Missions

I Don’t Want to Hear About It

I have just about quit watching the local or national news, or even trying to keep up with all the negative news stories that come in on my news apps on a daily basis. I am so tired of hearing so many sad, heartbreaking, and tragic stories that it often leads me to say, “I…

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What is a Disaster?

What comes to mind when you hear the word “disaster”? Most of us think about tornadoes, hurricanes, or earthquakes – big events that overwhelm a region or community. However, our recent snowstorm got me thinking — what is a disaster? I had friends and neighbors who were “overwhelmed” by the snow. While most streets were…

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Mt. Bethel Ministries Recognized

Amid all the activities and celebrations of this season, two amazing ministries at Mt. Bethel, Called to Care and Habitat for Humanity, were publicly recognized for serving the local community in tangible and meaningful ways. Called to Care is a ministry that supports and promotes fostering and adopting children. Our partner agency, FaithBridge Foster Care,…

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Coming Home to my India Church Family

Home. I never thought I could call another country home, but I see now how that is possible. As I walked into church Sunday in Hyderabad, I was greeted with shouts of, “Welcome home, Dr. Whitney!” I was filled with warmth and joy as I sang a familiar hymn in Telugu with my friends (and…

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Update From the ILI Women’s Conference

Greetings from Bhubaneswar! As soon as Sue Stone and I arrived for the ILI conference, it became apparent the Lord had come ahead of us. We were expecting 45 women from the Orrisa area, but the National Leaders’ phones were ringing off the hook. “We have more coming,” they said! The Lord has brought over…

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Caring Cases Update

With the holiday season around the corner, opportunities to give our prayers, presence, gifts, service, and witness have already started presenting themselves. Debbie Mattocks and her devoted team of volunteers are pouring their presence, gifts, and service into Caring Cases, which provides handmade pillowcases for children admitted to the Children’s Hospital of Atlanta. For Debbie…

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The World Is My Classroom

Our world has quickly moved into the digital age, and along with it come opportunities to influence the world for Christ. The founder of the Methodist movement, John Wesley, wrote in his journal, “I see the whole world as my parish.” Now more than ever that is indeed possible through technology. I have taught online…

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The Gospel is Spreading in Hard to Reach Places! (Part 2)

Last week I sent out an email sharing about how Mt. Bethel UMC is supporting and training leaders in India and Nigeria through International Leadership Institute (check out last week’s blog). Now that the conferences are over, I wanted to send a brief update about some of the fruit we can already see in the…

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