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Working throughout our world
We are responding to the call to reach God's people, not only in our own community, but throughout the world. We have established ongoing partnerships with ministries in Mexico and are currently developing covenant relationships with ministries in Africa. In addition, we are in the process of building a United Methodist Volunteers in Mission Program that will allow us to connect to mission opportunities throughout our nation and our world.
"But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth." Acts 1:8
As you explore these global mission opportunities, please consider where God is leading us and how you might be a part of touching the world. Please contact , Director of Mission Ministries, with any questions.
Africa is a continent in crisis...but not a people without hope. Thousands of children are orphaned each day as a result of the AIDS pandemic, coupled with draught, and political and economic turmoil. Even so, you will find they are people of tremendous faith and hope, struggling against all odds to claim the promise of God's Grace and provision. FUMC has committed to join them in facing the struggle. We have partnered with ZOE (Zimbabwe Orphans Endeavor) Ministry and we have yearly mission trips to Africa. First Methodist Mansfield also participates in other projects such as sending Bibles to communities in Africa.
For the past six years, First Methodist Mansfield has been in ministry in the Matamoros, Mexico community. We have a covenant relationship with our sister church in Matamoros, El Buen Pastor United Methodist Church. We have helped them in the building of their church, and we worship with them whenever we have the opportunity. Our mission work in Matamoros has been centered in the Dereches Humanos colonia. Working through Southwest Good Samaritan Ministries and Juntos Servimos, both established border ministries, we coordinate our efforts with Methodist volunteer missionary, .
UMCOR is a worldwide ministry of the United Methodist Church, providing disaster response and ongoing relief efforts wherever needed throughout the world. Support from our local church helps to fund this awesome organization. There are also numerous ways that individuals or small groups can contribute by providing funds or needed resources. Donations to any UMCOR Advance can be made through your church offering by writing the on the memo line of the check. Offerings made through the church office are credited to our church's mission giving.
UMVIM is a missionary movement within the United Methodist Church designed to provide an official channel whereby Christians, both lay and clergy, may offer their skills and talents for Christian service at home and around the world on short-term assignments at their own expense. First Methodist Mansfield sponsors several UMVIM trips each year, as does the Central Texas Conference. Persons interested in leading a trip to any UMVIM destination in the world, may receive Leader Training and go and serve the world!
First Methodist Mansfield partners with Joni and Friends , an international disabilities ministry, to provide wheelchairs to people in developing countries through their Wheels for the World program. Our volunteers have delivered over 800 wheelchairs, as well as hundreds of walkers, canes and crutches to Mexico. In 2007, we also sent 100 wheelchairs to Africa. First Methodist Mansfield member Winn Hatt, is the Joni and Friends regional intake coordinator. He receives used wheelchairs and delivers them to an Oklahoma prison, where they are restored and then sent out into the world. In October 2005, FUMC was honored to receive the Joni and Friends Church of the Year Award.
Through the General Board of Global Ministries, the United Methodist Church trains and sends missionaries all over the world. We are currently providing support for:
- Dr. Christiana Koisey Hena - a commissioned missionary doctor in Kazakhstan who is working to establish a Comprehensive Community-Based Primary Health Care Program in that area.
- A team of 4 United Methodist Pastors in Haiti.