Videos highlight ways God is faithful
During the 2022 South Georgia Annual Conference session, attendees watched videos highlighting areas in the South Georgia Conference that are thriving and vital and ways our South Georgia United Methodists are faithfully serving their communities and one another.
Ministry Moment Snapshots
Through several Ministry Moment Snapshots led by Anne Bosarge, Director of Leadership Strategies and Local Church Resources, the Conference was able to see the fruit of God’s faithfulness in various ways throughout the South Georgia Conference.
- Camp Connect: Camp Director Suzanne Akins shared the ways the Camp Connect Leadership Team prepared for a spirit-filled summer camp season. The camp lead team joined Akins on the video to highlight ways they planned and prepared for the 600+ summer campers.
- Disaster Response: Kelly Crane, Coastal district disaster response coordinator, shared opportunities South Georgia United Methodists have to serve and bring hope to those in times of crisis and disaster. “When we have storms, we come together. We come together and we serve. That’s what brings me hope.”
- Mission Spotlight: Rev. Garth Duke-Barton shared how he’s seen God’s faithfulness in and through the work of mission and ministry locally and around the world.
- Justice Ministries: Bishop David Graves and Rev. Abra Lattany-Reed talked about moving forward in making racial justice a priority in our conference. “Let’s hear the voices of other people and be quicker to listen than to speak,” Bishop Graves said. “If we can get to a better place today there’s hope for tomorrow.” It’s time to quit writing statements, he said. And while it’s a lifetime process, we can have conversations with people who are different, we can engage with others, we can create an environment that is conducive for those who want to do the work. Rev. Lattany-Reed would like congregations to commit to pray for awareness, healing, and reconciliation. “Prayer changes everything. We can start that now,” she said.
- Hispanic/Latino Ministries: Rev. David Thompson, Rev. Jorge Moreno, and Rev. Isaac Salgado shared about our Hispanic Ministries in South Georgia. “I believe we have a lot of things in common,” said Rev. Moreno, in Spanish, translated into English via Rev. Salgado. “I think we also have a great depth, a cultural richness, and I think we can share more of that (with one another). I believe that if the local churches would allow us to be more involved in your ministries and our churches allow you to be more involved in our ministries our work together would be efficient. I believe that with a covenant of prayer we can go out from our churches to the marketplaces to reach the lost. It needs to be in prayer. I believe that we need to show the world the unity of the people called Methodist because our unity in Christ is what makes a difference.
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