The organizations we have chosen to concentrate on for our Faith Promise Offerings for 2016 are:
The United Methodist Midwest Mission Distribution Center is a partnering effort for mission work around the world. It is a disaster relief facility about 4 miles south of Springfield, IL.. It is a depot in the UMCOR Relief Supply Network, providing disaster relief kits, resources and supplies for the world’s disaster. It is also a volunteer work site, bringing to life the John Wesley quote: “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.”
The Redbird Missionary Conference is a mission in southeastern Kentucky which is a witness for Christ in the heart of Appalachia. It is meeting community needs and developing disciples through ministry in rural Appalachia. Many of the people in this isolated, economically poor area have many needs which they cannot supply answers for. The medical and dental clinic, the K-12 school, and the Henderson Settlement all work together to provide their community needs.
Did you know that malaria is the leading cause of death among children of Africa (one child dies every second from malaria)? Nothing But Nets is saving lives by providing insecticide-treated nets to people in Africa for sleeping purposes at night, when the disease-infected mosquitos are active. The UMC has partnered with the NCAA, as well as the Bill Gates Foundation and others to help end this terrible disease.
The United Methodist church was growing rapidly in Africa around 1980, and decided that Africa needed an institution of higher learning. In 1985, Zimbabwe was chosen as the site, and Africa University opened its doors in 1992. It is a private, international higher learning institution, founded and supported by the United Methodist Church. Twelve hundred students annually can acquire general and professional knowledge and skills, grow in spiritual maturity, develop sound moral values, ethics and leadership qualities.
United Campus Ministries, located at 321 N 7th Street in Terre Haute, serves the communities of Indiana State University, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Ivy Tech Community College and Harrison College. Comprised of people from many faith backgrounds, UCM is a safe and nurturing community where people wrestle with questions of life and faith and meaning. The mission of UCM is to provide space and support for students and the community for discovering, understanding, growing in and living out a faith journey in a multi-faith world.
14th and Chestnut is a faith-based non-profit organization making a difference in the lives of local children. Pastor Bill Felts is the director. He and his staff provide programs and resources for children. From 3-6 pm an after school program provides a snack, homework help, sports, games, crafts, chapel and dinner. The Center also provides an amazing all day summer program for kids. Breakfast and lunch are provided. On Fridays a field trip is taken to local sites. A food bank and clothes closet is also available for the community.
Habitat for Humanity puts love and faith into action by bringing people together build homes and hope. They welcome volunteers from all backgrounds regardless of race, religion, gender or political views. Wabash Valley habitat is part of a global non-profit organization operated on Christian principles. Habitat believes that every man, woman and child should have a simple place to live in dignity and safety. In the Terre Haute area Habitat has built 62 homes.
The mission of HEMEfund Worldwide is to improve communities around the world by helping adults, children, and family’s break the cycle of homelessness and poverty. This is accomplished by providing assistance in the areas of HOUSING, EDUCATION, MEDICAL and EMPLOYMENT to enable them to attain their fullest potential as individuals.
Many of you probably remember William Seo, who, while stationed in Afghanistan, began Project Afghanistan to help provide people with shoes. It was a tremendous success and it morphed into the current HEME organization that currently is helping widows & orphans in Afghanistan through schools that provide vocational training and education for widows and orphans. The schools teach them how to sew and run a home based business. Temple and Terre Haute have deep ties with this nonprofit organization AND its founder, William. For more information the HEME website is: http://www.hemefund.org/
Families By Choice meets the basic needs of persons at a distance from their family of origin either geographically or emotionally. They provide a transitional (after the crisis for up to two years) housing program for special populations in our various programs:
- Deborah’s House for single women with young children 12 and under.
- Project Jonathan for intellectually challenged adults
- Timothy’s House for men with preference to those exiting foster care, as well as men who are having medical, homeless issues.
Families By Choice also provides the following services:
- Supplemental food delivery services for the disabled and elderly
- Collaborative solution development for clients referred to FBC or being served by other agencies
- Advocacy work for those living in poverty
- Public speaking on the issues of homelessness and poverty
- Training for those considering volunteer work in the area of homelessness and poverty
- Community awareness with other agencies on the importance of strong, positive choice-making families
- Operation Cooperation to Feed- filling and delivering food boxes to elderly and disabled families, such as Garfield Gardens, Garfield Towers and the Deming Center here in Terre Haute.
Next Step has been created through and by a group of people committed to following God’s will for their lives and the lives of those they serve.From the very first step, they have sought to follow God’s will for serving those in the grip of addiction. All of the house managers and program and operations directors have extensive experience in the field of addiction and in helping others through the journey of recovery.
The Next Step Community is made up of several properties within the Farrington Grove neighborhood serving people in various stages of recovery. The main recovery home is The Sanctuary House, which is a large facility on Washington Ave. in Farrington Grove that can house up to 20 women. The women can then move on to the Journey House, which is a facility around the corner from the main recovery home that provides apartment style living for individual women. There is also a resource center and coffee house, called The Meeting Grounds, where various 12-step meetings, classes and events are held. There is also a men’s recovery home nearby, called The Cornerstone House which can house up to 8 men.
The women and men and families that make up the Next Step Community strive to not only maintain sobriety, but also to recover in such a way that they can give back to the community and become powerful role models to those seeking to overcome addiction.