Bicentennial Celebration of Missions
For more than 200 years, Methodists have put their faith into action through mission work across the globe. Methodists from all continents have engaged in mission work that has transformed the world through the “work of justice, alleviate suffering; build peace; heal the sick; empower women; train leaders; and witness to the kingdom of God.” We are excited that we have partnered with God in this redemptive story through our mission work.
The Missionary Society was formed in New York City, April 5, 1819, in response to the work of a John Stewart, a freeborn African American, among the Wyandote Native American people in Ohio. This year’ bicentennial celebration recognizes the mission work that has been done over the years. Mission work has unified Methodists in playing their part in God’s story.
We are thankful for mission societies that have opened doors to the mission work as we experience it today. The United Methodist Women are also celebrating 150 years of being in mission across the globe. In 1869, women in the Methodist Episcopal Church joined together to form the Women’s Foreign Missionary Society. United Methodist Women organization continues to be a strong and significant group in mission work that has transformed the world.
As we celebrate God’s mission work across the globe, the North Alabama Conference has been part of this great work through mission work as districts, local churches, organizations, and individuals. Many have engaged in mission work through mission journeys, work advocacy, responding to disasters through UMCOR, financial support, and many other acts of mercy.
North Alabama, as a conference, would like to celebrate with you in the mission work that your congregation or organization has engaged in. You can share your mission stories through an article or a short video. These will be shared through our conference website. Send your mission stories to firstname.lastname@example.org by April 25, 2019.