Thank you

On behalf of Children of Abraham, I thank you for your response to the emergency plea we issued related to “Tents for Haiti” and transportation costs for our medical relief efforts there. Indiana United Methodists have thus far contributed more than $36,000. This has allowed us to ship seven 40-foot land-sea containers containing medical supplies and relief aid worth approximately six-million dollars. Because of your generosity, we have been able to purchase a number of generators to run medical equipment at Saint Damien’s Hospital in Haiti; to provide food for more than 500 orphans; to ship enough tents to house up to 4,000 people; and to supply orthopedic and surgical supplies to help treat more than 700 critical care patients.

Because of the thousands who are still living in plastic draped cardboard boxes near the hospital, our tent ministry will continue. We have set a goal of providing temporary housing for 10,000 earthquake victims. My special thanks to South Bend Clay UMC for funding one shipment on their own and to South Bend Grace UMC, First UMC, Clay UMC and Northwest UMC for the funding of a second shipment.

Those interested in learning more about Children of Abraham and our efforts to provide free medical relief to people in desperate situations can find that information at www.coa-worldwide. org. Congregations who have contributed toward our ministry and desire digital pictures of the hospital, orphanage and tent cities we have aided can contact me at and I will send them to you.

Your compassion and generosity have made me very proud to be a United Methodist. Thank you and God bless!

David A. Schrader
Vice-President,COA Board of Directors
Senior Pastor of Grace UMC
South Bend


Thank you from University Heights United Methodist Women! Metro Ministries recently sponsored a BIBS (Better Indy Babies) shower to assist the University Heights United Methodist Women with one of their local mission projects. A very sincere thank you to all of the churches who participated. The response was overwhelming in the form of diapers, wipes, onesies, receiving blankets, monetary contributions and various other items. Marilyn Reid, the coordinator of this project at UHUMC, is still sorting and taking inventory of the many articles donated.

The BIBS program was started approximately 18 years ago to assist needy, expectant mothers and their new babies. The families are referred through the Health Net: Better Indy Babies/Healthy Families agencies. The BIBS pantry, at the church, provides nourishing food, clothing, and basic-care supplies. The Pantry is open on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons (1-3 p.m.), year around, except on holidays. UHUM Women staff the BIBS Pantry and assist the clients and caseworkers by supplying the needed items requested. Through the generosity of many people, the church has been able to continue to provide needed items to those for whom we care and serve. Thank you again to the churches who responded to the shower for the generosity and thoughtfulness shown to this special local mission project.

Doris Fowler
University Heights UMW