Many people forget that for those students on free or reduced lunch during the school year, meals during summer vacation take a toll on the family. But one program hopes to address that. The first annual Smart Lunch, Smart Kid program was created to help the approximate 800,000 at-risk school-age children during the summer.
Isaiah Chote is the founder of the Child Action Initiative in the Democratic Republic of Congo. He’s dedicated his life to educating and caring for children orphaned by HIV-AIDS and war, as well as providing safe drinking water and teaching community farming. What’s best for children, Chote believes, is to strengthen an entire community. The United Methodist Church is proud to support Isaiah’s ministry that’s offering children and communities options for a better life.
He’s from Tennessee, but Abraham McIntyre, now in the Bahamas, is serving his neighbors through Bahamas Methodist Habitat and Outreach Ministry. The organization responds to natural disasters, including hurricanes, tornadoes, fire and flooding—in the Bahamas and beyond—as well as substandard housing throughout the Bahamas. He observes, “You may be the only Christ that somebody sees.”
Learn more about their work and how to get involved, here.
When Casey Squires was stuck in poverty, and burdened with depression, a circle of support from the United Methodist Church—through “The Table,” at the Wesley Campus Ministry at Arizona State University—rallied around her. Although Casey is, herself, agnostic, she reports that she felt deeply respected by these new friends who prayed for her and supported her. When we say that we think the church should go to you, this is what we mean.