New Neighbors

Our church has a heart for refugees and recent immigrants. Through our Montagnard Outreach ministry, which has been active for many years, we have helped a number of refugee families to assimilate and thrive in their new home. We continue to advocate against abuses against the Montagnard people by the Vietnamese government, and host a Montagnard congregation for worship in our sanctuary each Sunday afternoon. More recently, we have worked with Church World Service to help newer refugees and immigrants in various ways, currently by providing rental housing for a family who fled Syria’s civil war.

Kenya

Our Kenya Mission Team is preparing to return to east Africa in June 2018 for the fifth time since 2010. We’ll again provide support for the Methodist Hospital in the town of Maua, as well as the rural community of Kinanduba. In Kinanduba we have helped build a church, school and clinic, and have raised funds for a demonstration farm, which we hope will be producing crops in the near future. We help pay for teacher salaries and a feeding program at the Kinanduba school. In addition to the team who will make this journey, our children, youth and adults are involved in supporting the trip in other ways that make it a congregation-wide effort.

Kenya 2018

Hunger Relief

Many of us don’t imagine that there’s a hands-on way to fight global hunger, but we’ve found a great one! Through events we host with Rise Against Hunger, our church has packed over 100,000 meals since 2014. A scoop each of rice, veggies, protein and a packet of vitamins are sealed, boxed and shipped by Rise Against Hunger to the developing world. Some meals are delivered to places that have experienced natural disaster. Others are used in schools and orphanages as part of ongoing development efforts. This event is always a great time of fellowship for all ages.

Other

We have been engaged in international ministry directly and indirectly in various other ways. We have sent mission teams to Mexico and Haiti. In summer 2017, in conjunction with a water-themed worship series, members of the church collected coins and cash in excess of $5,000 to dig a well to provide clean water in Ghana through the United Methodist Committee on Relief.