Our Grace United Methodist Food Pantry is staffed by volunteers from Trinity UM Church and provides food assistance to residents of Blackford County. Clients may visit the pantry once each month. The pantry is open on Sundays from 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm each Sunday. The pantry is located in the Hope House directly North of the church. For more information contact the church office at (765) 348-2801.
Mission to Jamaica
Each year, Grace United Methodist Church has offered mission opportunities. Not only do we love to support our missionaries, we also love to travel to various mission sites and minister to the local people. Iris Yeager and Ted Leas led a Jamaica Mission Team last year. Pastor Ron reported that his slideshow "opens with a photo of the Mission House where we stayed but features our work building a house for a homeless man and a few photos from one of the schools we visited. There are also a few photos early on that show the blue tarped chicken coup our recipient was sleeping in before we arrived." The team returned home in the early hours of June 9. (Mouse over photo to find "play" and enjoy.)
Mission to Jamaica: Caring for Two Lovely Children
It is official. We as a church have been given two children to support not only with finances but also with encouragement. A short biography of each one follows.
JAYVAUN is in grade 5. He lives with his mother and has 5 siblings. His favorite subject is Language Arts. His favorite activities are reading and writing and his dream is to be a pilot or the Prime Minister. MONARAE is in grade 4. She lives with her dad and her mom. Her favorite subject is mathematics. Her favorite activity is "playing school" and her dream is to become a nurse..
These children live in a rural community where unemployment is very high. Some families have a hard time sending their children to school every day so some children may only attend several days per week. Many children must ride a taxi or two in order to get to their school in the St. Mary Parish, Jamaica. There is also a cost for school uniforms, school shoes, school supplies and books, lunches, etc. Your assistance is a wonderful gift that will help these three students get the education they deserve.
Christian Service International cares for transferring our gifts to the children's families. Our support level for amounts to $30 per month for each child. Our correspondence of letters to and from Jamaica is cared for CSI and Ron Storms, retired pastor and correspondent.