Join us for a time of celebration, food and worship with others around the Shawnee Valley District.
Meet our new District Superintendent, Calvin Alsotn, Jr. and his wife, Sandra.
Guest Speaker: Matthew Sleeth, MD
A former emergency room physician, Dr. Matthew Sleeth resigned from his position as chief of the medical staff and director of the ER to teach, preach, and write about faith and the environment. Since founding Blessed Earth, he has spoken at 1,000 churches and schools throughout the country. Dr. Sleeth is a graduate of George Washington University School of Medicine and has two postdoctoral fellowships. He is the author of Serving God, Saving the Planet: A Christian Call to Action, the introduction to The Green Bible, and 24/6: A Prescription for a Healthier, Happier Life.
A special offering will be collected and will support SonLight Power of Fairfield, Ohio. SonLight Power uses solar power to share God's love with the world's most vulnerable children, families and communities. Solving the issues of energy poverty affecting nearly 1.4 billion people worldwide requires a movement of people on a grand scale. If you agree that energy poverty is unacceptable, we welcome you to join us and shine your light with the world. A big part of their mission involves equipping other missions with the solar power they need to impact more lives in the name of Jesus. This might be appealing to you and other leaders in the Shawnee Valley District who are part of other mission efforts in parts of the world that have limited public infrastructure to meet electrical needs. In the spirit of Ephesians 4:12, their equipping ministry is designed to help other mission organizations steward more of their resources on delivering Kingdom impact rather than the recurring expenses associated with diesel fuel and maintaining generators for basic energy production over time. Their data suggests that in Haiti, the average return on solar power versus the cost of running generators for the equivalent energy production is less than 2 years. Events of recent weeks/months in places like Haiti and Venezuela have hit home the importance of energy independence relative to extending human services during times of unrest. With an unreliable utility grid known for unpredictable power outages and surges, combined with recent fuel rationing and inflated costs for those using generators as a primary energy source, energy independence through solar power makes more sense than ever in Haiti, one of our three primary mission fields (Honduras/Central America and Puerto Rico being the other two). And for those missions in Haiti delivering critical human services to the most vulnerable Haitians, solar power could mean sustained care for those served if/when future unrest occurs.