By Pat Marsh
Mission is the heart of Missouri’s United Methodist Women reported Kathy Rolen, president, as she outlined the year’s events.
The first mission project of the year focuses on sponsoring awareness activities to fight human trafficking, “a horrible human rights disease,” she explained.
This is followed in March by the Legislative Training event designed to foster learning and enrichment about the legislative system and promote adequate laws for women, children and youth.
In April, several from Missouri attended the UMW Assembly in Louisville, KY, which brings together women from around the world for fellowship and spiritual formation.
Registration is still open for this year’s Mission U, planned July 24-27 at Central Methodist University. Learning Together for Transformation of the World is based on 1 John 3:18. The study areas are The Roma of Europa, How It Is with Your Soul, and The Church and People with Disabilities. There are activities for all age groups – women, men, youth and children. Applications are available on-line or at the UMW booth here.
Another area of mission focus is the Green Team which encourages recycling and other “green” activities.
The annual UMW Mission Walk was Sunday morning, rain or shine, to raise funds for mission. Mission outreach projects include Midwest Mission Distribution Center, Project Patricia, Food Pantries, Della Lamb Epworth, Lessie Bates Center, and Spofford Home
and Susanna Wesley Center.
In addition the group collects prayers shawls to be sent all over the world.