Last week the Discernment Team, comprised of Board of General Ministries Directors and ABCUSA staff, met to review applications for the Matthew 25 Grant.   With limited funding available, we first reviewed applications of churches who support ABCUSA through United Mission then took into consideration previous funding, and sustainability.  Distribution checks will be mailed early in October, and I wanted to make you aware of the ministries in your region which received a grant.

Ridgeview Baptist Church, Danville, IL
$500 Grant will be used specifically to provide school supplies, winter coats, and school uniforms to a high poverty district.

First Baptist Church, Jacksonville, IL
$750 Grant will be used specifically to purchase household cleaning supplies and personal care items to distribute to families in need.

First Baptist Church, Mt. Vernon, IL
$2,000 Grant will be used specifically to purchase food supplies for weekend food bags distributed to at-risk children in three school locations.

Serving on the Matthew 25 Grant Discernment Team is a highlight of my work in the Office of the General Secretary. It is a privilege to be a part of these ministries to the “least of these.”

Tina M. Turner
Executive Assistant

Mission Resource Development
American Baptist Churches USA