Rhems UMC Awarded GCORR Grant
The General Commission on Religion and Race (GCORR) awarded $14650 to Rhems United Methodist Church for their program to empower refugees to serve as leaders in the church. Raising Refugees as Leaders was one of seven United Methodist Church projects chosen because of its commitment to support culturally diverse, relevant, and vital congregations and develop culturally competent leadership.
This 2013 grant, made possible through the Commission's CORR Action Fund "serves to carry out GCORR's commitment to building the capacity of The United Methodist Church to become contextually relevant and reach more people, younger people, and more diverse people as we make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world," said GCORR General Secretary Erin Hawkins.
The first class started with 5 students. We are starting with borrowed laptops and teaching basics on how to turn the computer on and use the mouse. We have also started some basic word processing. The grant monies will be used to install a Rosetta Stone program to teach English, as well as purchasing computers to continue our work with teaching computer competency. Our one hour class on Saturday is a highlight of the week with English, Karen, and lots of laughter!