Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Making God’s Love Real

It doesn’t take a plane ticket for the outreach of Hyde Park United Methodist Church to travel far beyond the state of Florida.

Although the Tampa church frequently organizes overseas mission trips, they have found other ways of “making God’s love real” around the world by partnering with The Upper Room.

“Our church has a real heart for missions not only in Tampa and the United States, but—thanks to our partnership with The Upper Room—around the world,” said Rev. Vicki Walker, Hyde Park’s Minister of Mission and Outreach.

Activities in the Fellowship Hall on February 10th illustrated the church’s commitment to local and global mission. 

While church members cleaned up from the breakfast served each Sunday to neighbors in need, representatives from thirty different community and global ministries, set up displays for the annual church Missions Celebration. 

Attending on behalf of The Upper Room, Dale Rust Waymack, Director of International Ministries, observed people engaged with a wide range of outreach ministries: local efforts like scouting and after-school tutoring as well as global missions like Heifer International and The Upper Room.

“We are here to say ‘thank you,’ for what Hyde Park members have done for Upper Room Ministries,” said Waymack.

Since 2003, when Hyde Park UMC became the second church to join The Upper Room Church Partners in International Ministry program, members have raised over $45,000 to help grow and sustain the worldwide translation and distribution of the daily devotional guide.

Generous support from Hyde Park makes it possible for more people in Cuba, Bulgaria, and Africa to have copies of the devotional in their own language.

Rev. James Harnish, Senior Pastor of Hyde Park UMC, says partnering with The Upper Room “has deepened our faith and helped us feel more deeply connected with brothers and sisters in radically different places.”

Thank You, Hyde Park United Methodist Church, for “making God’s love real!”

 Hyde Park United Methodist Church (Tampa, Florida)