Watsonville First UMC Tithes $200K in Support of Africa University and Conference Mission
*By Dr. Larry R. Hygh, Jr.
"The saints that have gone before us worked in the church and this is an opportunity for us to give back," says the Rev. Robin Mathews-Johnson, pastor of Watsonville First United Methodist Church (UMC). Watsonville First UMC is giving more than a tithe (tenth) from the $1.5 million in proceeds they received from the sale of property the church owned. "The gift has been received by us from the work of the former leaders, and now we're passing it on," says Mathews-Johnson. The total gift to the California-Nevada Conference is $200,000, with $100,000 benefiting Africa University and the Annual Conference Session offering celebrating the school's 25th anniversary (to take place during opening worship on Wednesday, June 21), and the other $100,000 for mission and ministry in the California-Nevada Conference. (Read more)