Guatemalan Mission Trip
Six members of St. Matthew’s served in Guatemala along side 14 other team members from Virginia and South Carolina, and Impacto Ministry from June 11-18, 2016. The Happy Tummies children and the Little Grandparents are thrilled to have Prayer Partners from the St. Matthew’s congregation, and they sent their thanks and will be praying for their partners. The Women’s Retreat was a great success, with over 200 women attending when only 100 were expected; miraculously God provided the extra supplies. The team also worked on building the library and it is coming along well. The children are enjoying the books and their teachers say that their reading is improving. We also assisted in building two homes and enjoyed spending a morning at an elementary school. Please know that we’re all important members of this Guatemalan mission team. More updates about all about our adventures and the ways that you have been God’s loving hands will be forthcoming.
On February 20, 2014 our Volunteers In Mission Team began a trip that continues our journey with the St. Matthew High School in Logan Town, Liberia. This is a school we have been supporting with scholarships and construction material starting in 2006. We last sent a team, lead by our pastor, to this school in 2012. The school, located on Bushrod Island, which is a suburb of Monrovia, saw its full share of the catastrophe which was the Liberian Civil Wars. To this day it has no electric power, uses water supplied by a hand pump, and draws its support from a community with a very high unemployment rate. This community is very poor, yet the school provides a solid Christian education for 805 students in Grades K to 12, with an instructional staff of 31 and a school staff of 11. The primary focus of this trip is to complete the construction of the Medical Clinic started on our first trip. When we left, the walls were erected to the beginning of the lintels. We now see the walls have been completed and the roof constructed. We will focus on the finish work of electrical, plumbing, stucco, tiling, and painting. We will also spend time with the students in a variety of ways. Our travelers will return on March 1, 2014.
Africa University opened in March 1992 as the first private, international university in Zimbabwe. Africa University is a United Methodist Church-related project and is being nurtured and funded by church members from all over the world.
CROP is a program of Church World Service, a ministry of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA, the relief, development and refugee assistance arm of 35 Protestant and Orthodox communities. St. Matthew’s sponsors the annual Bowie CROP Walk, which raises money for this program.
Missionaries witness and serve in dramatically different locales and cultures and engage in a range of professions and activities. Missionaries are a tangible connection between the church and mission. St. Matthew’s supports the following missionaries spiritually and financially:
Princess Jusu – serving in Liberia
Helen Roberts-Evans – serving in Liberia
Imagine No Malaria Every 60 seconds, malaria claims a life in Africa. Millions of lives, needlessly lost each year. A continent. Entire nations…slipping away. Imagine No Malaria is an extraordinary effort of the people of The United Methodist Church, putting our faith into action to end preventable deaths by malaria in Africa, especially the death of a child or a mother. Achieving this goal requires an integrated strategy against the disease. As a life-saving ministry, Imagine No Malaria aims to empower the people of Africa to overcome malaria’s burden.
Operation Classroom is a United Methodist mission assisting in Christian-based education and health care in Liberia and Sierra Leone, in partnership with those countries’ United Methodist annual conferences. St. Matthew’s in Bowie, Maryland is dedicated to provide support for the 1,200 students at St. Matthew’s United Methodist School in Logan Town, Liberia (grades K through 12)—an Operation Classroom project.
United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is a program mandated by the General Conference to minister “to persons in need through programs of relief, rehabilitation and service…in the spirit of Jesus Christ, to advance the dignity of persons without regard to religion, race, nationality or sex and to seek to enhance the quality of life in the human community.”
United Methodist Volunteers in Mission (UMVIM) assigns national and international work projects under the auspices of the United Methodist Church. St. Matthew’s participates annually in Juarez, Mexico in the building of low-income housing.