four years, the Senatobia District has made this trip and partnered with Salvadorian Mission Projects (salvadoranmissionprojects.com). While abroad, our work will consist of three components: church construction, Vacation Bible School, and a Feeding and Evangelism ministry (distributing food and visiting with families in the surrounding area).
As we join our brothers and sisters in El Salvador, we hope to be intentional with our words, our listening, and our actions. In each opportunity we are granted, we hope to be an example of the love and mercy of Christ. As a team, we firmly believe that the Lord is already at work in El Salvador; He will meet us as we arrive, and He will continue a special work in the place and the people when we depart. We ask for you to faithfully spend time in prayer for the team as we prepare both spiritually and logistically for the trip ahead. We also welcome prayers for our safety, our journey, and most importantly our mission. As a team, we will need prayers that God will prepare us for our visit and bless our efforts as we minister to and with the people of El Salvador! We go with expectant hearts- listening to the call God has placed on us to go forth in His name.
Madison (Madii) Sowell
2nd Year El Salvador Team Member
Member of Maples Memorial UMC
Dear Mississippi United Methodist clergy,
I want to let you know about our big conference-wide push for this year’s missions focus, Imagine No Malaria. It is during Lent. We are asking all of our congregations to consider making Imagine No Malaria part of their church’s Lenten worship.
On our conference website, we have the following resources you can download and provide to your congregation:
- A Mississippi Conference Lenten Devotion Guide with devotions written by some of our own Mississippi folks. This booklet includes stories about what Imagine No Malaria is doing to save lives in our world and a Lenten “Giving from Abundance Calendar.”
- Digital backgrounds for PowerPoint, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube
- Bulletin inserts for each Sunday during Lent
- A huge worship guide with sermon helps, Sunday school/children’s church lessons, liturgical readings, hymn recommendations and much more
This Lenten focus will stretch us all spiritually. We will see how when we work together there is power – the power of purer hearts, radical justice and life-saving generosity in Jesus’ name.
Will you consider making Imagine No Malaria part of your church’s worship focus during Lent? If so, everything you’ll need is available here in the Imagine No Malaria Lenten Tool Kit.
Imagine No Malaria field coordinator
P.S. If your church doesn’t have the capability to download and make copies of these resources, please let me know by email at email@example.com or by phone/text at 662.825.0949. I will do my best to get hard copies of resources to you.
For more information or to download an application visit –
As the Conference Board of Global Ministries begins to do its work under the new conference structure, there will be new opportunities for you to serve. The following is a message from the chair of the Conference Health and Welfare Committee, Marcus Gaut.
“…I pray for good fortune in everything you do, and for your good health–that your everyday affairs prosper, as well as your soul!” (3 John 2, The Message).
I was born three months prematurely to Army parents in Stuttgart, Germany. After being discharged from a German hospital, my mom and I returned to the United States and waited months for my dad to join us. A first-generation college student, I was raised in a family that supported me as I went to college to study nursing. I fondly reflect upon the many different people that supported me and aided my journey–a journey I continue to embrace and enjoy because of the diverse beauties I experience in all people.
One of the many blessings I receive daily is the knowledge of and reflection upon the people and lives that contribute to who I am–many of whom I have not met and may never meet. I hope to meet you.
Each of us has an individual responsibility and call to care for the gift of life that God has given us and yet none of us can do it alone. Just as my mom and I waited for my father, I hope that you will join me in the work that honors waiting for our Heavenly Father to manifest health and healing in our communities, our conference, and our world. There are opportunities for all of us to share in God’s work concerning the health and welfare of Mississippians. In the presence of our differences in health and welfare, may we ever be found embracing the Christ we have in common.
As Chair of the Health and Welfare Committee of the Mississippi Conference Board of Global Ministries, I look forward to working with any and all persons with an interest in supporting the greater health of our Conference and those we love and serve.
If you are interested in serving on the Health and Welfare Committee, please email your name and contact information to firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you and God bless you!
“One profession. One purpose. One passion”
DEADLINE: October 31, 2016
Has your church ever wanted to start a new mission project for your community and didn’t have the money at the time, so it had to be put on the back burner? Well now is your opportunity to dream again.
Apply now for the 2016 Connectional Ministries Mission Grants. These grants are established to strengthen missions in the local churches of our annual conference as the church reaches out to their communities in efforts to fulfill the purpose of the Mississippi Annual Conference. Grants range from $500 to $2,500 per project, with one award of up to $10,000. Recipients of the grants and their projects are highlighted in our Circuit Riders the following year.
Friendly reminder: These grants are for mission and ministry; they are not for bricks and mortar. Mission grants are available to any Mississippi United Methodist Church. Mission agencies/organizations must have a partner church in order to apply. Please review the grant guidelines carefully. Only one application per church.
Grants are awarded to projects that form spiritual leaders, develop new places for new people, renew existing congregations or engage in ministry with the poor; therefore, Living Out the four Core Values of The POWER of We: love, generosity, justice and apprenticeship.
Applications are accepted through October 31, 2016 and must be delivered in person or by mail to: the Office of Connectional Ministries / Attn: Mission Grants / 320 – C Briarwood Dr. / Jackson, MS 39206. To ensure receipt, it is recommended to send certified mail with return receipt, remember to keep a copy of the application for your files. Do not fax or email applications.
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