Tuesday, November 15, 2011

What are you serving for Thanksgiving Dinner?

By this time you may be thinking about Thanksgiving Dinner as it just about a week away.  Will you have turkey… ham?  I know some people in Lebanon County have stuffed pig stomach.  On the eastern shore some families serve oysters and crabs.  What you eat is not the main point of Thanksgiving of course.  The giving of thanks to God is the center of this national observance.  As we give thanks we should always be "living" thanks by acts of compassion and sacrifice.  Why not give to the Agricultural Project in the Central Congo Conference of the United Methodist Church?

Last year a team of Congolese farmers were trained at an agriculture school in Zambia, run by missionary Paul Webster. Volunteers in Mission from the Pen-Del Conference assisted with this training. These new farmers are doing some amazing work now in the Congo but they need help to continue to train people and to establish more farms.  This is critically important in order to feed people as well as become a source of income.  The Congo is slowly recovering from years of civil war and food is scarce.  Our Congo Partnership that includes the Eastern PA and the Peninsula Delaware Conferences, have provided $15,000 for start up funds.  We need to raise at least $25,000 for the next phase of the project.  If everyone would donate to the Congo Partnership this Thanksgiving that project could feed so many people.  Just imagine the blessing of adding the Democratic Republic of the Congo to your Thanksgiving guest list this year!!  You can do so by donating.  Send funds to the following places:

Eastern PA Annual Conference
c/o Rev. David Ryan
Hopeland UM Church
295 N. Clay Road
Lititz, PA  17543

Peninsula-Delaware Annual Conference
139 N. State Street
Dover, DE  19901

Be sure to write "Congo Partnership Agriculture Project" on the memo line when you donate.

The Agriculture Project Powerpoint (click on the blue link to download) can be shown at your churches and it further illustrates the incredible need and that wonderful progress.  Happy Thanksgiving Philadelphia Area!  We are blessed in order that we might be a blessing.

Bishop Peggy A. Johnson

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