AC2016 Change a Child’s Story Update

AC2016 Change a Child’s Story Update

June 06, 2016

Clint Twedt-Ball, team member of the Change a Child’s Story team asked Bishop Trimble during 2016 Iowa Annual Conference, “A year ago when we talked, you said that our goal should be to get 100% of the churches on board with Change a Child’s Story. Do you still believe that we can reach that audacious goal of 100% participation?”

“Yes!” Bishop Trimble replied.

Twedt-Ball continued saying it should be a no-brainer for the churches of the Iowa Conference to reach 100% participation. If there is a program that every church should be able to engage in, this is it.

“Bishop, question two for you. Last year, we set an audacious goal of giving away 1 million books and 1 million hours of time to support struggling readers. Do you still believe we can get there?”

“Yes!” the Bishop said again.

The Change a Child’s Story initiative is so important in Iowa because of the following statistics:
•    Approximately 1 in 4 Iowa children read below grade level—that’s 100,000 children
•    Children reading below grade level in 3rd grade are 4 times more likely to drop out of high school
•    Children from middle-income homes have on average 13 books per child in comparison to children in low-income homes who have 1 on average

“These kids need our help,” he continued. “They need our support. 1 million books and 1 million hours means each kid in the state of Iowa struggling with reading will get 10 books and 10 hours of help from Iowa United Methodists.”

The Change a Child’s Story team has resources in place to help churches be successful, visit

For the initiative to be a success, churches will need to report their donations of books and hours and need to remember these three words: pledge, report, and share.

Reporting sheets are available at the website (click here) and were on every table during Annual Conference. 

The Change a Child’s Story team has hired Patty Link as the new Coordinator to provide resources and to make the campaign a success.

Patty Link was a teacher in low-income school on the East coast. She is also a former Des Moines School Board member, worked for a statewide education advocacy group, is a long-time member of Grace United Methodist Church in Des Moines, and is passionate about putting her faith into action by supporting children.

In conclusion, Phil Carver played the Change a Child’s Story song which is to the tune of I love to Tell the Story. The lyrics and music are available by clicking here.

Contacting us

The Iowa Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church
2301 Rittenhouse St. Des Moines, IA 50321 | (515) 974-8900 |