Central United Methodist Church of Decatur AL
Mission of the Month

Legos and prayers for Romania

 -Kathy Littrell, Missions Chair
   For the month of April, we have the opportunity to support the mission work of Justin and Sarah White, who have been missionaries in Constanta, Romania (on the Black Sea), for over ten years. While in Constanta, the Whites have established several ministries including a church, a coffeehouse/restaurant geared toward youth and young adult, an outreach center for families, the elderly and the homeless, as well as a children’s camp called Camp Dumbraveni. Approximately 150 children from the nearby villages will be attending Camp Dumbraveni this year, and they want to use LEGOs to teach the children Gospel stories. LEGOs are extremely expensive to buy in Romania, and very few children, especially those from the villages, are afforded the opportunity to play with them. Many of the children they will be ministering to are from Turkish Muslim families. These children enjoy hanging around the church and the outreach center. They are very open to hearing the gospel and LEGOS are a great way to get their attention and teach them about Jesus. The LEGOs do NOT need to be new, or a set; any old LEGO will do. The Whites will use the donated pieces to create and illustrate many different Bible stories. What a fun way to support the teaching of the Gospel and teach your children about giving in the process! Please place all LEGOs in the box by the receptionist desk.
Prayer For Workers in Romania
   In both the gospels of Matthew and Luke, Jesus instructs his disciples to pray for the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into the vast harvest field of the world. This month we want to pray for the harvest field of Romania, a former Communist nation, made up of about 20 million people. The overwhelming majority of Romanians identify with the Eastern Orthodox Church, with Catholics, Protestants, and Muslims being in the minority. Although the majority of Romanians claim to be Orthodox, there is still a lot of work to be done. Forty years of living under communist rule has taken its toll, with few Romanians knowing of the transforming love and power of Jesus Christ. Romania currently has the highest poverty rate in the European Union, with nearly 40 percent of the people living in poverty, especially those who live in small communities or villages.
   The greatest opposition to church planting in the country comes both from the government and from the Orthodox Church who have historically worked together to oppose mission work. Since 2011, only three UMC churches have been planted and they are still in their infancy, with pastors needing to be trained and worship locations secured. Workers are currently needed to evangelize and to start home groups and bible studies as well as to provide humanitarian aid to Romania’s most vulnerable - teen orphans, the elderly, and the Roma (gypsy) community which is the second largest in the European Union.


“Undie” Sunday is back!

-Kathy Littrell, Missions Chair

   April 14 (Palm Sunday) will also be “Undie” Sunday for Central UMC! Our last Undie Sunday was in October, and was a huge success! The Neighborhood Christian Center is in need again of new underwear. So as you go out to buy new Easter clothes remember to pick up a pair of underwear to donate to someone in need right here in our community. Please purchase the gender and size underwear you wear. This ensures that we will collect a wide range of undies!
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Sunday, 14 April 2019

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