Siblings in Christ and in community, I am writing to you with greetings from near Epworth, England, the birthplace of John and Charles Wesley, the founders of the Methodist movement. I'm here with several other United Methodist pastors from throughout the country (and the Philippines and Kenya), learning more about both the Wesleys and about the development of disciples in the Wesleyan tradition. I look forward to sharing more about what I am learning with you in the weeks and months to come.
The coming weeks will see Mission trips being taken by both youth and adults from the Keystone and Revolution churches. Next weekend members of our youth group will be leaving to do mission work in Steubenville, Ohio. Then, on August 4th, 12 participants from both Keystone and Revolution will be travelling to Puerto Rico to participate in reconstruction work in the wake of hurricane Maria.
Many of you have asked how you can help support these missions even if you are not called to be travelling on the mission teams. It is important that we remember that these missions are not taken on behalf of the individuals who are travelling, nor on behalf of the church, but rather that it is God's mission in which we are all invited to be participants -- as Christ in the world.
In that spirit, here are some ways in which you can help. Above all else, I'd like you to be in prayer. Please pray for those in Puerto Rico and Ohio and all of God's creation who are in need of the restoration provided by the love of Christ as shown to the Holy Spirit. Pray for the friends and families of those who will be travelling on the mission trips, that even when loved ones are absent, all may be United in God's eternal love. Finally, please hold in prayer the members of our mission teams, who are listed below.
Youth Mission Team:
Steven Burr, Kelly Hansen, Stacy Smith and the youth: Jacob, Zach, Coleman, Ashton, Lilli, Sophie, and Cody
Puerto Rico Mission Team:
Pastor Steve Jones, Carroll Constant, Eric Smith, Patrick Hogan, Sandy Bradt, Susanne Jenner, Michelle Twitty, Daniel Grubbs, Sarah Johnson, Traci Keck, Alex Sinclair and Madeline Sinclair.
You can also provide general support financially. In the coming weeks, you may make donations to the trips by sharing an offering check that indicates it is for Puerto Rico support or the Youth Group. You can also send an online donation accompanied by an email to the church office indicating that your donation is for Puerto Rico or the youth.
Finally, you can provide very specific support by purchasing one or more of the items in the Amazon wish list linked below. Once you have purchased the item online, it will be shipped to the site in Puerto Rico. You will note that there are some large-ticket items, like power drills, and some lower-cost items like small building supplies. These items will be used both by our mission team as well as by other teams from Missouri who are participating in this project in Puerto Rico.
Amazon Wish List
Through your continued support in service, funding and prayer, you continue to be the hands and feet of Christ in service to a world in need. Thanks be to God!
Grace and Peace,
Pastor Steve Jones