Making Mobility Possible


makingmobilitypossible400By Sandra Brands* Imagine having to crawl across the floor, down the road or through a store. Now, imagine being able to get around with dignity. That’s what’s happened to Roshan Johan, a 30-year-old polio patient who has spent most of her life crawling on the floor like, in her words, a small child. Today, she can move without pain thanks to the PET Cart, a three-wheel vehicle, she received through the Rural Health and Community Development Project (RHCDP) of the Clara Swain Hospital in Faridpur, India. “The cart, which has been given by you, has been a great help for me,” she wrote upon receipt of her cart, saying her knees “used to blister and I was not able to go out very often. But now, I have started going out of my house. I go to the market myself and also get medicines myself. And I have started see the world outside more …” That’s just one of the things donations through The Advance on #GivingTuesday can make possible. Last year, United Methodists donated more than $14,000 to Advance #01075A, the Rural Health and Community Development Project (RHCDP) of Clara Swain Hospital. According to Lillian Wallace, a retired Global Ministries missionary, who now serves as a volunteer with the project, the cart arrived from the United States in late August this year. “We were so excited, we opened it immediately and put it together,” she said. Later that day, Jahan arrived, sitting on the floor of a rickshaw. “We moved the PET Cart close to her and she crawled in and sat down, ready to move,” Wallace said. “Within minutes, she was driving up and down our campus, learning to drive. Words cannot express Roshan’s joy or ours, just seeing her with a new life ahead.” Wallace said that she has been shocked at how many disabled people live in villages nearby. “We will definitely need money from friends through UMC #GivingTuesday on Dec. 2 to really reach out to them, especially those who cannot walk.” The hope is to provide the carts to those in need free of charge, Wallace said. “PET International in the States is ready to supply us with 185 PET Carts free of cost, but we have to pay the freight from Missouri to India, and then from Mumbai to Faridpur.” #UMC GivingTuesday This year, Global Ministries will again provide matching grants, up to $1 million**, for donations to any project through The Advance as part of UMC #GivingTuesday, “When Methodists Are United.” One hundred percent of gifts given go to projects designated by the donor through The Advance, The United Methodist Church’s giving channel. For resources to promote and share UMC #GivingTuesday click here. *Sandra Brands is a writer and regular contributor to **Global Ministries will allocate the matching funds dollar for dollar up to the first $1 million in gifts to Advance projects received online on December 2, 2014, between 12:00 a.m. and 11:59 p.m. EST. A maximum of $2,500 per individual gift to a project will be dispersed as matching funds. A project may receive a maximum of $25,000 in matching funds.

Resources for Vital Congregations



Lewis Center for Church Leadership

Lewis Center for Church Leadership: Books

Lewis Center for Church Leadership: Serve Your Neighbor

GBHEM Leadership Resources


Living Faithfully: Human Sexuality and the United Methodist Church

Englewood Book Review

Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations

Ted Talks: The Golden Circle

Ted Talks: The Power of Vulnerability

Ted Talks: The Price of Invulnerability

Design Thinking

Meditations on the Ministry of All Christians


Be A Disciple

A Disciple’s Path; A Guide for United Methodist

Lewis Center for Church Leadership: Adult Christian Studies from the Wesley Ministry Network

Traveling Together: A Guide for Disciple Forming Congregations


Living As United Methodist Christians

Methodist Doctrine: The Essentials

Reclaiming our Wesleyan Tradition: John Wesley’s Sermons for Today

John Wesley Sermons: Anthology


Get Their Name

Evangelism & Theology in the Wesleyan Spirit

Canoeing the Mountains

Fresh Expressions

Fresh Expressions: Dinner Church

Lewis Center for Church Leadership: Reach New Disciples

Lewis Center for Church Leadership: 50 Ways to Reach People

Community: The Structure of Belonging


Institute for Emerging Issues

Congregations 4 Children


The Royce and Jane Reynolds Ministry Fund Grants

The Duke Endowment


The Appalachian District Church Vitality Team has been prayerfully seeking ways to help support you and the ministries of your local congregation during this COVID-19 pandemic. Together they have diligently researched and connected with others throughout the conference and our denomination to identify resources and offer them to you. We hope they will be helpful to you and bless you greatly in leading your churches and communities through this unprecedented time. We are very grateful to the District Vitality Team and other contributors for their great work on this resource.
This faithful team has created three documents, two of which you are receiving today. They include:

  • Family Home Worship – designed to help families establish a regular worship space within their homes as well as a time where they can worship together.
  • Tech Strategies – to help guide you in selecting effective tools and resources within your budget to best communicate in the digital world.

We believe these resources will be of great benefit to you. Also know that the District Vitality Team is available to answer any questions you might have in regards to the documents attached. If you have questions, you may email Rev. Howard Fleming at


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