thanksgiving appeal


November 2021


2021 has been another difficult year. Even so we still have many blessings for which to give thanks to God. Thanksgiving is also a good time to remember others who are less fortunate with our gifts. Four organizations will receive the proceeds from the Thanksgiving Offering: JUST of DuPage, the Cookson Hills Center, Heifer International and the Global Mission Secondary School in Tanzania.

The goal of JUST of DuPage (Justice, Understanding, Service and Teaching) is to meet the needs of the DuPage County Jail inmates and their families. Since 1986 JUST has been a key resource providing programs focused on SPIRITUAL ENRICHMENT using staff and volunteer chaplains, ADDICTION RECOVERY support, education and VOCATIONAL programs and REENTRY AND LIFE SKILLS. JUST’s staff of seven and more than 125 volunteers strive to share God’s love with the inmates to empower them to make positive changes in their lives. The organization is considered to be a valuable resource by the Sheriff’s Department.

For 68 years the Cookson Hills Center has served a mostly Cherokee population in three of the four poorest counties in Oklahoma. Poverty is systemic—38% of children and 38% of the elderly go to bed hungry. The Center provides services including support of seven cottage industries to provide employment. These include sewing, T-shirt printing, crafts, doormats made from recycled tires, hand-made pottery, and homemade jellies and preserves. Other services are substance abuse programs, day care assistance for seniors and children, youth programs, a thrift store, a food pantry, a craft co-op, home repair, counseling, and emergency assistance for housing. The mission wants more people in the area to know they are valued and to become self-reliant and self-determined. Its hope is for more resources – less addiction and less hate.

Heifer International has been working for 77 years with communities to end hunger and poverty and to care for the earth. Its gifts of livestock and training bring nutritious food to tables that had been empty, send children to school who never thought they would learn to read, and transform struggling farmers into small business owners. A cornerstone of the program is that a family that receives an animal is expected to give its first female offspring to another family and to share the training it received. Currently Heifer is working with farmers and communities in 21 countries as they mobilize and envision their futures, provide training so they can improve the quantity and quality of the goods they produce, and connections to market to increase sales and incomes. These efforts link farmers to technologies to improve production and help them manage and scale their businesses, provide targeted financial support to farmers, and facilitate values-based partnerships that focus on social, environmental, and financial returns to assist growth and scaling of businesses.

This is the third year HUMC is designating the Global Mission Secondary School in Tanzania to be a recipient of the Thanksgiving Offering. It was initially recommended by our pastor, Young-Mee Park. Located on the outskirts of Dar es Salaam, it is a Christian, English-medium, co-educational boarding school affiliated with the United Methodist Church of Tanzania. A generous donation by an HUMC member last Thanksgiving will fund the school library building. The school has been open for almost a year with classrooms and a dormitory operational. After some delay due to Covid and other circumstances, the second phase of construction (cafeteria, library, health center, prayer tower and one more dormitory building) resumed last summer. Our gifts will help fund construction of the facilities.

Please consider helping others with a gift to the HUMC Thanksgiving Offering. JUST of DuPage, the Cookson Hills Center, the Global Mission Secondary School and Heifer International all need our support.

Dan Irwin, 

Missions Work Area