A woman went to Better Community Development, Inc. and was transformed into a vessel for Jesus. She had struggled with addiction for her entire life and was able to find recovery and Jesus within this beloved and supportive community. Now, she works as a faith leader in the community, working with women who have completed the in-patient program and preventing relapse by encouraging spiritual connection. The following is a quote from the faith leader taken from a story by Caroline Loftin, contributing writer from Theressa Hoover Memorial Church:

“When you strive to be the best version of you that you can be, you start to embrace who God created you to be because you start to get proud of yourself, and God truly shows he’s proud.”

Better Community Development, Inc. is a beautiful example of a community listening to the needs and hearts of the people and responding with faith and love. With support from a Human Relations Day grant, Better Community Development is lifting up those in their community who need the heart of Jesus. This is just one example of how you can impact the world one person at a time.

Human Relations Day is a Special Sunday recognized in all United Methodist churches. The official date is Sunday, January 14, 2024 – preceding the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. This Special Sunday recognizes the vision Dr. King had for “the beloved community”: a community in which everyone is cared for, absent of poverty, hunger, and hate. Donations support neighborhood ministries through Community Developers, UM Voluntary Services and Youth Offender Rehabilitation Programs. Join us in celebrating each other and building one another up.

Every contribution makes a difference in this important work. Your support can be the difference in someone like the woman mentioned earlier. Learn more by visiting UMC.org/HRD or donate at UMC.org/SSGive.

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Brandon Woolum has worked with digital media for over 20 years. He previously spent 12 years serving as the Digital Content Director and on-air talent for five iHeartRadio markets. Currently, he manages CCM Magazine and the digital assets for select Nashville-based radio divisions.

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