Jesus’ words in the Great Commission (Mt 28:19) “…Go and make disciples of all nations…” have inspired many to give up the comforts of home and go out into the world as missionaries, carrying the Gospel to all nations. Not everyone is called to go, but everyone has the opportunity to pray for and support financially those who do. Our Mission Team actively does this with several Mission Projects overseas and locally.
HOOI (Homeless & Orphans Outreach, Inc.) currently provides the spiritual, physical, emotional, nutritional and educational needs of about 40 boys and 10 girls, in 2 orphanages, located on two different properties in San Cristobal, Dominican Republic. Each compound includes a Church and a School that serves the neighborhoods in which they are located. The schools, on double sessions, have 1300 children enrolled. HOOI is allowed to provide bibles to the students, encourage scripture memorization and the teachers’ model Christian behavior to the children. The love of the Lord is truly seen in the enthusiastic worship and amazing leadership training of these precious children.
Zambia, Africa is the location of the New Life Center, a United Methodist Mission founded by Delbert and Sandy Groves, originally from Casselberry, FL. Their wide ranging ministries include health; medical; education of children, youth, adults and pastors; retreats; the Holy Spirit Conference; church planning and building; teaching sewing and banner making; and the amazing PET Ministry. A PET is a Personal Energy Transportation vehicle. It is “the Gift of Mobility”, allowing men, women and children affected by polio, land-mine accidents, birth defects or other injuries rendering their legs useless, to get around without depending on others to carry or push them. Link: http://www.newlifezambia.com/Home.html
Mel & Fran Noah joined One Mission Society in the early 70’s; went to language school to learn Portuguese, and were assigned to Londrina, Brazil. Their many ministries include teaching and leading groups for men, women, children, youth, college students and all kinds of retreats. Their main goal has been to establish and run the Londrina Seminary, preparing local pastors to carry the Word out into their world, as well as to handle and run the Seminary themselves. The Noah’s raised their 3 children in the mission field, and currently are semi-retired, serving 6 months in Brazil, and enjoying their 5 grandchildren in Wilmore, KY the other 6 months. Link: https://onemissionsociety.org/give/thenoahs
WYCLIFFE is a mission organization, whose goal is to get the Word of God into the hands of every one of Gods people. Amazingly, there are still about 180 million people in the world who do not have any Scripture in their language. Pat & Melinda Edmiston are Wycliffe Missionaries. From 1982-2005, they raised their children on a remote mission field in Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, living with and gaining the love and trust of the Alambak people, who had no written language! After creating an alphabet, and teaching the people to read what they heard and spoke, they were able to begin translating Scripture into the heart language of the Alambak people. We can only imagine the impact this has had on these precious people! Currently, Mel and Pat are working on translations in Nigeria. Link: https://www.wycliffe.org/partner/DB13BB
The Immokalee Friendship House has been one of our local Mission Projects since the 1960’s. Nuns began this work, though it has long been run by an executive director and a board, who meet the needs of people on the streets by providing a safe, clean place to stay with 3 meals a day, clothing, showers, laundry services; referrals to jobs, housing, schools, daycare, clinics, hospitals, other services and case management. Daniel Washington, executive director, is a strong yet compassionate leader for the Immokalee Friendship House and its clients. Link: http://stmatthewshouse.org/programs/immokalee-friendship-house/
Cross-Training Ministries, located west of Clewiston, was founded by local Christians who saw a need to offer Jesus to young men with abuse and addiction problems. Their letterhead explains their mission: “Christian Drug and Alcohol Regeneration – Training Young Men to be Disciples of Christ.” These men must be chosen for the program and fit into a very strict and disciplined schedule, learning first about the Lord and then their relationship with Him, and finally their relationship with others, including seeking healing and forgiveness from the often broken family relationships they came from. The success of this program is truly because of God’s hand in it. The men are also taught good work ethics, and fund much of the program by their lawn service business. Consider having them do your mowing…they are a delight to have in your yard! Link: http://www.ctmflorida.com/
FFCC Food For Children of Clewiston: This partnership between FUMC and FFCC is directed by Aimee Sweet. The mission here is to provide food on the weekends for local school children who would not otherwise have food to eat. To volunteer personally or with your group contact Aimee at 561-261-7870 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also fill out the form below. Approximately 200 children benefit from this program.