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"Free the Girls"
We donate bras (drop them off in the church office). Then women once enslaved by human trafficking sell them for a profit that helps them build new lives.
Learn more at ... www.FreeTheGirls.com
Make a donation to the Esther Circle's "Free the Girls" fundraising drive at ... https://donate.freethegirls.org/fundraise?fcid=840092
Contact Brooke Crum moc.t1513256149srife1513256149llivs1513256149elbon1513256149@murc1513256149b1513256149 or call the church office 317-773-2500.
Mission Guatemala is different than other mission organizations because of their relationships with community residents.
Regularly, mission groups come into Guatemalan communities with a set idea of what type of project they want to complete, they do the work on their own (often with little interaction with residents), they complete the project, and then simply leave and move on to another community. Mission Guatemala, on the other hand, works with community leaders to identify what projects will be most beneficial to the residents, and then works with them to complete the projects. This builds trust and allows for continued engagement, thereby enabling lasting improvement in the lives of community residents. Common projects include: building of 20+ faucet hand washing stations at schools to promote good hygiene (schools often have only 1 or 2 working faucets for 100+ students), constructing multi-use sport courts for basketball (the 2nd most popular sport in Guatemala) and soccer, building raised sleeping beds (because most homes have dirt floors and during the rainy season water runs through them), improving school classroom and kitchen facilities, constructing chicken coops, and installing high-efficiency home cooking stoves.
The Stove Project ... Many Guatemalan families still use un-vented, wood fires for cooking that simply burn on the floor inside of their homes. This creates many health and safety problems especially for women who are the primary food preparers. The stoves that Mission Guatemala installs use 1/3 as much wood, the fire is fully enclosed (which helps prevent accidental burns to children), and is properly vented for drastically improved household air quality. One woman commented through tears at a recent installation (translated), “This stove proves that God has not forgotten us.”
Mission Guatemala is dedicated to improving the health and nutrition of women and children. Mission Guatemala currently operates 2 school feeding programs which provide a highly nutritious meal Monday – Friday to K-6th grade students year-round. They operate a low-cost medical and dental clinic (typically about 1/10 of the cost of other clinics), and a pharmacy. These facilities especially provide quality prenatal care for women (including ultrasounds), and proper medication for those in need. Mission Guatemala also operates a preschool that provides quality care and programming for young children so that they will have a good educational foundation when they enter Kindergarten. In addition, all preschool students receive free medical and dental care at the clinic.
Mission Guatemala gives a hand up to local Mayan men and women. During the 36-year Civil War that ended in 1998, the indigenous Mayan people were severely persecuted and impoverished. There continues to be a great disparity in wealth and services among the majority Mayan population. Most rural Mayan people work as day laborers in terraced fields growing and harvesting corn (maize) and coffee beans (quite delicious coffee beans at that). Most of their income is spent just on the basic necessities of life – food, water, wood for cooking, and shelter. As a result it is difficult for community residents to escape the cycle of poverty. Mission Guatemala provides good pay, free healthcare, and college tuition to all of its local employees. These Mayan staff members serve as drivers, doctors, dentists, medical assistants, cooks, construction supervisors, translators, and social workers. Because of their employment with Mission Guatemala, staff members are able to help buoy their entire community.
Mission Guatemala encourages mission trip participants to “Do all the good they can” both here in Guatemala and when they return home.
The founder of the Methodist movement, John Wesley, once said, “Do all the good you can. By all the means you can. In all the ways you can. In all the places you can. At all the times you can. To all the people you can. As long as ever you can.” Mission Guatemala offers the love of Christ to the Mayan people of Guatemala, and mission team participants get to be a part of this important work while they are serving in Guatemala. Then when the team members return home they are inspired and empowered to continue to share this love with others right where they live, as well.
To learn more, visit ... www.MissionGuatemala.com
Educational Scholarships & Support
New Horizons Methodist School in Paraguay: Our ORANGE Express kids collect offerings each week to provide scholarships for 4 students.
Operation Classroom: Provide school supplies and support for students and staff in Liberia and Sierra Leone.
Africa University: Operational support for the United Methodist related university in Mutare, Zimbabwe, which educates over 1,200 students from 22 African nations.
Clean Water in Uganda: Together we raised the $10,150 needed to dig a well for the people of Bukangali, Uganda. Thanks to your genorosity the 13,500 people living in the area, including 7,500 children, will now have access to safe drinking water! Our well was officially dedicated on April 20, 2013.
Heifer International: Provide livestock and chickens for people around the world.
Global missionaries we support
Jonathan & Corrine Long: OMS Missionaries in Hungary.
Dr. Dennis Marke: Chief Medical Officer of the UMC General Hospital in Kissy, Sierra Leone. The hospital has been temporarily closed due to the Ebola death of Dr. Martin Salia.
Paul & Sylvia Cummings: OMS Missionaries near Madrid, Spain.
Dr. Elma Jocson: Pediatric Surgeon at Ganta United Methodist Hospital in Liberia.
Rev. Bob Walters: Founder of Friendly Planet Missiology in the Democratic Republic of Congo.