Traveling around to different churches has given us the opportunity to get a glimpse into the ministries God has started around our district. In the midst of all the bad news we see reported it is refreshing to see the hope God is brining to these communities. There are puppet ministries, a coffee shop ministry and churches that open their doors for other churches to use the facilities. One church took their Sunday morning service time to help out around the homes of people in the community. Another has a weekly food pantry. On multiple occasions I have seen churches that have been such a blessing to me personally as a mom of kids with special needs as they have welcomed adults with developmental disabilities with open arms. What a beautiful and hope-filled picture of the body of Christ these churches are to their congregations and surrounding communities.