By Susan Bennett,
Indiana United Methodist Children's Home

LEBANON, Ind. - Members of Christ United Methodist Church in Lafayette, Ind., donated an activities bus to the Indiana United Methodist Children's Home Board of Trustees during the board's recent meeting at the home in Lebanon.

The activities bus was previously used for an outreach ministry at Christ Church which was organized by long-time member, Mary Kay Long. Claude Sawyer, chairperson of the church's council, said, "When considering where to donate the activities bus, our trustees, under the leadership of Steve Habben, wanted to make sure the vehicle was going to be used frequently so we sent the word out to many organizations around the state. Christ UMC trustees chose Indiana United Methodist Children's Home. We knew the bus would be used frequently by their Christian Education Department. We also knew we would be helping a vital United Methodist ministry serving children and families throughout Indiana."

According to Gary J. Davis, LCSW, executive director/CEO of the Children's Home, "We are honored by the church's commitment to the Home. In view of the fact that the committee had 67 applications from statewide organizations, we are touched that committee members selected the Children's Home as the recipient of their bus.

The youth at the Children's Home take great comfort in knowing other people care about their happiness and well-being. This is an excellent example of thoughtful and caring stewardship from one of our United Methodist churches," he said

Duane Horstman, who serves as the Home's Christian Education Leader, said, "The youth make frequent trips to area nursing homes and volunteer their time with the residents. Youth in the outreach program have the opportunity to develop caring relationships with the residents. The boys and girls are involved in quality fellowship time through hosting holiday-themed parties, worship services, ice cream socials and board game tournaments at various nursing homes. The activities bus will allow us to use one vehicle to transport students to and from these meaningful events on a weekly basis."

In addition, the bus will be used for transporting youth to various sporting and cultural events throughout the area.

Susan Bennett serves as the communication officer at the Indiana United Methodist Children's Home in Lebanon.