ministry result from store fire
Tragedy struck the
island of Utila, off the coast of Honduras, last Dec. 20 when a deadly fire destroyed the
largest grocery store on the island. Several people were injured, some severely, and food
prices rose across the island.
From the minute the fire started, members of the Mizpah Methodist and
Cays churches have been involved in ministry to those affected.
"A lot of the response is supporting them [victims]," said
the Rev. Jeff Bennett, a member of the Florida Conference serving as the churches'
missionary pastor. "First and foremost, we support them in our prayers."
|Board nominates lay leader
Conference's Board of Lay Ministry last month named T. Terrell Sessums as its nominee for
conference lay leader to replace Mary Alice Massey, who is completing her second and final
two-year term this May.
"My vision is to continue the momentum
and help the church
reach more people and be active in Christian service," Sessums said. Full Story
|Ministry struggles to help
16,000 Haitians live in Ft. Pierce, many of them refugees from the reign of dictator
François "Papa Doc" Duvalier or the military coup against President
Jean-Bertrand Aristide. Most of them work six months out of the year in the citrus groves
or packinghouses, and the literacy rate is only about 20 percent.
Despite the difficulties, the Rev. Luc Dessieux and the 300 members of
the United Methodist Haitian Mission have been ministering to this community for 10 years.
"Our first responsibility is to preach the gospel and save as many
souls as we can," he said. "And through some difficulties, we try to see how we
can do social services to keep the community moving."
|Refugees find home in Florida
Hector Borroto spent more than seven years in a Cuban prison for
speaking out against the government of President Fidel Castro. "He was charged with
crimes against the power of the state," said Virginia Finale, a caseworker with
Church World Services (CWS) and member of Wesley Hispanic United Methodist Church in
With those years behind him, Borroto and his family are living in
Florida, and much of what they have now was achieved through help from the Hispanic
American United Methodist Church in Miami, according to family members. Full Story
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