Each year since 2011, Mansion Sunday is celebrated by the United Pentecostal Church International (UPCI) on the first Sunday of November. This year, on Sunday, November 7th, churches across the nation will share the heartbeat of Tupelo Children’s Mansion (TCM) by doing three things:
- Inspiring their congregation with the mission of TCM
- Praying for the children and the staff
- Receiving a sacrificial offering to bless the children at TCM
As the oldest endorsed ministry of the UPCI, TCM has impacted the lives of almost 4,000 children. Founded in 1953, TCM is the largest children’s home in Mississippi and the only Apostolic children’s home of its kind. In recent months, TCM has seen a record number of applications; the need for this ministry has never been greater!
For 2021, TCM would like to designate the Mansion Sunday offering to renovate one of our largest residence halls. For almost 40 years, this building has consistently been a home to our precious children, allowing opportunities for only a few minor updates. It is now time to breathe new life into this home and provide the very best environment for the children we serve.
Often, the children come to us unfamiliar with many of the things we take for granted. Recently, staff traveled several hundred miles to assist with transporting a sibling group of four to TCM. At the time of placement, they were homeless, living from place to place with their guardian. Upon arrival at TCM, it was evening, and the children were getting settled into their residence halls. Tears were shed. They were scared, full of uncertainty. As staff were taking the last child to her new home, she stated, “I’m happy for my brother and sisters. Now we know we will always have a bed to sleep in.”
In Isaiah 32:18, God declares, “My people will abide in a peaceful habitation, in secure dwellings, and in quiet resting places.” I can’t think of a more appropriate fulfillment of that scripture than Tupelo Children’s Mansion. What a calling! What a responsibility!
However, we cannot do it alone! We need you! Would you consider how you can get involved in Mansion Sunday? Would you give to this offering to help us provide an adequate and comfortable home to children in need?
We thank you in advance for your prayers and financial support! You can give toward Mansion Sunday, using the form below. Together, we are making a difference!
Chad A. Parker, MSSW, LMSW, LPC
Executive Vice President