We believe God also calls us from our local communities to be a witness to the ends of the earth. Teams from our church help meet the physical and spiritual needs of communities all around the world.
Appalachia Service Project (ASP) is a hands-on ministry whose goal is two-fold: repairing homes and transforming lives. This summer over 130 volunteers, mostly youth, from First UMC Cary will travel to the mountains of Appalachia to help make homes warmer, safer, dryer and more handicapped-accessible. All will be walking for a week in Jesus’ footsteps. None will walk away from the experience unchanged. ASP lays the groundwork for a lifetime of service that will benefit not just those living in poverty in Appalachia today, but also these young people themselves, our church and the world for years to come. Click here for more information about ASP.
A team of 10-15 youth and adults travels to Boliva each July to assist children in need. Donations of financial assistance or medical supplies are acccepted throughout the year. Contact: Kelley Davis at email@example.com .
The Bosnian Mission was established in 1997, a year after the end of a war that ravaged the country and changed so many lives. At the time UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on relief) opened youth center throughout Bosnia to help children and youth of all ages cope with the aftermath of war. Each summer, volunteers from our church spend two weeks at the Omladinski Center in the town of Gornji vakuf-Uskoplje, planning, organizing, and operating a day camp for the children of the community. The camp serves 75-100 children each day. Each child participates in six to eight activities each day. All of the supplies needed for these activities are collected or purchased here and taken to Bosnia by the members of the Mission team. This mission offers the love of Christ through its presence, its action, its compassion, and its understanding to those who thought they had been forgotten. It is the mission’s belief that the bond it has established with the community is an essential link in the long recovery process, giving the children and young people there a sense of hope, belonging, security, and the realization that someone saw, someone cared, and someone came. Contact Craig Gaither at firstname.lastname@example.org .
ZOE Ministries was founded in 2004 by Reverend Greg Jenks, who answered God’s call to work with children orphaned by the HIV/AIDS pandemic in Africa. Initially, ZOE was a relief mission, providing food, school tuition and uniforms. But within a few years, the mission transitioned to its more powerful phase – Hope Companions Empowerment Program. The goal of Hope Companions is to empower orphans and vulnerable children to become self-sufficient in two to three years so they will not require lifelong assistance from outside relief programs. Selected children get connected with others so they no longer feel alone and isolated; they learn how to secure their own food through dignified methods; they learn how to stay healthy; they are taught how to start a business.
First UMC Cary has been involved with ZOE since 2006. All are welcome to join our active mission team that is committed to spreading the good news about ZOE Hope Companions and raising funds to support this important ministry. Team members may travel to Africa to meet children whose lives are being transformed. Learn more at: www.zoehelps.org or contact Helen Papageorgiou at email@example.com .
ZOE ‘Hope Grows’ Income Generating Projects
About fifty members of our congregation have taken the ZOE ‘Hope Grows’ challenge to raise funds for orphans and vulnerable children in Zimbabwe. Check out this link (click here) to see goods and services they are offering (tote bags, custom art work, bicycle cleaning, gourmet food products and bluebird houses), with all proceeds going to ZOE. All of these folks are ready to take your orders!
Please call Helen Papageorgiou at 919-749-6966 if you would like to discuss.
Thank you for all you do to support the ZOE mission.