Through our World Impact Ministries, we partner with organizations and groups to make a positive impact in our world. In our partnerships and missions trips with ZOE Empowers and Allies in Youth Development, we equip orphans in Rwanda, India, Russia and Eastern Europe with tools and training to overcome life-threatening poverty for good. Our partnership with UMCOR supports missionaries in Africa and Mexico and provides resources for urgent needs throughout our world. We partner with many other groups and organizations to share the love of God and make a positive impact throughout the world.
Allies in Youth Development sponsors orphans in over 70 orphanages throughout Russia, Eastern Europe, and the world. As children enter these orphanages, most of them lack basic necessities such as shoes, clothing, and even a bar of soap.
Volunteer to pack up boxes of clothing, hygiene kits, and supplies to be shipped out for orphans in the Allies programs around the world. You can also support orphans by making a purchase in the Allies in Youth’s Amazon Wish List.
Through the General Board of Global Ministries, the United Methodist Church trains and sends missionaries all over the world. We currently provide support for:
Since 2009 our church has partnered with the Ganta Mission Station, helping their leaders to rebuild capacity and infrastructure that was lost during a 14-year civil war. The mission station consists of a school (elementary through high school), a church, a hospital, a nursing school, agricultural projects, an eye clinic, a vocational school, and a leper colony. First Methodist Mansfield provides scholarships to help build capacity for hospital staff. So far we have provided full scholarships for two nurses, an anesthetist, an accountant, and are currently funding the education for an x-ray technician. This video provides helpful insight into the life of the hospital.
Members of our church also provide scholarships to elementary and high school students each year. It costs $200 to send a child to school for one year. Fifty students received FMCM scholarships last year. You can see pictures and letters from some of the students here. To learn more about providing scholarships to students at Ganta Mission School, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is a non-profit, global mission organization dedicated to alleviating human suffering wherever needed throughout the world. UMCOR’s work includes programs and projects in disaster response, health, sustainable agriculture, food security, relief supplies, and more.
Through financial donations as well as donation of relief kits, support from our church helps fund the ongoing work of UMCOR. We also send teams each year to serve at UMCOR Sager Brown in Baldwin, Louisiana. Sager Brown is the relief supplies processing and distribution site for every corner of the world.
ZOE Empowers Ministry transforms the lives of orphaned and vulnerable children from poverty and neglect to self-sufficiency and community within three years. This happens through Education, Encouragement, and Advocacy. We celebrate these two groups that graduated in June 2020.
When these children first joined the ZOE India program they had been living in extreme poverty and instability . Many had been living with a caregiver who shared their shelter but could not provide adequate food, education, health care or other support that children need.
First Methodist is a ZOE Hope Companion, sponsoring 1000 children every 3 years on their journey out of poverty. Over the past six years, we have sponsored over 2000 children in Rwanda who are now self-sufficient. Our ZOE class of 2016-2018 includes children in three countries.