We are thrilled to announce that Project Transformation Indiana’s host churches for the summer of 2018 are North UMC and Cumberland UMC!
North United Methodist Church, located at 38th and Meridian, sits at a convergence of several neighborhoods and an intersection of race and class. The community faces a variety of challenges, most noticeably being the poverty that fills the area and a lack of access to healthy food. In response to issues of food access in the community, North opens its parking lot to serve fresh food and vegetables to help people in a neighborhood that could be considered a “food desert”. NUMC’s Farmers Market has one of the highest rates of SNAP and WIC redemption in the state. Rev. Ronnie Bell, associate pastor at North, describes the church as “truly missional in its DNA, with programs, missions and ministries running constantly. But despite the missional heart, there is still a disconnect from the community and programs like PT could help to bridge that gap.”
Cumberland United Methodist Church, located on the far east side of Indianapolis off US-40, sits in a area of growing diversity and poverty. The population has grown by 25% over the past decade, and the church has tried a variety of ways to reach out to the community but struggles to maintain those connections. Pastor Jim Ramsey shares that “[the members of Cumberland UMC] want to help God transform the lives of our congregation members and the lives of the children and families of our community. We believe that Project Transformation can help us better walk beside our neighbors on our mutual journey toward God and the people God is shaping all to become. We anticipate that our neighbors will help us learn what it means to better love God and all others. We intend that they will also learn through us. We believe that such growth first occurs through building relationships of trust, mutual respect, care, and positive accountability.”
We are so excited to partner with these churches and we can’t wait to see what God has in store for these communities!