PIM Donations by Giving Tuesday matched 50%

Our Partners in Mission (PIM) appeal that funds so many amazing mission projects is happening now. How are these funds used? Read Carrie Morse’s words below that she shared recently.

All of your PIM donations between now and Giving Tuesday (December 3, 2019) will be matched at 50%. If we raise $30,000 between now and that time, we will receive the full $15,000 matching gift from one of our donors!

Let’s see what God might do through us in missions this season!

Donate Now!  Please designate your donation for “Partners in Mission.”

How are these funds used? Read Carrie Morse’s words below that she shared recently.

Good Morning!

Last week I was in Detroit at the Mittens for Detroit office and the founder and executive director, Wendy (who you’ll meet in Fellowship Hall) shared a story with me. She had a table at an event and was approached by an attendee who looked at her Mittens for Detroit table and then looked at her and asked, “why should I care?”

I’ve been thinking a lot about this story and what the woman said to Wendy. “Why should I care?”

Twice a year someone from the Missions Committee comes before this congregation and asks for money for the Partners in Mission Campaign. Today is that day. There’s even a special envelope in your bulletin today for the campaign. But perhaps you might be wondering yourself, “why should I care?” or “Where does this PIM money go?”

The money that is raised through the Partners in Mission Campaign has a tremendous impact. Because of the PIM Campaign:

  • Children who have a parent who is incarcerated received Christmas gifts and a meal through Angel Tree.
  • Residents of Detroit who are without a home found peace and expressed their creativity through Art & Soul.
  • People in Pontiac were given food, clothing and hope at the Baldwin Center.
  • The Redford Brightmoor Initiative touched 100’s of lives through their Free Store, Community Meals, One Stop Shop and the many other ways they make life better in the Brightmoor neighborhood.
  • Cass Community Social Services built Tiny Homes, provided job training, built solar powered generators, provided meals, grew produce in semi-trailers and continued to make a difference in 1000’s of lives in Detroit.
  • Methodist Children’s Home Society provided care to the children who need it most and grew in incredible ways that we’re so excited to hear about.
  • Micah 6. This is perhaps one of the best stories of the year. You can learn more about Micah 6 in Fellowship Hall by talking to Coleman, their founder and Executive Director. But what I will tell you is that we went there for our November Monthly Mission last year. Mike Stephens, who worships in the CLC was so blown away by what they’re doing that he kept going back to volunteer. He didn’t stop there though. He came to the Missions Committee and said, “this needs to be one of our church’s core missions.” Guess what? Now they are! Thanks to Mike and many other people’s passion, we are helping Micah 6 transform a community in Pontiac.
  • Since October 2018, we have been the hands and feet of Christ in our community by volunteering once a month at a different organization through our Monthly Missions program. Many of those organizations are in Fellowship Hall today. Money from PIM went to buy food when we served meals or to help further these organizations’ missions.
  • In August, we opened our church doors to South Oakland Shelter and made their clients feel at home for a week.
  • In Northern Michigan, our friends from Spirit Journey worked with vulnerable youth to help them feel a strong sense of ethnic identity while enriching their lives in many ways.
  • Leaving Michigan, a group of Birmingham First women went to Henderson Settlement in Kentucky and provided a top-notch enrichment experience for the children in a community ravaged by intense poverty none of us can even imagine.
  • Wells were built in Sneedville, Tennessee for people who have never had running water in their lives. Kids were given the chance to go to summer camp and leave Sneedville for the first time ever. A Women’s Group was able to form to support the women in another community that is impoverished.
  • In Costa Rica, our youth helped to finish a much-needed parsonage.
  • In Cuba, we continue to build bridges between two communities that have been historically divided.
  • In the Czech Republic, we help provide shelter and hope to women and children who are victims of abuse.
  • In Haiti, we do so many things. We have built buildings. We provide much-needed medical care. We make sure children get to go to school. We provide love and care to people who need it most.

That’s where the Partners in Mission money goes. And the amazing thing is, at Birmingham First – we don’t ask the question, “why should I care?” We say, “this is why I care and how I show that I care” and put action into that answer.”

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All of your PIM donations between now and Giving Tuesday (December 3, 2019) will be matched at 50%. If we raise $30,000 between now and that time, we will receive the full $15,000 matching gift from one of our donors!

Let’s see what God might do through us in missions this season!

Donate Now!

Designate your gift as “Partners in Mission”