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House rehabbed to serve as home for homeless

By Fred Koenig, Special Contributor… ST. LOUIS—A group from Lafayette Park United Methodist Church is out to address the issue of homelessness in a very direct manner: They intend to provide people with homes. The church’s HomeFirst ministry is working on rehabbing a four-unit house in St. Louis, Mo., that will give four homeless people […]

Missouri youth group hosts former POW

By Fred Koenig, Special Contributor… COLUMBIA, Mo.—You never know where a mission trip will lead. For the youth group at one Missouri Conference church, it led to them booking the largest arena within 100 miles and bringing in a speaker from across the country for a free event for their community. Last summer a group […]

JAM program connects kids with Jesus

By Fred Koenig, Special Contributor… HOUSE SPRINGS, Mo.—The Rev. Barbara Phifer was responding to a direct need in her congregation when she started taking steps to implement a new program for children at Faith United Methodist Church. “Parents were expressing a desire for their younger children to learn the Bible,” Ms. Phifer said. Several of […]