Wednesday, November 28, 2018

40 Years Of Impact

Season’s Greetings to you and yours this Thanksgiving and Christmas season.  Thanksgiving is a time when we often reflect on the impact of family, friends and blessings from the previous year.  Likewise, as we approach Christmas, we also reflect on the impact that Christ had, and still has, on our world.


During this time of thanksgiving, I always think about the impact that U.M. ARMY has had during the previous year.  As we celebrate our 40th year of mission camps, we continue to reflect on all that God has accomplished, and continues to accomplish, through the people and ministry of U.M. ARMY.


In our 40 years, we have recorded the completion of 40,577 individual home repair projects serving homeowners, that were once simply clients, but are now considered treasured friends.  This year our theme was “In Relationship” and it is through relationships built within the connectional ministry of the United Methodist Church that we have held 1,289 mission weeks in host communities across 19 States; Arkansas, Alabama, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Mississippi, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Texas, Virginia and Vermont.  We have had group registrations from 5,034 participating churches from each of the above listed states plus a half dozen more.  Since 1979, we have recorded attendance of 99,979 participants to U.M. ARMY.  That is impacting!


What started in Athens, Texas in 1979 was truly special.  This year we celebrate not only the work that has been done, but more importantly, the relationships that we are called to through the bonds of Christ that continue to grow through our ministry and His service.


As you remember and reflect upon the reasons you are thankful this holiday season, I hope you will add a word of thanks to God for the work, calling, and ministry of U.M. ARMY.  As you do so, please consider how you can help this organization to have even more impact in the coming year.  If you did not recently get the first quarterly newsletter, please contact us with your email address.  In the first newsletter, you will find many ways to serve and to give. I pray you will consider doing both.


I am thankful for each of you and for the opportunity to be In Relationship with you!


Brian Smith