The Love Offering for Missions is collected within Minnesota United Methodist churches and delivered to annual conference session. It benefits international, national, and Minnesota missions. The conference Missions Promotion Team determines the annual recipients.
Donations to the 2015 Love Offering totaled $102,000. Grace Children's Center in Vietnam received 60 percent of that total, grants to help churches partner with local schools received 30 percent, and Volunteers in Mission scholarships received 10 percent.
The 2016 Annual Conference theme is "Living Generously: Unleashing God's Gifts" and funds from this year's Love Offering will to go three projects:
Minnesota Council of Churches Refugee Services: Recipient of 40 percent of the 2016 Love Offering
Our global community, and particularly Europe, is confronted with the largest mass migration of people since World War II. Millions of displaced persons have left Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, and various parts of Africa across the Mediterranean Sea. The Minnesota Council of Churches (MCC)—of which the United Methodist Church is a part—was founded in 1948 as the statewide ecumenical agency representing mainline-Protestant denominations in Minnesota. Since 1985, the MCC’s Refugee Services program has welcomed more than 6,000 refugees from around the world to lives of freedom, hope, and opportunity in Minnesota. The program offers support to newcomers through case management, immigration, employment, and education.
United Methodist Committee on Relief (for health kits): Recipient of 10 percent of 2016 Love Offering
Minnesota United Methodists are encouraged to collectively prepare and donate 10,000 health kits, which the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) will then distribute to people who have been forced to leave their homes because of human conflict or natural disaster. Kits should be brought to annual conference in St. Cloud. Ten percent of the Love Offering will go toward shipping these kits to areas where they are needed most. View health kit material and assembly instructions / View list of churches that are drop-off sites for health kits
Recipient of 40 percent of 2016 Love Offering
Poverty is a major issue in the Dominican Republic, and many people there lack access to basic health care for their families. Additionally, six out of every 100 Dominicans have some form of physical or mental disability, many of them children. Health agency International Child Care has developed grassroots, community-based health and rehabilitation programs in the Santiago province. The rehabilitation program teaches parents and other residents how to become physical therapists themselves. This bottom-up, community-driven approach to caring for children with disabilities aims to restore their dignity, hope, and self-respect within their families and communities.
Recipient of 10 percent of 2016 Love Offering
Mission trips change the lives of participants by giving them an opportunity to grow in faith and gain a new perspective of the world. Through the United Methodist Church’s Volunteers in Mission program, teams spend up to two weeks working on mission projects domestically or abroad. Most teams from Minnesota are engaged in hands-on projects that build infrastructure to ensure that nutritional, medical, and educational programs in developing countries become sustainable and locally run. Team members pay their own way, and the Love Offering helps offset the cost for first-time participants.
In late February, all churches received a packet with materials to help them promote the Love Offering to their congregations. Here are digital versions of those resources, which can be printed. Please share this giving opportunity!
Minnesota Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church