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, based right here in Mansfield, Texas, sponsors orphans in over 70 orphanages around the world. They are connected in more than 15 cities throughout Ukraine, as well as Eastern Europe, and the world.
During this troubling time, their priorities continue to be the safety and welfare of the children and youth in their care, many of whom are special needs. They have also added goals of helping with shelter for some 400 families in a refugee camp, elderly care in the region, and Moldova and neighboring countries that are in desperate need of support.
You can help by donating below as they are able to access our donations to make an immediate impact on their efforts.
Our Military Ministry is collecting donations for the USO. Please take a moment and gather one or more of these items and drop them off in one of our Big Blue Bins by November 6th.
Single-Serve Items: Trail Mix, Beef Jerky, Sunflower Seeds, Juice Boxes, and individual bags of chips.
Personal Care Items: Men’s and Women’s deodorant, lip balm/chapstick.
Miscellaneous Items: AA and AAA Batteries, coloring books for children and adults, crayons, and coloring pencils.
Through the General Board of Global Ministries, the United Methodist Church trains and sends missionaries all over the world. We currently provide support for:
Ganta United Methodist Mission Station – Liberia, West Africa
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 email@example.com.
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.
Pray for our ZOE India Empowerment Groups
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.
- The Best of Future group includes 37 households with 56 total children.
- The Everything is Possible group includes 38 households with 86 total children.
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.
ZOE Orphan Empowerment Ministry – Rwanda and India
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.