I’m giving the welcome and praying in a little while to open the Arkansas Annual Conference Literacy Summit 2022. This event is sponsored by our outstanding ministry, 200,000 More Reasons, and is part of the larger work of United Methodists in Arkansas to help children who are mired in poverty experience a new kind of life. The reason we do it – and the reason we reach out in so many ways to those who are struggling – is really quite simple. Jesus loves us so much that he left his rightful place with God to become one of us and enter into our sin, suffering and struggles. In other words, it’s what the love of God does. And those of us who have experienced the fullness of that love long for others to experience it. Not just with words or ideas, but in real ways in real life that really make a difference.