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Students focusing on children in poverty


United Methodist collegiate ministries on campuses across the United States will engage in ministries related to children and poverty throughout the 2013-14 academic year.

Children and poverty was chosen as the 2013-2014 justice priority of the United Methodist Student Movement during "Imagine What's NEXT" in November 2012.

Several campus ministries already serve with children living in poverty. Students from Wofford College in Spartanburg, S.C., work with a local United Methodist congregation to serve Hispanic/Latino children in the community.

United Methodist campus ministries are the main source of the interns who this year served through Project Transformation in Dallas, Nashville, Tenn., and several communities in Oklahoma. An emphasis of the students' work is improving the reading level of the children, many of whom are impoverished.

Resources to help campus ministries focus on children and poverty are online now at!/resources, reports Beth Ludlum, director of student faith and leadership formation for the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry.

She says, "We're also organizing a calendar of online action, a period of 24/7 prayer beginning Sept 7 in which we'll have different campuses and ministries sign up for an hour each and are building a prayer wall for that time, another round of daily prayer in October, and days of advocacy and action for children in poverty."