Southeast District gets its hands dirty through Mission Center

Clergy and laity from the Southeast District spent Oct. 26 working on a Jefferson County Habitat for Humanity build as part of a new initiative in the district known as Dirty Hands Mission Center. 

The Mission Center is designed to help United Methodist congregations and pastors reach their mission-field, which includes the poorest counties in Arkansas. The focus is currently Jefferson County, where racial and socioeconomic divides have a history of hindering cooperation among the churches. Through the work of the Mission Center, churches will come together to share resources and ideas, with the goal of discovering new ways to impact the mission field. Dirty Hands Mission Center will offer mission experiences and seminars that address the issues of poverty, racism and justice. 

“Right now we are focusing on building and creating a Missional YOUth Academy,” said the Rev. Natasha Murray-Norman, regional mission coordinator for the Southeast District. This academy for youth workers and youth meets once a month for worship, a fellowship meal and an hour of instruction. The first meeting was held in October at Good Faith Carr UMC, and several youth took the opportunity to help out at the church’s Pumpkin Patch.