A Moment for Mission
“For [God] has made with me an everlasting covenant, ordered in all things and secure. Will he not cause to prosper all my help and my desire?” -- 2 Samuel 23:5b, NRSV
Today we are learners. Our course of study is United Methodist Student Day 101.
Celebrated next week – the last Sunday in November – this churchwide Special Sunday offering benefits financially challenged students eager to attend college.
United Methodists send students into the world prepared to live a life of meaning and service. Whether they preach, teach, tackle world health problems, revitalize communities or advocate for human rights, our church offers a hand to struggling students.
We often hear comments like these:
- ”This scholarship helped give me the ability to attend St. Ambrose University, Davenport, Iowa, which kept me living close to home. I’m an intern at my home church. I go back every Wednesday to help lead youth group. It’s a great experience, and it’s helped bring me even closer to God." – Catherine Bettag.
- “There are so many United Methodists students who want to go to college,” Amanda replied, “but [they] don’t have financial resources to do so. They should have an opportunity to make that happen.” -- Amanda Bruner
- “That I’ve been chosen for this scholarship means the church sees something in me that they like,” he said, “and I’m excited to show them they made the right decision!” -- Dylan Parson
Next Sunday we will celebrate United Methodist Student Day. Please come with open minds and giving hearts.
Loving God, often I take the dreams of others for granted. Please open my mind and heart to those who deserve opportunities to improve their lives. Thank you for another chance to share the gifts you have given me. Amen
United Methodist Student Day is one way the church encourages prospective college students to believe that anything is possible with God’s help. Because of their financial lot in life, young people often miss opportunities to grow beyond economic hardships. Sometimes, they inherit obstacles to improving the quality of life.
What is the likelihood that a high school senior earning $8 an hour at a fast-food restaurant can afford tuition at college? How can a 17-year-old with two non-working, alcoholic parents afford nursing school? How can a young mother with two babies afford an education that will allow her a fresh start?
United Methodist Student Day turns lives around. Our gifts provide scholarship funds for United Methodist college, university and graduate students who show promise, eagerness to learn and leadership qualities that may change the world.
Before Sunday, do a little homework on how education is essential to breaking the vicious cycle of poverty. The results of your empathy and action can be a testimony to your willingness to transform lives.