Here are excerpts from letters Bishop Coyner has received thanking the conference for funds given from this offering.

The Julian Center in Indianapolis

Thank you for your thoughtful contribution of $2,000 to The Julian Center. As you might know, most of our women flee to us in the middle of the night with little more than the clothes on their backs. The Julian Center provides these survivors with clothing, toiletries, food, safe housing, counseling and more… We, and those we serve, deeply appreciate your generosity. – Jessica White, interim executive director, The Julian Center, Indianapolis.

Kokomo (Ind.) Urban Outreach

On behalf of under-resourced children and families across Kokomo, we thank you for the $2,000 gift from the Bishop’s Christmas Offering. The gift was used to provide Baby University to families in Kokomo. Baby University is a nine-week session which helps parents be better parents… With the help of The United Methodist Church in Indiana, we are working to see that families are stronger. Lives are being changed in the name of Jesus Christ. – Jeff Newton, executive director, Kokomo Urban Outreach

Indiana United Methodist Children’s Home in Lebanon

Thank you for the grant donation of $12,595 for our youth received from the Bishop’s Christmas Offering. We truly appreciate your caring, concern and dedication to children, from you and the entire United Methodist Church. Indiana United Methodist Children’s Home provides a supportive treatment setting in which boys and girls can be helped to overcome difficulties. – Richard Lapinski, MS, executive director/CEO, Indiana United Methodist Children’s Home, Lebanon, Ind.

St. John UMC in Evansville, Ind.

St. John United Methodist Church in Evansville works with the Indiana Black Expo Evansville Chapter to hold a Back-to-School Rally at the church. This year, they gave away school supplies and more than 400 pairs of tennis shoes to inner city youth…Thank you for your support. – the Rev. Billy D. Garrett, St. John UMC (Big John)

United Methodist Youth Home in Evansville, Ind.

We are grateful that United Methodist Youth Home was included in the distribution of the 2012 Bishop’s Christmas Offering. We were thrilled to receive $12,595. What a blessing it is to be part of the connectional system of The United Methodist Church. Thank you for allowing folks from throughout the State of Indiana to help the needy and deserving youth we serve. – Barbara Jessen, Psy.D., executive director, United Methodist Youth Home, Evansville, Ind.

Wesley Community Center in Dayton, Ohio

We greatly appreciate your support of Wesley Community Center. We acknowledge with gratitude your generous contribution of $3,000 to the Center’s ministries. Your gift provided Wesley Center with much needed resources to continue programs that support youth and children. – Harris K. Tay, executive director, Wesley Community Center, Dayton, Ohio.

Read other thank you notes at www.inumc.org, click on Bishop’s Christmas Offering.