We support several missionary families around the world and send teams each year to build relationships and share the Good News of Jesus Christ. We provide opportunities for our members to participate in church-based community development projects such as medical and clean water initiatives.
MFUMC has had relationships with several Arizona Native American tribes, both in the southern and in the northern high desert regions. In the past youth groups have led missions to these areas, however recent trips have included adults and families. Our program has expanded to work with churches, tribal community centers, food banks and processing centers, and last year assisting with preparation for a Navajo regional fair. We are constantly looking to expand the scope of this mission both for service to Native American communities and for our cultural education. If you wish to remain in the US, yet experience a culture very different from what you might expect or has been portrayed in film and TV, plus the bonus of seeing spectacular western vistas, then please join us.
- Czech Republic
We are in the second year of our UMC In Mission Together covenant with Praha 2 church in the center of Prague the capital city. Our partnership seeks a collaborative engagement focusing on community service, congregational inspiration, relationship building, and spiritual formation. In past trips, we have participated in Praha 2’s Senior Group, weekly Bible study, and worship services. Other fellowship activities have included their weekly prayer meeting with a jointly-prepared luncheon and visits to the nearby English-speaking UMC that attracts international members. Future trips will build on our church-to-church relationship and community service projects. As always, our hosts encourage us to get out and explore their homeland, learn their history, experience their culture, and sample their wonderful cuisine.
We are continuing our community development with the Sewasewe Genet Compound. This church-based ministry is home to 180 orphan children, 135 people with mental illness, 250 elders and 85 volunteers. We are helping to develop clean water supplies, a library, feeding programs and improvements to care for mental ward patients. Our main purpose is to develop ongoing relationships with the residents and staff of the compound for long term support and community building for this Christian community.
- The Republic of Georgia
We work through local community developers with two schools for internally displaced persons who are forced to relocate in Georgia due to military action by Russia. MFUMC has provided resources for auditorium renovations, two libraries, gymnasium renovations, and sports equipment (including uniforms for school soccer teams). We have also helped with English-learning activities and dialogues with the teachers. This year’s projects include classroom renovations, sports activities, and interaction with children in the classroom.
MFUMC has been sponsoring mission trips to Guatemala every year in June since 2003. We work at a children’s home and school called LaSenda in the town of Sumpango. Our missionary partners are Steve and Pam English and their ministry is called The World our Parish (TWOP). The children’s home is a small home for court-appointed children who have come from difficult circumstances. Our projects include painting, teaching/teacher observation, small building projects, maintenance projects and leading morning devotions for the school. The most important thing we do is to further our relationships with Pam, Steve and the children who call LaSenda home and to continue to share God’s love with them and the other Guatemalans we encounter.
This ongoing community development works through the Methodist Church in Liberia including the United Methodist Women on projects to help Liberians recover from the Ebola Crisis through job skills development, childcare, education, and Bible Study. We support efforts of our Missionary Partner Helen Evans-Roberts on projects to serve orphanages and schools.
For over twelve years, we have worked with the local Methodist church and community developer Pablo Beltran on projects such as school construction, water purification, Bible Schools, tree plantings, sports activities, home construction and, more recently, a medical mission. Our trip this fall will include a medical mission outreach, coordinating with local medical volunteers, to provide much needed care to this underserved community and other community projects. For a list of medial supply donations requested, please click on link. https://www.mariettafumc.org/peru
Other Ways to Serve with MFUMC’s Global Mission Ministry
Mission Team Prayer Partners
Every MFUMC mission team member has a prayer partner to offer support, encouragement, and daily prayer for the trip and the mission. As a prayer partner, you would:
- Pray for the mission team member each day
- Write 3 cards of encouragement that the mission team member will be given on the trip
- Come forward with the mission team member and lay hands on them during the commissioning prayer
Each of our global mission teams provide opportunities to share supplies for the projects in the communities they serve. Items for donation might include vitamins, over the counter medications, tooth brushes and tooth paste, school supplies, and crafts. Please watch for future announcements in the church bulletin throughout the year and look for the collection bins.