There are so many needs and so many creative ways to serve the Lord in missions. Here are some we have found:
Adopt-a-Chaplain: www.adopt-a-chaplain.org/ Adopt-a-Chaplain is a Christ-centered ministry that is dedicated to supporting our troops through the ministries of chaplains. By adopting chaplains and their families, we pray for and communicate with them regularly. We send care packages to chaplains serving in the Middle East and they distribute the items to our troops.
Alzheimer's Memory Walk: http://www.kintera.org/FAF/home/default.asp?ievent=460248
Memory Walk is the Alzheimer’s Association’s signature fundraising event to help those battling Alzheimer’s disease. It is a pledge-based event. Participants can register as individuals or they can form teams. Whether you participate as an individual or as a team, you are encouraged to raise money through friends, family, colleagues and community acquaintances.
Alternative gift giving ideas:
-- Red Bird Mission in Beverly, KY, provides craft items on consignment. Call 800-898-6153 or see www.rbmission.org.
-- SERRV International markets fairly traded crafts and foods from around the world for purchase: call (608) 255-0440 www.serrv.org.
-- Heifer International provides animals and training to families in 115 countries. Call 800-422-0474 www.heifer.org.
-- Ten Thousand Villages, a program of the mennonite and Brethren in Christ churches, provides fair income to third-world artisans by marketing their crafts. Call 717-859-8100 or visit www.tenthousandvillages.org.
Carolina Cross Connection.
A week at CCC is a week of building a Christian community, practicing leadership skills, serving people in need, and knowing God more deeply. You and your youth group will gather at one of CCC’s five camp locations, with 60-70 other campers from all over the nation. Each day, youth and adults are sent out in small work teams to perform home repairs for elderly, disabled, lonely, and impoverished folks throughout western North Carolina. Projects might include construction (porches, steps, wheelchair ramps, floor repair, roof repair, outhouses, etc.), painting, yardwork, underpinning a mobile home, house cleaning, and other jobs. Our campers also strive to share the love of Christ with the folks for whom we work, ministering to their emotional, social, intellectual and spiritual needs as well. In the evenings, all participants return to camp to participate in community building, worship, games, devotional time, sharing, and all-around craziness! It is a week of faith in action…love in person. http://www.carolinacrossconnection.org
Children's Attention Home
www.attentionhome.org. Located in Rock Hill, SC. Here you will find listings of upcoming events; the current needs of the children and Home, volunteer opportunities, employment opportunities and updates of our building project.
Sponsor children in USA. As a child sponsor with Children, Incorporated, you can help a child every day…not just after tragedy strikes. Poverty doesn’t come around only after a tragedy and neither does Children, Incorporated. As a CI sponsor, you can help provide a child in the U.S. or overseas with food, clothing, healthcare and education - EVERY DAY. Your assistance, our assistance, to the children isn’t temporary. We are building futures and relationships. Join us today and make a difference in a child’s life, not just his tomorrow.
free-loan video library. You pay return shipping. Church World Service is a cooperative ministry of 36 Protestant, Orthodox, and Anglican communities, providing sustainable self-help and development, disaster relief, and refugee assistance in more than 80 countries.
Diapers for Honduras (from new or slightly used t-shirts of any color) = Over 100,000 diapers have been delivered to Honduras since February 2004. Your support of this on-going project is welcomed and encouraged. Diapers can be made from t-shirts or any other absorbent fabric. Pattern provided on website. www.nemnsynod.org/diapers.html
equalexchange.stores.yahoo.net/ = Around the world, coffee and fellowship come together where we share community. By using Equal Exchange Fairly Traded coffees and teas, your congregation or community can enjoy a great cup of coffee while helping small farmers in the developing world as they build a better future for themselves and their families. This wholesale webstore is for churches, congregations and organizations that would like to order fairly traded coffees, teas, hot cocoa mix, chocolate bars, and other products for use for coffee service, fundraising, buying clubs or home use. All orders are by the full case only and must be prepaid by credit card (Mastercard and Visa only).
Faith Ministries Mexico = Mission Mexico began in 1985 and for the first five years operated as a home based ministry of helps. Faith Ministries construction teams helped build two churches in Mexico and developed a ministry of distribution to the poor. Many tons of food, clothing, Christian literature, and medical supplies brought relief to the needy. http://www.faithministriesmexico.org/
www.kenyaorphanageproject.org/=Kenya Orphanage Project, P.O. Box 5234, Lake Wylie, SC 29710. Phone: 803-831-2012. firstname.lastname@example.org. The Kenya Orphanage Project (KOP) is an IRS designated 501(c)(3) not for profit corporation whose sole purpose is the support of the construction and ongoing operation of the Jubilee Children's Center, an orphanage and school in the Ruai District of Nairobi, Kenya, East Africa. KOP is one of the mission emphasis of 1st UMC, Clover.
You can pick out a thank you card and the Xerox company will print it and it will be sent to a soldier that is currently serving in Iraq. You can't pick out who gets it, but it will go to some member of the armed services. It's free and only takes a second.
Light the Night Leukemia / Lymphoma Society: www.lightthenight.org
Evening walk for The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's nationwide fund-raising.
"Little Red Wagon" food campaign = During Lent, Advent, or designated month children will pull the wagon through the church during Sunday school or worship or evening event to collect specific food items. (idea from Antioch, Rock Hill)
www.thelostboysfoundation.org/ = The Foundation's mission is to the reunification and living enhancement of the Lost Boys of Nashville by working with the Lost Boys and their leadership to create and fund a community complex. In order to make this happen the Foundation is hosting a series of fundraising events. The proceeds will go to the Foundation, whose commitment is to the reunification and living enhancement of the Lost Boys of Sudan who have made Nashville their home.
www.madd.org = The mission of MADD is to stop drunk driving, support the victims of this violent crime and prevent underage drinking. Get involved with your local MADD office today to make a difference to your family, friends, and neighbors. 1-800-248-6233.
A national day of helping others -- a celebration of neighbors helping neighbors. Everyone can participate. Created by USA WEEKEND Magazine, Make A Difference Day is an annual event that takes place on the fourth Saturday of every October. One SC church collected 500 bars of soap for their project!
Marion Mission Storehouse:
P.O.Box 38, 409 E. Highland Avenue, Marion IN 46952. Accepts donations of used postage stamps (cut from envelopes, with at least 1/2" border of paper). Proceeds from sale of stamps goes toward shipping costs for missionary supplies worldwide.
Send greetings at Christmas and year-round to deployed military personnel.
Native American Committee of the S.C. UMC
T-Shirts for sale: The t-shirts are grey with "Making the Invisible, Visible" mission focus in blue on the front. On the back is the Native American Commmittee logo. In the center of the logo is the state of South Carolina with a cross in the center and a medicine wheel in the traditional colors. T-shirt prices are $17 for small, medium, large and extra-large; $20 for 2XL; $24 for 3XL; and $26 for 4XL. There is a shipping and handling charge for mailed shirts. Contact Beckee Garris (803-325-4194) or Tracy Pender (803-905-5672) to purchase a shirt.
Native American Elder Basket Christmas project:
The term Elder is generally used in place of senior citizen in American Indian communities. Elders of the Santee Indians (Orangeburg Co.) and the Edisto Indians (Dorchester and Colleton Cos) are in great need. Please collect the needed items for the basketes and call Cathy Nelson at 843-835-8589 to arrange pick up. A small laundry basket is filled with following: non-perishable canned or packaged good, laundry detergent, dish washing liquid, bath soap, shampoo, hand/body lotion, toothpaste, toothbrush, toilet paper, box of tissue, Christmas candy. Donations are also accepted. Mail to Conference Office, to the attention of Willie Teague or Gail Corn and marked for "Native American Elder basket"
www.operationshoebox.com = Care packages for active military deployed overseas.
"Paws Together" group from St. John's, Rock Hill, visits local nursing home and assisted living facilities. Call (803) 327-3113 for information. www.stjohnsrh.org. They follow the AKC Good Citizenbship Guidelines and evaluate the dogs for good temperament and behavior that would not get stressed in a visiting situation.
Partnering Church with Asbury Seminary Students
a ministry in which local churches help support Asbury students. Congregations get special guidelines to encourage them to establish a ministry scholarship fund. Donations are tax-deductable. Contact Dr. William Lee Strawhun, Jr. Director of Lumni & Church Ministries, Asbury Theological Seminary, 204 North Lexington Avenue, Wilmore, KY 40390-1199. Telephone (859) 858-2305. email Lee_Strawhun@asburyseminary.edu
Prison Ministry donation items: Here are suggestions for possible needed items: pencils, erasers, paperback novels, shampoo & conditioner in clear bottles, stick deodorant (no gel or roll-on), lotion, bar soap, small combs, plain white t-shirts, paperback crossword puzzle books, stamped envelopes, religious material (magazines, paperback Bible study material, paperback study guides). Contact your local jail or prison for exactly which items they might need and others they might suggest.
Project Linus (quilts and blankets for children in various difficult situations): www.projectlinus.org/about.shtml
Red Cross "Sunshine Bags" http://www.redcross.org/ to find local organization. Sunshine bags are for infants, children and teens in emergency and transition situations. Prepared bags can be donated to local Child Protective Services, who then distributed them. The bags contain small gifts of basic hygiene supplies and small toys.
www.salkehatchie.org/ = Salkehatchie Summer Service is a pioneering servant ministry at selected sites in South Carolina involving high school and college age youth, adult community leaders and persons of different cultures in upgrading housing, motivating community cooperative efforts by helping persons to help themselves, and providing all participants with opportunities for personal growth and service.
www.samaritansfeet.org = an International ministry focused on bringing a life-changing message of hope to youths and children through sports and recreational adventures. We provide relief to hurting people displaced due to poverty, ravaged wars, and religious persecution. We demonstrate compassion by washing and equipping their feet with shoes, and touching their hearts with the love of God. Interested in hosting a "Shoe of Hope" Drive in your city, church or school? To book a Samaritan's Feet representative to come speak at your function, please call toll free 866-833-SHOE or email email@example.com
sponsors Christmas and Easter shoeboxe "care packages" for children worldwide.
S. C. School for the Deaf and Blind: The website has a link to their Wish List for needed supplies and donations. http://www.scsdb.k12.sc.us/.
"Share the warmth"
gently used or new coats or sweaters donated to local schools, DSS, etc
"Toys for Happiness"
A joint project of the United Way of York County and WRHI Radio of Rock Hill. The United Way maintains a database to ensure that some families are not served several times while others are left out. Local groups can use the database to check on applicants who come to them. Toys gathered at the church can be delivered to United Way for packaging and pick-up by parents in time for Christmas. www.myspace.com/toysforhappiness
www.sc-umvim-ert.com = Information on United Methodist Volunteers in Mission: who we are, how to contact them, articles, photos, documents, events, training, links to other and related organizations, geographical Early Response Team information, team makeup and membership information including how to sign up to be a member.
a 100% volunteer project that delivers blankets and other warm items to the homeless and displaced while strengthening families through charity work.
Volunteers are encouraged to work with friends, co-workers and family members to complete an afghan and donate it in their community. Volunteers donate their time to crochet and knit a 7" X 9" rectangle (or more). Sections are either joined by individuals or groups in a community and donated locally or sent to Foundation headquarters for joining and distribution.
students go 30 hours without food to get a taste of what it's like to be hungry. Participants raise donations for World Vision. Visit website or call 1-800-732- 6463. 463.
Red Bird Missionary Conference is one of three missionary conferences in the United States. It is located in the Southeastern Kentucky and is the most comprehensive mission effort of The United Methodist Church in the United States in terms of its outreach and services. The mission of the Red Bird Missionary Conference of The United Methodist Church is to minister to the spiritual, physical, educational, and economic needs of people and to equip them to fulfill their God-given potential.
Interfaith Hospitality Network of York County (IHNYC) is a local not-for-profit organization that provides meals, shelter, support services, and life skills training f
Throughout the world, Operation Smile volunteers repair childhood facial deformities while building public and private partnerships that advocate for sustainable healthcare systems for children and families. Together, we create smiles, change lives, heal humanity.
Please call if you would like to help the House by being a volunteer or assisting with one of our fund raising programs. Website includes a list of volunteer opportunities and house needs.
Recognized by UMVIM. Group trips to Apalachia, inner cities and coastal areas. Trips for Youth, College Groups, Adults, Seniors. Starting at $275 per person.
UMVIM: Ken & Betty Hudson. Members of First, Lancaster. (803) 283-8406.
UMVIM: Bill Hutchinson, Jr. Member of First, Lancaster. (803) 283-8406.
www.zoeministry.org = an Advance Special of the United Methodist Church that establishes care for orphans and vulnerable children in ecumenical ministries in Africa to equip them with life skills, linking churches with ministries caring for them, reaching children for Christ, and coordinating work teams from the United States.
Aldersgate Special Needs Ministry
Judy Weathers, Chairperson. firstname.lastname@example.org