Please do take a few minutes to read about, pray for, and "Like" these organizations, and share their stories with others.
On many Sundays I try to highlight a way for us to get more involved in world missions. But this Sunday I continue highlighting the finalists for World Magazine's Hope Award for Effective Compassion. The Hope Award recognizes Christian poverty-fighting programs that offer challenging, personal, and spiritual help, and which are not funded by government. (To see the others highlighted so far, go to the "Poverty" category at the right of the page.) After all five finalists have been featured, I will let you know how to vote for the winner.
Today's finalist is from the South Region: Maury United Ministries (MUMs). From the World Magazine feature story:
"This year our South winner is Maury United Ministries (MUMs) of Maury County, Tenn., an hour’s drive south of Nashville, which focuses on one simple but crucial endeavor: giving rides to people without transportation, and in the process building relationships. Executive director Randy Nichols, a now-retired mechanical designer, has run MUMs for 17 years: part time for seven, full time for the last 10. He now coordinates 5,000 trips per year, connecting 25 volunteers with car-less neighbors who need rides to work, job training, a doctor’s office, GED classes, or day care. The goal, Nichols says, is to “show the love of Christ while providing for transportation needs—and we cannot help but share the gospel message with our passengers as the need arises.”
Please take a few minutes to do at least one of the following for MUMs: