|New Dodge City District Superintendent Rev. Don Hasty, left, with Gabriel Marrero’s assistance, delivers the message in English and Spanish at Hasty’s installation service. (photo by Patti Craghead)|
|Bishop Scott Jones, right, shakes Dodge City District Superintendent Rev. Don Hasty’s hand at the installation service at Dodge City First UMC. (photo by Patti Craghead)|
The event was the culmination of a two-month planning process by the district United Methodist Women, superintendency committee and local churches.
The installation service was attended by approximately 160 people. Gabriel Marrero interpreted Hasty’s message, “With Every Step,” in Spanish. Hasty’s message included some statistical and demographic facts about the district, revealing that only 2 to 5 percent of the people in the district have a regular church home. He encouraged all to go beyond their church walls “with every step” and take Jesus to the 95 to 98 percent of the people without a church home.
The planning team decided to take advantage of the district gathering and have a fundraiser for Imagine No Malaria. A meal of donated food was served, so all donations toward the meal went to Imagine No Malaria. In addition, each church was encouraged to donate an item for an auction after the meal.
The meal and auction raised $10,374 for Imagine No Malaria. It is the largest amount raised in a single event for the initiative in the Kansas West Conference.