The Weaver First UMC (Cheaha District) celebrated Thanksgiving by giving to help further ministry in Honduras.
During an Alabama Honduran Medical Education Network (AHMEN) conference at the Servants in Faith and Technology (SIFAT) site near Wedowee on November 13, 2012, Weaver First UMC Lay Leader Steve Kilgore presented a $1,750 check on behalf of the congregation to Dan Isbell, president of Cruzadas Del Evangelio. Cruzadas Del Evangelio has planted more than 300 churches across Honduras and also works with other organizations such as AHMEN to provide medical/dental/veterinarian care, vocational education programs, building projects, and the Christmas shoebox outreach.
Kilgore, a veteran of nine mission trips to Honduras, had raised the money from the Weaver First membership in anticipation of another mission trip.
“As Thanksgiving approached, and with charitable giving down, we saw this as an opportunity to put these funds to work now rather than later,” said Rev. Mike Brinkman, pastor of Weaver First UMC. “A corrupt infrastructure and drug cartel violence has made Christian mission work increasingly more difficult in Honduras. The need for a strong and practical Christian witness there is greater than ever.”