Missions is a central part of what we do here at First UMC. Helping others is at the core of our faith. This year we changed it up a little with COVID-19 and restrictions on worship we have decided to switch from a Monthly Schedule to a Bi-Monthly one. So we will be collecting for one cause 2 months at a time.
In 1978 Southeast Louisiana Youth for Christ Inc. was formed with the purpose of reaching youth with the good news of Jesus Christ. For thirty-three years the ministry has been predominantly public school oriented and known primarily as Campus Life. Today the name is TEAM 5:18 and Campus Life is Campus Outreach. The names have changed but the goals remain the same. In recent years the advent of large churches and their investment in youth ministry has targeted those schools very effectively with outreach to the youth of the traditional "nuclear family'. During that same time, Shane O'Hara and Jeff Boren (the staff) had begun to focus on kids falling through the cracks. The ministry expanded to include mentoring for at risk children from father absent homes and programs and mentoring for institutionalized children. These endeavors eventually led us to partnerships with a group of prison and youth ministries that we believe are providing some of the most effective ministry for reaching children and ministering to their families in America. These ministries are all found highlighted on this web site. As our involvement grew with these ministries and our forms of ministry increased "CAMPUS LIFE" no longer seemed an accurate name for all we do. Because what we do either RECONCILES MAN TO GOD, or RECONCILES FATHERS TO THEIR CHILDREN and since one of our primary goals is to mobilize and equip the Body of Christ to accomplish this the name TEAM 5:18 based on 2 Corinthians 5:18 seemed an appropriate umbrella name for our endeavors.
New Life in Christ Aftercare Ministries is an interdenominational ministry whose purpose is to provide support and connections for women who have been or are incarcerated in Lehigh County of Pennsylvania to help them establish new life patterns and successfully re-enter society. VISION The body of Christ working together to provide loving support and training in godliness that those who enter our care might be transformed from destructive life patterns and firmly established in godly living.
Caring for the physical and spiritual needs of those whose parents were killed in war or by AIDS. During the civil war, many men and women were physically attacked and killed, particularly in East Congo. As a result, there were great numbers of orphans in Kindu. Many mothers most of whom were widows, were raped during the war. Died of HIV/AIDS, leaving behind their children. The church saw the need, to establish an orphanage program. To enable them to help provide a safe nest for orphans. The East Congo United Methodist Church is currently using portion of the East Congo UMC Women Center to provide minimum care for these children and youth. The facility needs to be improved, as well as the conditions to the services and care being provided.
There are over 2,500 Alabama girls in foster care every year. For 30 years, Grace House has been providing stable, Christian homes for Alabama girls in foster care on our residential campus in Fairfield, AL. Grace House's comprehensive approach seeks to end the cycles of poverty and abuse that are so prevalent in the lives of the girls that we serve by educating, equipping, and empowering them to become mature, Godly women.
The United Methodist Home for Children (UMHC) was founded in 1917 by the Central Pennsylvania Conference of the Methodist Church (now the Susquehanna Conference of the United Methodist Church) as an orphanage. Each day, the Mechanicsburg campus serves approximately 35 children between the ages of 12-20 using a collaborative trauma-informed approach to care. UMHC contracts with county, state and federal agencies to provide safe, residential care to youth and support services to their families and communities.
When, as a community, we make sure that everyone can reach their potential and fully contribute to our communities, we all benefit. Maximizing the potential of children, people who are our neighbors, our workforce, and our civic body ensures that our communities remain vibrant places to live, work, and play.
The children we serve have conditions like clubfoot, bowed legs, cleft lips, untreated burns, and hydrocephalus. Without treatment, they will have little hope for a future. Many will die from their condition.
That’s why CURE exists. We’re a non-profit organization that operates charitable hospitals and programs in 12 countries worldwide where patients experience the life-changing message of God’s love for them, receiving surgical treatment regardless of gender, religion, or ethnicity.
Since our founding in 1996, CURE hospitals have performed more than 213,800 procedures, and surgeons trained by CURE have performed more than 15,000 procedures to treat hydrocephalus and spina bifida.
Most importantly, we have seen God move in the lives of our patients, their families, and their communities and have had the opportunity to witness more than 190,200 expressions of faith in Jesus Christ.