The second Global Impact Celebration returns to St. John's United Methodist Church in downtown Aiken. After experiencing tremendous results from the 2008 event, the church looks forward to continued growth in 2009. The GIC will be held Wednesday through Sunday. "In 2008, St. John's significantly increased our global outreach. Under the guidance of The Mission Society, we concluded an 18-month program, the highlight of which was our first Global Impact Celebration," said Midge Rothrock of St. John's United Methodist Church. "This celebration was held in January 2008 and has been very beneficial to the mission outreach of St. John's. "As a result of this relationship, we have significantly increased our support of missions through prayer, volunteering and donations," she continued. "Our funding for missions has increased by 250 percent; we have established strong relationships with our missionaries; and we have started a local food ministry, Grace Kitchen, for Saturday morning breakfast, all through this effort." "The purpose of the GIC is to celebrate the outreach ministries of St. John's while energizing the congregation to increase participation and involvement in global outreach," states the Global Outreach Leadership Team. The GIC will focus on missions centered in Aiken County, as well as regional, national and global missions. Missionaries and guest speakers representing Russia, Kenya, Southeast Asia, Paraguay, Indonesia, Italy, Mexico, Senegal, Columbia and more will be on hand to offer personal accounts and encourage others to join them in their work. For a schedule of events, call St. John's United Methodist Church at 648-4745.