The official date for Peace with Justice Sunday this year was June 11, and every United Methodist Church can work for justice and peace in their communities and around the world by giving through the Peace with Justice Sunday offering.
I invite you and your congregation to participate in this offering and be involved in a "hands on" approach to seek peace and justice!
In December, the Pacific Northwest Annual Conference Board of Church & Society fulfilled a commitment to award $3000 in Peace With Justice Funds to Nueva Ecija, a Home for Girls justice program in the Philippines. The monies was used to purchase a van that is needed to provide safe transport for girls seeking legal protection and services. Pastor Hubert Rigor shared these comments and a touching thank you letter from the Home's director below:
"Through God's grace, and with your kind assistance in facilitating the PNW Board of Church and Society Peace with Justice grant, together with some folks of Connell UMC, we raised enough fund to purchase the vehicle that the "Home for Girls" need, and was able to buy gifts for the 107 children. The children wrote their Christmas gift wish in advance, and we are able to provide exactly what they wish for."
Dear Brethren in Christ,
A warm greeting of Peace and Love!
On behalf of the family of the Regional Home for Girls in Palayan City, Nueva Ecija, Philippines and with a joyful heart, we would like to say our big "Thank You" for the financial help you have extended for the children under our care and protection and for granting their "wishes" this Christmas.
The financial help which we used to purchase a rebuilt minicab vehicle for bringing the sick girls to clinics/hospital, and or for attending to trials of court cases in the nearby Trial Courts will surely go a long way to giving hope and sweet smiles to our children-in care who have been inspired of your kindness, and to hope for a better life after the crisis they have experienced at their own home and in their community.
The children are also truly overjoyed upon receiving their "gifts" which have been their wishes to have since their young age. Words are not enough to express how thankful we are for bringing such wonderful smiles in the faces of the children we are caring for.
Again, thank you so much for the partnership you are now building which is very much valued and appreciated as we also want to serve humanity through this humble work of us with integrity.
May God richly bless you and everyone involved in this outreach work.
Very truly yours,
Emelita Cruz-Bolivar, Center Head
As God calls us to work together as a Conference Board of Church & Society, congregations, and community leaders with a vision for justice, may we celebrate this opportunity to share with others and make a difference in our communities, our nation, and our world!
Rev. Jim Davis, vice chairperson, PNW Conference Board of Church and Society
One of six churchwide Special Sundays with offerings of The United Methodist Church, Peace with Justice Sunday enables The United Methodist Church to have a voice in advocating for peace and justice through a broad spectrum of global programs. The special offering benefits peace with justice ministries in the annual conference and through the General Board of Church and Society.
When you give generously on Peace with Justice Sunday, you give The United Methodist Church a voice in advocating for global peace and justice. Give now.