Thanks Be To God!Posted: October 29, 2013 Filed under: Bishop's Blog, Memphis Conference, Tennessee Conference | Tags: africa, annual conference, East Congo Episcopal Residence, memphis, Methodist, nashville, tennessee, UMC, united methodist 4 Comments
Do not grow weary in well doing for in due season you shall reap if you do not lose heart. Galatians 6:9
Five months ago we placed before the Nashville Area of the United Methodist Church to challenge to raise $87,500.00 to assist in building an episcopal residence for Bishop Unda Yemba Gabriel. I am happy to share with you today that we have exceeded our goal!
As of today, October 29, 2013, we have these totals:
Memphis Conference: $55,894
Tennessee Conference: $34,862
A special thanks goes to the Youth of Martin First United Methodist Church who raised $6,700! Three youth delegates from Martin FUMC were delegates to Annual Conference came home and decided to tackle this challenge and did they ever! I’m convinced the Martin youth set the pace and helped us reach our goal.
I look forward to greeting Bishop Unda in November at the Council of Bishops meeting and sharing this great news with him. Additionally, we are having conversations with Bishop Unda about preaching for us at the 2014 annual conferences. He has tentatively agreed to be with us. His God Story will touch you deeply.
In keeping with our desire to follow Jesus into the neighborhood, you are blessing our brother in Christ and his family even as they grieve the loss of his daughter and sister Kabibi. I can not thank you enough for making a way where there was no way.
As we continue to journey together, may the peace of Christ dwell richly within you.
Expecting Greater Things!
I was at the Call for all gathering and just wanted to say how great it was. I go to Lester’s Chapel UMC and follow your blog. I am a lay leader and lay servant and I am trying to be a good Christian and a soldier of God. I have done my best to spread the word of God and I hope I have made someone see you can be better for Christ. If you need a soldier please contact me. Because He Lives, James
Thanks, James. It was a blessing to be with you.
I am very proud of my congregation, Grace Place UMC, which didn’t raise $6700 but did pay the $250 all churches were asked to contribute and for women who are not allowed to keep a penny in their pocket, this was amazing. They raised the money by selling handmade items.
Awesome, Diane! Please thank your people for the good work that they did for Bishop Unda. He will be at Annual Conference in June. Go Grace Place!