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“And a little child shall lead them.”  There’s a pre-teen in Oklahoma who is the youngest member of her United Methodist church’s mission board and who has proven that you can make a difference at any age. 

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(Sound of news report) "Right now it does look like there is a tornado on the ground in southern portions of Joplin."

When deadly tornados cut a path through Oklahoma and Missouri in the spring of 2011, 10-year-old Hadley Davis felt for the survivors.

(Locator: Bartlesville, Oklahoma)

Hadley Davis: "Whenever I look at the pictures, it's mind-blowing because if you put yourself in their place and what they're going through. Some of them have lost their house. Some of them have lost their family members. It just crushes your heart and I wanted to give back to them so they would have enough money to fix up the place."

Hadley knew the victims would need more than just the contents of her piggy bank to get back on their feet. She needed to come up with a plan that would raise enough money to make a real difference.

Heather Davis: "We're the Davises and we're Hadley's parents. If somebody says 'We need this done,' her philosophy is then, 'Why can't we do it?'"

Hadley started a small jewelry company, selling the designs at her church, Oak Park United Methodist, in Bartlesville, Oklahoma.

(Women browsing jewelry)
"You're going to buy something aren't you?"
"I sure am. Are you?"
"Well I might just have to do that."
"You might just have to do that."
"This goes to mission?"

Heather Davis: "We started out with just earrings and in that first go around we raised $400."

Hadley gave all of the proceeds to the United Methodist Committee on Relief, through The Advance knowing the money would go directly to those affected by the storms.

Hadley Davis: "My customers get excited because it's a mission project and they know it's going for a good cause. And the reason I think I am an effective fund raiser is because no one can say no to a little kid."

(Customer to Hadley's sister) "Do you do anything?"

Briley Davis: "You don't have to be an adult to change the world. You can be any age to change the world me and my sister do that almost every day."

Hadley Davis: "If you want to get involved you can. You don't have to make jewelry. Let's say your talent is like good with animals and you would really probably want to do something with animals like maybe pet sit. It really doesn't matter what age you are 10&ellipsis; 34."

The Rev. David Stewart, Oak Park United Methodist Church: "When I first came as the pastor I recognized it was not going to be my job to inspire them to reach out. My job was going to be to keep up."

(Hadley counting money)

Hadley's enthusiasm and efforts continue. By giving money through The Advance, Hadley helps UMCOR stay prepared to respond to the next natural disaster anywhere in the world.

Heather Davis: "The big life lesson I want my kids to know about God's work is that he's going to put something in front of us and we need to respond to that need for our neighbors you know the next state over or the next country over and The Advance allows us to do that."

Hadley Davis: "Think of how much better our world would be if everybody just pitched in and helped just a little bit."


Gifts to The Advance support the work of 300 missionaries in 60 countries.

100% of all Advance giving goes to mission projects or a ministry selected by the donor. To learn more about missionaries and projects visit

Posted: August 9, 2012