Vincent UMC increases missional work

10/19/2012

Other than joint UMW projects with Harpersville UMC, Vincent First UMC had not adopted any mission projects in the last few years. Most mission emphasis had been reserved for individuals in need in or around the Vincent community.

October 2012 has been different. On October 7, VUMC joined AHMEN in the Christmas Shoebox Ministry to the children of Honduras.  Spurred and coached by Ivan, Joy and Pam Greene of Wilsonville UMC, the congregation packed 40 boxes to ship to Honduras. Mr. Greene, joint coordinator of shipping with his wife Joy, said Vincent exceeded his expectations of a first time participant in the Shoebox Ministry. A large quantity of items was sent with AHMEN representatives to be added to other churches boxes.

October also signaled a new area of ministry for Vincent UMC. Partnering with The Harvest Place Christian Church, a non-denominational church in Columbiana, Vincent UMC ministers in an area of prostitution in Birmingham. Using items donated including personal hygiene, medical, devotional material and gifts, the ministry shares the love of God with women and men in the sex trade of the inner city. One exciting aspect of this joint venture is the make-up of the congregations. The Harvest Place Christian Church is a predominantly African-American congregation and Vincent First is predominantly Caucasian. Rev. Betsy King of Vincent and Bishop Wales Williams Jr. of THPCC share a joint vision of breaking down racial, socio-economic, and denominational barriers that still exist in many churches today. 


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