Thanks to the generosity of United Methodists around the world, the first ever UMC #GivingTuesday on Dec. 3 generated a record $6.5 million! The United Methodist Board of Global Ministries, which matched the first $500,000 received, reported that nearly 11,000 donors in 34 countries gave more than 16,300 gifts through The Advance to mission and ministries. The agency’s previous one-day online giving record was $492,882 set on Jan. 14, 2010, shortly after the Haiti earthquake. All of this money went 100% directly to the mission programs honored.
This is just one of the ways our church members are helping the true Christmas season and spirit to thrive. We are part of a huge number of churches and people sharing Christ’s warm transforming love. Rejoice!