In the face of widespread poverty, the Lumbee and Pee Dee Indian congregations in North and South Carolina are pulling together to offer hope through a cooperative ministry of the United Methodist Church.
One church participating in the effort is Sandy Plains UMC in Pembroke, N.C. Though the church has fewer than 100 worshiping members on a given Sunday, Sandy Plains has sent a large proportion of its members into mission. How has this tiny church produced so many leaders? The undercurrent of support to explore a call at Sandy Plains is emblematic of a larger effort to put laity to work in meaningful ways.