Oakland Chinese Community United Methodist Church invites you to "an extraordinary event which supports a project very dear to our hearts," according to Burt Yin, member of the church and Co-Lay Leader for the California-Nevada Annual Conference.
That project is the building of a school in Kumi, Uganda.
Last summer, the church commissioned a Volunteers in Mission (VIM) team of eight to join a Kumi mission team for a 17-day project.
"Our team had the joy of meeting with four very enthusiastic and committed African young adults who have been partnering with us for the past four years in providing for the physical needs, and providing educational, emotional, and spiritual support, for a small group of vulnerable children there," says Yin.
That partnership began with one young adult's dream to care for the growing number of orphans in the village of Kumi. From that dream has grown a registered community-based organization, Youth and Child Visionary Ministries, which is staffed by volunteers and supported by fundraising by Oakland Chinese Community UMC.
Last year's VIM team "rolled up our sleeves and worked with bricks, mortar, and steel" and was able to complete 25% of the school building, Yin says. Work has stopped until the church can raise enough money to finish the job. The church hopes to complete a three-room portion of the proposed 12-room school within the coming year, in order to maintain the project's momentum.
To this end, Oakland Chinese Community UMC is holding its first Benefit Dinner, Thursday, April 29 at 6:30 p.m. at Legendary Palace Restaurant in Oakland, "which promises to be a rich and satisfying event," Yin says. In addition to a nine-course Chinese banquet, you'll see slides and hear stories about the project.
"And if you feel moved to dream along with us in this exciting adventure, you are invited to make a donation that evening. In addition, your prayers for the school and the project are always greatly appreciated," adds Yin.
Tickets are $50 per person or $400 for a 10-person table and must be reserved by April 15.
Download flyer (in PDF format) for more details.
Read more about the project at the YCVM website, www.ycvm.org – then help it live out its mission theme, "Touch the Heavens and Change the earth"!