This week, over three hundred children at Vacation Bible School learned about ZOE, a United Methodist orphan empowerment project.
In June we sent ZOE boxes to all of the children attending Vacation Bible School this year and asked them to save their pennies and quarters and dollars. Some did even more than that and raised money by selling lemonade and asking for help from their friends and neighbors. They knew that every dollar raised would help kids just like them on the other side of the world.
Thanks to the generosity of our children, as of this afternoon, we are able to support over thirty individuals for one year in the empowerment project—and many have promised to give even more.
TUMC has pledged to match the amount raised by our children dollar for dollar. Want to join our VBS kids in supporting ZOE? Give online and help us match the VBS offering—a tangible way we can encourage the ministry of our kids here and around the world. Our children have been generous, so you, your reunion group or any other small group where two or three adults are gathered at TUMC are invited to make a gift online.
Let’s help our children help other children help themselves.
ZOE Project is a United Methodist orphan empowerment project that teaches orphans throughout Africa how to be self-sufficient and a leader in their community. The VBS leadership team has enthusiastically embraced this ministry, and our church has been offered the opportunity to connect with a group of 96 juvenile heads-of-household and their younger siblings in Zimbabwe, which has more than 1.5 million orphans as a result of the African AIDS epidemic. All accepted orphans are enrolled for a three year training program and placed in a ZOE working group in their local communities. $100 supports a child through a year of skill-building and self-sufficiency.
TUMC is entering our second year of supporting our working group. Last year we met our goal of supporting our ZOE group for their first year, and the Missions Committee hopes we can continue supporting them into their second year and through their completion of the three year program.