Wesleyans from across North America “embraced Lexington” the first week of June as part of General Conference 2012. Numerous Wesleyans spent time on the streets of Lexington, KY, location of the twelfth General Conference of The Wesleyan Church, ministering to Kentuckians in need.

Embrace Lexington was an initiative spearheaded by the former Spiritual Formation department (now part of the Church Multiplication and Discipleship Division) meant to engage Wesleyans in serving local residents in need. Thad Spring, outreach pastor at College Wesleyan Church in Marion, IN, coordinated the event. Several organizations and ministries in Lexington were served as a result, communicating the hope of Jesus Christ to the hurting and homeless in Lexington.

Wesleyans ministered at New Life Day Center, a homeless shelter that offers day-time respite from Lexington streets. Down the road at Methodist Children’s Home, volunteers provided counsel, education, and a safe environment for young men and women whose concept of “family” has been altered. Some volunteers provided manual labor, as they provided repair to the structure and building at Confrontation Point Ministries, an organization that serves families living in the hills of Kentucky.

Volunteers represented College Wesleyan Church (Marion, IN), Poured-Out Ministries (disaster relief ministry), The Edge Church (Grand Rapids, MI), and students from Kingswood University.