1 John 3:16-24 “By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers. But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brothers in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him? Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth.”


When I was asked to be missions coordinator I was excited and scared at the same time. Excited, because Christ comissioned us to love and help one another, so this was an opportunity for me to feel a larger part of that ministry. Additionally, our church’s example of reaching out to people in need draws others to Christ. O’Fallon First United Methodist Church’s missions have a positive influence in our community and the world at large. Yet, at the same time, I was scared about this leadership role because I had never served on a missions committee. I was worried that I might not be capable of doing a good job as missions coordinator and it is so important for our mission efforts to be successful.


I have much to learn. One thing that I have already learned is that, although I knew our congregation was a generous one, I had no idea how many missions we support. There are 27 missions which recieved $1,000.00 or more from our church. Our congregation gave $147, 475.00 to missions in 2015! Our committee’s hope is to inform our congregation in various ways about some of the important missions as this year progresses. We hope to continue many of the current missions and have a few exciting ideas about new ones. I feel confident that with the amazing team of people on the missions committee we will be able to accomplish great things. I know that God will be beside us during this journey and, with God, we know all things are possible.


Linda Gruchala

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