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International Missions

 

  

 g Central United Methodist Church reaches out in Christian love and compassion to meet the needs of people in the United States and around the world by:

  • Providing financial support and volunteer assistance for numerous local agencies and national projects.
  • Sending work teams and ongoing financial support around the world to places like Bolivia, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Russia and the Dominican Republic.

For more information contact Elizabeth Devereuax.

 

Casa de Esperanza

 

Casa de Esperanza is an orphanage which approximately 80 children call home. As servants at Casa de Esperanza we would work to help with the infrastructure of the orphanage but also work with the children. There is always a need for those who have special skills in the fields of medicine, construction, art, ministry, etc. to serve. For more information, go to:

https://www.facebook.com/HogarCDEBolivia/.

Missions Gallery
A look into Central's international missions work,
Central UMC Missions Reflections

 

A Reflection from Ruth Hopkins

 

When I arrived in Ecuador my first impression and one that lasted the whole trip was the mind boggling beauty of this part of God's creation. From the grandeur of the snow capped mountains of the Andes, to the blue blue waters of a crater lake at 14,000 ft altitude, to the miles and miles of small farms that dot the green mountainsides - what a special country. Herds of sheep and llamas shared the narrow mountain roads as we travelled in our open air truck to visit schools and the 5 rural libraries established and maintained by R.E.A.D. - Rural Eduation Advancement & Development.

 

Our projects included painting the outside of the main library, new shelving for another, pruning flower beds (using children's scissors), presenting an inter-active astronomy lesson, organizing craft projects, sorting clothes for the big sale and catalogging new books. We attended programs where the students received awards for reading the most books and where parents and children expressed their gratitude to R.E.A.D. for the help (supplies, uniforms, transportation) they receive to continue their education.

 

One special project was to help a severely handicapped 5 year old boy become adjusted to using a wheelchair instead of having his mother carry him everywhere on her back.

 

The last two days we enjoyed some "tourist time" zip-lining, horseback riding, and waterfall tours in Los Banos which is the gateway to the Amazon. Then on to the beautiful capital city of Quito where we visited the Equator Museum (only Julie could balance an egg on a nail head) and the bustling crowded Central Market for souvenirs.

 

The lasting highlight of this trip will be the memory of the throngs of children with smiling faces crowded around us to shake our hands and wish us "Buenos Dias!!!" It was a wonderful opportunity to put my faith into action.

 

Educational Concerns for Hunger Organization (ECHO)

 

Since the early 1970's, an organization called ECHO (Educational Concerns for Hunger Organization) has operated ECHOLogoBlockGreenwithTaglinein North Fort Myers, Florida. ECHO networks with community leaders in developing countries to seek hunger solutions for families growing food under difficult conditions.

 

Their goal is to strengthen the ministry of missionaries, Peace Corp volunteers, development organizations and relief workers who work with small farmers in the developing world with new farming innovations and techniques. Central may have an opportunity to send a mission team to work on ECHO's farm in the summer of 2017.

 

Extensive information can be found about this vital ministry at ECHOnet.org. Visit the site and learn about the fabulous Moringa Miracle Tree. If you have an interest in learning about how you and our church can get more involved, please contact Elizabeth Devereaux or Jim Kuse.