thanksgiving appeal


November 2022


This Thanksgiving we can be thankful that our lives are more normal than they have been for a long time.  This 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 nine 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 a valuable resource by the Sheriff’s Department. 

Since 1948 the Cookson Hills Center has served a mostly Native American 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 78 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. 

The Global Mission Secondary School is a Co-Ed, English medium Christian (affiliated with the United Methodist Church of Tanzania) boarding school located in the west outskirts of Dar es Salaam city, Tanzania. This is the fourth year HUMC is supporting the school’s building project. Our gifts during the past three years have funded the school library building. The school has been open for a year now and is now in the process of recruiting 40 new students for the upcoming school year. While the classrooms, dormitories, and library are open, the second phase of the construction (cafeteria, health center, prayer tower, more dormitory space) is still in progress. Our gifts will help fund construction of these facilities. It’s Founder and Director, Rev. Young Seon Kim, is a UMC missionary from our Conference, and was in worship with us at HUMC on June 5, 2022. Please check out our worship video to hear her testimony.    

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