On World Communion Sunday, as a sign of our oneness in Christ with other denominations around the globe, United Methodist churches receive an offering to support potential new leaders who are racial- and ethnic-minority students in the United States. One such student is Charles Martin-Stanley, currently a sophomore at Luther College in Decorah, whose “ultimate career goal is to become a sociologist or lawyer, living my life in service to others.”
This young African-American now calls Onalaska, Wisconsin, his home. Born in Mexico, he grew up with a keen awareness that his multicultural background was not always viewed favorably by others. The unconditional love he received from his family and his church helped to sustain him through troubled time. Through these experiences he gained a sense of a calling to serve people in need. Last summer, for example, he worked as a Servant Leader Intern in the Children’s Defense Fund Freedom Schools® Program. Learn more about Charles Martin-Stanley by visiting www.umcgiving.org.
The National Council of Churches helps to promote World Communion Sunday. Visit their website or the United Methodist General Board of Discipleship to obtain information and resources about this special day as we worship and serve the Prince of Peace.