Each month, Woodridge UMC's Outreach Committee designates an organization, ministry, or mission (or two) to be the recipient of our monthly Outreach Offering.
May 2018 Outreach Offering
Tree of Life Ministry, South Dakota
The Lakota in South Dakota are the poorest racial group in the USA. They are forced to live in unhealthy dwellings, which is coupled with acute poverty marked by 80% unemployment. The people lack access to a proper diet & suffer from high alcoholism rates and suicide rates as high as eight times the national average.
In 1985, Tree of Life Ministry was created to provide free repairs to the homes of impoverished families. This ministry has grown from repairing three homes to 50+ homes each summer. The ministry added a food pantry so that no child would go to bed hungry. The meal program developed into a Food Pantry that grew from assisting 25 families a week to 1,000 families each week. They also participate with the tribe in special programs, such as remedial reading, dental-care, eyeglasses program, nurse-care, suicide prevention, & alcohol recovery.
Tree of Life Ministry has worked hard to overcome the negative attitudes held between cultures, and has become a respected Christian voice among the Lakota people that continues recruiting and training Native Americans to serve in the ministry to their people, and to provide future uninterrupted leadership in this mission.
Support UMC missions and ministries through prayer
Additionally, each month the Outreach Committee requests prayers for a United Methodist missionary and a church with whom we have a relationship: