Christmas is a special time for our children. Unfortunately, many children here at home in Indiana and around the world don’t receive the blessings of this special holiday, but we can make a difference in their lives through our gifts. Each congregation has been asked to participate in this special Bishop’s Christmas offering for children. Offering envelopes, poster and bulletin masters have been sent to each congregations. These and other resources for this offering can be found to the right.

The offering will be distributed to three area of ministries – Indiana, United States and Worldwide.

Indiana – The Bridges (worship service for developmentally disabled children) in South Bend; the Lafayette Urban Ministries children’s program; Kokomo Urban Outreach, Indiana Conference Outdoor Ministries and camp scholarships; and the United Methodist Women’s School of Christian Mission.

United States – Henderson Settlement in Kentucky; McCurdy Mission School in New Mexico; Red Bird School tuition in Kentucky; Gateway UMC, Children’s Ministries, Gulfport, Miss.; North Rampart Street Community Center, New Orleans, La; and Lydia Patterson Institute in El Paso, Texas.

World – Ishe Anesu Project, Zimbabwe; Babyfold, Old Mutare Hospital, Zimbabwe; Pediatric Services at Ludhiana Christian Medical College and Hospital in Punjab, India; Ministry with Children, Shade and Fresh Water Project, Brazil; Homeless and Abandoned Children, Kamina, Congo; Infant Welfare Center, Old Jerusalem; Cambodia: Community Development Project, Tonie Basak and Bording; Kafakumba, Children’s Programming Marion, Ind., Mission Storehouse; Operation Classroom “Reclaiming a Lost Generation” project in Liberia; and Wesley Camp and Retreat Center in Latvia.

Programs supported by this offering are selected by the Indiana Conference Special Offerings Committee. These programs are among those endorsed by the United Methodist General Board of Global Ministries.