The children, staff, and board of LUMCFS, Inc., and the Louisiana Annual Conference are deeply indebted and very grateful for the support pledged to our organization by the members of the Central Pennsylvania Conference of the United Methodist Church and the ministry of the United Methodist Home for Children in Mechanicsburg, PA.  This ministry, under the excellent leadership of Dr. David Reed and staff, has graciously been giving support to help us recover from 4 devastating hurricanes during the last 3 ½ years.

In February of 2008, we relocated the Children’s Home from its site in New Orleans to a temporary facility in Mandeville, which we are currently leasing from the state of Louisiana.  This relocation has bought us some time, however within the next few years we must locate a site and construct a permanent Home for the children being cared for.  Terrel J. DeVille, President and CEO of LUMCFS, says,

“When Dr. Reed called to inform me that the Pennsylvania Conference had elected to conduct a financial campaign to make major improvements on the campus of the Children’s Home located in Mechanicsburg, and that they would designate a portion of the Campaign to assist us with the relocation of the New Orleans facility, I have to admit it almost overwhelmed me.”

Mr. DeVille complimented Dr. Reed with the following quote:

“What a servant leadership the Central Pennsylvania Conference has. What a commitment to ministry your membership is demonstrating. We of the LA Annual Conference and the LA Methodist Children’s Home covet our relationship with you and with our sister agency in children, youth and family ministry. Anything we can do to make your effort successful, we are here to serve. May God’s blessings be with all his children throughout the world.”

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