2023 Mission Focus by First UMC Brighton & WL

2023 Mission Focus: Readers to Leaders

Each year we adopt a church-wide mission project. By raising awareness and money for a particular project over the course of a year, we hope to make a substantial impact. This year, First United Methodist Church – Brighton & Whitmore Lake is focusing on Readers to Leaders — a life-changing campaign to support children in our community, across Michigan, and in Liberia.


A. Half of the funds will benefit the Michigan Conference’s Children Defense Fund Freedom Schools Program — a literacy program that empowers children to learn and grow in the summer.

B. Half of the funds will benefit the Liberia Scholarship Program of the Michigan Conference’s Liberia Ministry Partners. Additionally funds will also help resource four of the most under-served schools with hand pumps for clean drinking water, flush toilets — helping health and wellness for all children, and empowering menstruating girls to attend school — plus science and computer labs.

C. We continue to engage with local schools to support children and education right in our own communities. We’ve partnered with Whitmore Lake Schools over the years and that will continue. More details will be shared as future connections are made.

It is our hope and prayer that by raising at least $10,000 Readers to Leaders, your gifts will fund a child’s schooling in Liberia, not just for a year, but for their whole k-12 education! Plus, hundreds of children will be able to attend Michigan Children Defense Fund Freedom Schools for literacy and empowerment.

Kingdom Project Microgrants Available

Would you like a $100 grant from the church to raise money for this church-wide mission? Fill out this micro-grant application to get $100 to help raise money for the Readers to Leaders Campaign that will help send children to school in Liberia and to Freedom Schools here in Michigan. Our hope is that you will take this $100 grant and multiply it into a larger gift to the campaign. Contact jon@brightonfumc.org

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