Cokes Chapel United Methodist Church is taking a fresh approach to its annual stewardship campaign when Abundant Joy is launched October 6. The church will collect monies to help Liberdade United Methodist Church (Liberdade) located in Mozambique, Africa, to buy Bibles and hymnals. “I believe Miracles for Mozambique is a mission everyone will rally around and support,” said Dr. Mark Jordan, Pastor of Cokes Chapel United Methodist Church.
“My prayer is that Miracles for Mozambique will bring hope to many in our church and community.” said Reverend Joao (John) Sambo. “As a pastor, this mission inspires me and reminds that I am not alone on this journey.” Reverend Sambo said most of the church’s 1,200 members are literate, but few have the money to buy a Bible or hymnal. Mozambique is a country rich in natural resources, but many of its citizens earn the equivalent of less than $3,000 United States Dollars annually making it one the poorest countries in the industrialized world.
“While budgets and bills are important, sharing and shining the love of Christ is absolutely essential. The mission of the church is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world,” said Dr. Jordan. He also said the entire congregation is asked to forgo non-essential purchases in order to assist with the effort. “Our goal is to raise $2,000 in October for the mission; I am confident we can do it.”
“Please convey our gratitude on behalf of the members of Liberdade to everyone who is joining hands in this project,” said Reverend Sambo. While Reverend Sambo and Dr. Jordan have never met, they are united in the belief that the love of Christ breaks down barriers and binds all believers together through faith.
“Cokes Chapel United Methodist is humbled and grateful to serve churches here in the community but also churches and communities around the world,” said Dr. Jordan. The church also supports a mission team located in South Africa as part of its international missions outreach.
The community is also encouraged to Be Part of the Miracle by supporting the mission project. Donations should be earmarked “Miracles for Mozambique” and all funds will be directed toward the purchases. For more information about this mission or other missions, please call the church office at (770) 253.6052 or visit the website at www.cokeschapel.org.