Here in the United States we are getting ready to celebrate Thanksgiving Day, a holiday set aside for expressions of gratitude among fellowship with friends and family. As we work and labor together for the Kingdom of God, it is a life-giving practice to set aside time simply to give thanks.
We at World Methodist Evangelism give thanks for the opportunities of connecting with Methodist/Wesleyan believers during the past year, from Vladivostok, Russia, to Jamaica. Our faith-sharing seminars continue to equip local leaders to reach out in their communities through word, deed, and sign.
We give thanks for the privilege of gathering in Houston for the World Methodist Conference, a global community representing dozens of denominations and countries. It is a time when Tongans and Kenyans and Brasilians and Poles and Indians and Nigerians, when Australians and Russians and Nepalis and Britons and and Koreans and Italians and Pakistanis and many, many more come together for worship, fellowship, encouragement, and edification.
We give thanks for our growing Order of the Flame community, an ever-expanding cohort of American pastors from a variety of Wesleyan Methodist denominations who are trained to lead in faith-sharing vision and mission.
We give thanks for our Wesleyan Accent contributors: writers, pastors, and professors who give voice to our unique Wesleyan heritage as they write articles, share sermons, give interviews, and consider topics from Calvinism or patterns of prayer to animal resurrection or the prophet Jeremiah, and many more.
We give thanks for those who had the vision to begin World Methodist Evangelism, who saw, within the World Methodist Council, the opportunity to support faith-sharing practices across denominations among people who follow Christ in the company of the Wesleys. We give thanks for all of our partners across the decades who have resourced us in our ongoing call to reach the world for Jesus Christ.
A week from tomorrow, Tuesday, November 29th, is Giving Tuesday, a day set aside to support organizations for the coming year that live out the kind of vision that stirs your spirit. Will you prayerfully consider walking alongside us with your resources?
We give thanks for you.