The Miracle Offering is gathered within United Methodist churches of North and South Dakota and delivered to annual conference session. This year's Miracle Offering will benefit our Dakotas Conference missions. The Conference Sessions Committee and the bishop determine the annual recipients.
The theme of the 2020 Annual Conference session—taking place virtually on October 10 —is “Be the Light: Live Hope!”
Jesus’ teaching about our being the salt of the earth and the light of the world (Matthew 5:13-16) serves as the principle scriptural inspiration for our conference’s theme. Jesus instructs us to “let your light shine before people, so they can see the good things you do and praise your Father in heaven.” One of the ways in which we, as United Methodists from across North and South Dakota, seek to do that is through the Miracle Offering collected as a part of our annual conference session. Since 2012, Dakotas United Methodists have opened their hearts and generously given more than $750,000 to the Miracle Offering.”
The 2020 Miracle Offering provides the opportunity to be the light and living hope for those crying out for love, compassion, justice and grace in their lives.
The 2020 Miracle Offering goal is $60,000, to be shared equally among our signature missions in the Dakotas Conference: Bakken Oil Rush Ministry, Solar Oven Partners, Spirit Lake Ministry, Tree of Life Ministries, and Bakken Out-In-Faith Ministry.
Our Dakotas Conference mission ministries serve thousands of people each year.
Bakken Oil Rush Ministry, Watford City In the past year, helped 5,045 families or individuals with clothing, work gear and household items.
Bakken Out-In-Faith Ministry continues to serve the people of Williston with a weekly meal and devotion. During the pandemic, the number of families seeking assistance has grown by 25 percent and the meal is being served curbside.
Solar Oven Partners distributed ovens in the Dominican Republic with Gordon and Ardell Graner, natives of North Dakota. Ovens are also distributed in Sierra Leone and to the Navajo nation in Arizona. Solar Oven Partners has workshops to build solar ovens in Raymond, South Dakota, Montrose, South Dakota and at Open Heart UMC in Rapid City, South Dakota.
Spirit Lake Ministry Center operates a food pantry, Shoebox Christmas, a summer program for children and youth, and a construction ministry. In the past year, Spirit Lake Ministry has reached more than 6,000 families and youth and hosted 426 Volunteers in Mission(VIM) who came from around the US.
Tree of Life Ministries operates a soup kitchen, thrift store, and construction ministry. Last year the soup kitchen served or distributed 1,059,178 lbs. of food, a value of $1,747,644.00. The thrift store provided 130,990 items including household goods, furniture, appliances, gently used and new clothing for babies, children, teens, men and women. VIM teams assisted with 24 home repairs to improve the health and wellness of residents.
Please make your offering online at www.dakotasumc.org, send a check to your church, or the Dakotas Conference office, for the 2020 Miracle Offering. During the Virtual Annual Conference on October 10, 2020, we will joyfully celebrate the fruit that God continues to bear among and through us!
Join the efforts to Be the Light: Live Hope! Here are some resources:
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