Sunflower UMC Becomes Delta Mission Hub

4/17/2013

 

By Rev. Veronica Pritchard, 
pastor of Sunflower-Moorehead Charge

 

The POWER of We has been strong in the Mississippi Delta. Sunflower United Methodist Church is a small membership church with a big passion to serve Christ. They believe that Mark FunderburkGod is calling them to renovate their facilities to be a hub enabling mission teams from all over the United States to reach out to those in need in the Mississippi Delta.

 

Renovating 18,000 square-feet of a building that has been damaged from years of a leaking roof might seem to be an overwhelming task for a congregation of less than 20, but they have found that connectionalism is the strength of The United Methodist Church and have partnered with other churches in order to fulfill the calling placed before them.

 

On March 8, 2013, a mission team from the Epworth Project of Aldersgate United Methodist Church in Slidell, Louisiana joined with the Wesley Foundation of the 

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(Photo above and photo above right) Hands busy at work for mission hub Delta Grace. 

Mississippi University for Women in Columbus, Mississippi to begin re-roofing the entire building. The Epworth Project is a mission hub in Slidell that Sunflower UMC is modeling their project after, and has committed to one year of partnering to help see this hub up and running.

 

On April 13, 2013, Greenwood District Mission Coordinator, Rev. Stephan Sparks of First Indianola UMC, organized a district-wide work day. Six churches joined the members of Sunflower UMC and worked on removing the ceilings, pressure washing, picking up roof debris and painting the Fellowship Hall.

 

Once the renovations are completed the mission of Delta Grace will begin.   Delta Grace will be a full service mission experience for youth, college students, families, church groups and adults of all ages. They will provide housing, cooking facilities, tools, equipment, project management, and mission opportunities to fit the needs of almost any group. Their prayer is that the volunteers will transform the lives of those they serve, and in turn their lives will be transformed. Mission teams will be working on homes of many who have lost hope and do not know what tomorrow brings.

 

The goal is to complete the renovations and schedule the first mission teams for Delta Grace by Fall 2013. Join in on this POWER of We by praying for this new and exciting ministry, financially supporting this mission and being one of the first to schedule a mission trip to Delta Grace. For more information contact Rev. Veronica Pritchard at 662-466-2167 or like the Facebook page: Delta Grace.