2013 Ingathering total over $300,000 higher than previous year

Totals from Ingathering 2013 are in, and Arkansas churches gave $2,886,105.44 to mission in 2013—up almost $342,000 from the 2012 total.
Melissa Sanders, statistician for the Arkansas Conference, says gifts for 2013 indicate that even in an economy that may present challenges for churches, United Methodists in Arkansas still place a priority on responding to those in need.   “I’m proud of all the churches,” she said, “and the great turnout of volunteers this year, too.”
The sum includes gifts delivered at the Nov. 23 Ingathering event, with monetary value assigned to non-cash items such as health kits, tornado tubs and other relief supplies. It also includes donations given for mission throughout the year, within the local churches’ own communities as well as around the state, nation and world.
See this Dec. 6 story for additional information on Ingathering 2013.