As Annual Conference came to an end on June 22, 2019, Rev. Bob Talbot and Mrs. Artie Frederick were awarded the Denman Award for pastors and laity. Bob and Artie have worked long hours to make Mission Central in the Harrisonburg District a wonderful mission project to serve children and those who need medical equipment and supplies.
Mission Central is a new 4200 square foot building that is now serving the people of Harrisonburg and the Harrisonburg District. There are dozens of people who work to make Mission Central a place to cloth children and provide equipment for people who couldn’t afford the medical equipment that they need. Last year alone, more than 8000 children were clothed and thousands of diapers were given away.
Rev. Bob Talbot coordinated the work teams, which worked in cold and hot weather. Today, Mission Central is air-conditioned and heated and ready to serve. Mrs. Artie Frederick started giving clothes away in the attic of her church, McGaheysville UMC. The ladies had to climb steps to take clothes up and climb down steps to give the clothes away. Artie worked with her ladies for 29 years before she said, “We have got to have a larger space!” Artie now has room to operate. She has two washers, two dryers, a bathroom, A/C, and enough racks to hang both summer and winter clothing. Artie and crew have worked for years and continue to help those children in need. Artie and Bob both deserve this honor, and it is wonderful to see them standing on the Conference Platform receiving these awards together in front of more than 3000 people.
Congratulations Artie and Bob!