Giving in memory of Sarah Hillman to the Africa University Scholarship


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The late Sarah Hillman with Rosia Jackson at a special event last summer.

Members of First United Methodist Church of Kosciusko believe, if a project is important to Rev. Byrd and Sarah Hillman, it should be important to them.

“Byrd and Sarah have been a part of this body of Christ for some time and this church family loves them dearly,” said Rev. Scott Wright, pastor of Kosciusko FUMC. “They are an amazing couple and love the Lord and His Methodist church through and through.  This church family knows that and reciprocates that love.  It is because of their example early on in our conference relationship with Africa University that we know and understand the importance of the work they does.  I think we believe that if it is important to Byrd and Sarah, it’s important to us!”

Over a year ago, the Starkville District of the United Methodist Church established an Africa University endowment in honor of Rev. Byrd and Sarah Hillman, with the goal of raising $130,000 over a three-year period. On Dec. 28, 2016, Sarah Hillman passed away, and churches throughout the district are sending memorials for the Africa University Scholarship program in remembrance of the passion this lady had for this mission.

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Rev. Byrd Hillman with Rev. Dr. Embra Jackson, Superintendent of the Starkville District of the United Methodist Church

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College student ministry has a great impact


5ebf1c_ab1bec903372429f923b67c57130f25d-jpeg_srb_p_830_553_75_22_0-50_1-20_0-00_jpeg_srbCollege is an incredibly formative time in the life of a student and Wesley Foundations play a vital role in campus life.

Hugh Griffith, director of the Wesley Foundation at Mississippi State University, said college students are going to grow and develop in some way — positively or negatively — during their college experience, so it is urgent and crucial that students grow and develop in good and godly ways.

“College students are ‘good soil,’ to borrow the image from Jesus’ parable in Matthew 13, Griffith said. “There’s urgency in the fact not only good seed grows in good soil, but whatever is planted in good soil will grow and bear fruit, whether the fruit is desirable  or not.  Wesley Foundation sows good seed–Kingdom seed–Gospel seed– in the good soil of college students.”

Gail Griffith, Wesley Foundation director at the Mississippi University for Women (and Hugh’s sister) said college students are making some huge decisions that could/will effect the rest of their lives.  Continue reading