The spirit of Advent giving: United Methodist Children's Home


Advent Conspiracy Opportunity: The United Methodist Children’s Home
Adam was often sick due to poor nourishment and drinking contaminated water. One day, Adam was so hungry that when a social worker came to his house, he willingly left with her and was placed in a UMCH group home.

Adam has a learning disability that makes academics hard for him. His house mother encouraged and prayed with him, and he began to trust the Lord to take care of him. At 21 years of age, Adam was able to graduate from his high school’s special education program. He landed a job at a local car dealership and in two months he was made employee of the month. He was hired full-time and earned enough to be able to afford an apartment. Adam gave the credit for his success to God.

Adam’s story is one of many successes made possible through the United Methodist Children’s Home, a ministry of North Alabama and Alabama-West Florida Conferences which helps thousands of children and family members through Babies First programs, therapeutic adoption referral and home studies services as well as through residential group homes for young people unable to live with their families for various reasons.

Advent is a season of preparation and waiting, when we are reminded that daily we await and are prepared for the return of the greatest gift the world has ever received, Jesus the Christ. We also make preparation to celebrate Christmas, a testimony that God came and lived among us as a vulnerable child. As we celebrate this holy season, relishing in God’s generosity, I invite churches to figuratively walk two miles. The first mile is to give generously in 2009 to apportionment and thereby support many ministries of the United Methodist Church. The second mile is to give directly to a ministry of the United Methodist Church including the United Methodist Children’s Home.

Each year, the UMCH provides opportunity for you to help this ministry through the White Christmas offerings. Click here to order materials for White Christmas, mission moment stories and bulletin inserts. You may also invite speakers to share about the ministries of UMCH at your local church or small group.

Thank you for generously supporting the United Methodist Children’s Home and other ministries of the United Methodist Church.

Richard L. Stryker, Superintendent of the Southeast District of the North Alabama Conference and board member of the United Methodist Children’s Home

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