Native American Sunday Offerings Will Support North Georgia Students
The denomination-wide Native American Sunday is April 14, but churches may celebrate and collect the special offering any time.
The first priority for this offering in the North Georgia Conference is to assist Native American students with their college costs. This offering is an investment in students such as:
- Kyle and Skye Wilkins, two Lumbee student recipients, are members of Zoar UMC. They will speak at their church on Native American Sunday. They are also leading an UMVIM mission trip to Hamlet, NC in April to bring help and hope in the Name of Jesus Christ to the Native Americans of that impoverished area.
- Lindsey E. Snipes, a Chickasaw recipient, will be a guest speaker at her home-church Jonesboro First UMC and at Native American Heritage Days at Stately Oaks Plantation in Jonesboro. She will share not only how the scholarship assisted her in obtaining her Speech Pathology Degree from the University of Georgia (GPA of 3.77) this spring, but also on how she hopes there will be enough funds to help her pursue a Masters Degree at Georgia State University.
- Hannah Lewis, a Cherokee recipient, will be speaking about the Native American offering at her home-church Pine Log UMC and also at Emerson UMC. She attends Georgia Highlands College in Rome, Georgia and desires a Business Degree in Accounting. While attending college, she has a part-time job as an assistant manager at a Dollar General store.
- Joel Lee Shearon, a Cherokee-Creek recipient (mother is Cherokee and father is Creek), will be a guest speaker at his home-church, Tunnel Hill UMC, discussing how the scholarship has assisted him in his pursuit of a Physics Associate Degree from Dalton State College (GPA of 3.88) this spring and of his hope to attend Georgia Tech this fall to become an electrical engineer. Joel lives in Dalton, has a part-time job as a lab technician at AllChem Inc, and participants in Native American Heritage Days at Red Clay State Park.
"I pray that we can work together to support these students, not because it is mandated by the Book of Discipline (which it is), but to show that we believe in a gospel for everyone, so that the Kingdom of God will be expanded," said Dr. Mike Shearon, chair of Native American concerns for North Georgia.