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Diane Degnan, left, introduces the Rev. Gary Graves, secretary of the General Conference, at the end of the 2019 General Conference Special Session.

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This year’s mission service was unique in that in addition to having Bishop Swanson deliver the message, he also gave a call to action for everyone to help grab the materials they dropped off at conference earlier in the week to assemble health kits for Mississippi disaster response ministries. The goal was to complete 10,000 kits. The final count of health kits reached approximately 15,000.

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(From left) Julia Stukalova and Yulia Starodubets (Eastern Russia-Central Asia Provisional), and Marina Yugay (Northwest Russia Provisional) sing during the Feb. 23 morning of prayer at the 2019 Special Session of the United Methodist General Conference in St. Louis. Photo by Kathleen Barry, UM News

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