SUNFLOWER, Miss. – With the goal of “to make a difference,” 22 men and 14 women, mostly United Methodists of East Central Indiana spent March 2-8 working out of the Delta Grace Mission hub located in Sunflower. Sunflower is a small town located in the heart of the Mississippi Delta, one of the poorest areas in the United States with high unemployment and much substandard housing.
The Delta Grace Project, co-located with the Sunflower United Methodist Church, is a new United Methodist effort to improve the material welfare and spiritual well-being of folks in that area. Veronica Pritchard, pastor of the Sunflower UMC, and several dedicated lay members were instrumental in getting the Delta Grace project up and running.
In one home the floors down to the joists in two bedrooms were replaced and tiled, and outside a sturdy handicapped ramp was built. In another home, 220 electrical service was installed, roofing was repaired, and replacement windows were installed. In yet another home, flooring in the bathroom and across the entire rear portion of the house was shored up and the front porch rebuilt. In a fourth home, major repair work was done on windows, doors, ceilings and floors.
This mission construction workcamp was organized by the Hagerstown UMC with substantial input from the United Methodist churches in Losantville, Knightstown, Brookville, Liberty and Centerville. The team made substantial improvements on one structurally sound home and three not-so-structurally-sound homes.
For more information, contact Jim Howell at 765-748-1825 or Veronica Pritchard, Sunflower UMC at 662-466-2167.