Our Theology of Mission
We are in mission to witness to what God has done and is doing, and to learn from what God is doing in every land where disciples gather in the name of Jesus Christ.
Our Four Mission Goals
- Make disciples of Jesus Christ;
- Strengthen, develop, and renew Christian congregations and communities;
- Alleviate human suffering;
- Seek justice, freedom, and peace.
Volunteer Opportunities For Young Adults
For young people, ages 20-30, the United Methodist Church sends out Global Mission Fellows for two-year mission service—either internationally or in the US through the US-2 program. Global Mission Fellows experience community living while engaging in justice work and becoming an ambassador for mission. Benefits include a simple-living stipend, relocation assistance, insurance, housing, and a post-service award. Recent international track locations include Columbia, Grenada, Ireland, Japan, Kenya, Mexico, the Philippines, Russia, South Africa, and South Korea. Recent US-2 Track Locations include Detroit, Miami, Nome, Oklahoma City, San Francisco, and Washington, DC.
The deadline for applying to be a Global Missions Fellow is January 7, 2019. Go to www.umcmission.org/gmf for information and for an application.
Community Volunteer Opportunities
The Volunteer Center – Building Vibrant Communities Through Service
The Volunteer Center was created in January of this year to help all people who are looking for a way to get engaged in our region. The program is an outreach effort of the Hinton Rural Life Center in Hayesville, NC. A variety of people are looking for ways to connect for various reasons. Sometimes it’s a retiree with extra time on their hands, looking for something purposeful and meaningful to do. Sometimes it’s a student seeking to create a volunteer resume for college or job applications. Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts have to get service hours to advance in rank. This gives anyone searching for volunteer opportunities a great place to start. Our online portal is searchable by key words, location, time and date, and skill set.
Our church is using the online portal to promote our volunteer opportunities. This gives our church a wider exposure to the community at large and it shows what we think is important as we reach out. We hope this will attract new people to the church as they see that our church is focused outward. This is important because people who serve the church and its mission are people who are engaged in the church. The online portal provides a clear path toward involvement. The challenge for many people who participate in a congregation is that they don’t know what to do to get involved. So far we have used the portal to recruit volunteers for the Special Olympics and for Financial Peace University. In addition, The Sharing Center, which is a food pantry located in the church, also has its volunteer opportunities posted.
I would encourage you to go out and look at what is available. Click Here To See Our Volunteer Opportunities.
Local Programs We Support
- Cherokee County Ministerial Association Relief Fund
- Hurlbut-Johnson Friendship House
- R.E.A.C.H of Cherokee County
- The Sharing Center – A ecumenical food pantry located in our church.
- Murphy Hope – our poverty initiative which offers long-term wrap around support to under-resourced families seeking opportunities.
Regional and National Programs We Support
International Programs We Support
- Project Agape Armenia – ministry to Armenia and to some of our most desperate Christian brothers and sisters — is a collaborative effort of the North Carolina and the Western North Carolina Conferences of The United Methodist Church in a joint effort with the Armenian Apostolic Church.
- ZOE Project–We are all excited about our new international mission opportunity. Our congregation has adopted a group of orphans from Liberia as they pursue a path to better lives. Here is the latest update:
Dear Marji, Janie, and Wil;The children in your empowerment group have begun their amazing journey of transformation. During these first meetings, they have experienced understanding, compassion, and acceptance within their group. From desperate situations, they have been shown a future of many opportunities. And they have discovered that their ZOE program facilitator/social worker and you, as their empowerment partner, believe that they are valuable individuals and can achieve great things with God’s help – a sharp contrast from how others in their community have viewed and treated them.When ZOE first enters a community to address the needs of orphans and vulnerable children, we begin by engaging the local leaders. ZOE staff members explain how ZOE is an empowerment program to help children develop life skills and financial self-sufficiency so that they will never need charity again. Although this is often a different approach than local leaders are accustomed to, it resonates with leaders who want to see sustainable change in their village. ZOE staff members, who are indigenous to each country in which we operate, understand local customs, challenges, and resources available so when they meet with the community leaders they quickly gain trust and support.Once the children are identified by community leaders and brought together into peer groups they start working toward making their own future better. The children elect leaders, make rules to guide their meetings, choose a group name, and decide when and where to hold weekly gatherings. Immediately, the children begin training on the topics of food security, health and disease prevention, business management, and child rights. If they have access to land they are provided seeds to start gardens and plant crops. If they have not been attending school, ZOE provides uniforms and other resources to get them back into classes. The children are provided grants so that they can start small businesses to generate their own income. Most importantly, they begin to experience that they are not beyond God’s love. Though many are orphans they have a Father in heaven who loves them. All this happens within the first six months!ZOE staff members are currently making home visits to record information about dependents and caregivers. This is also a time to assess if any emergency interventions are required to alleviate health issues, abusive conditions, or inadequate shelter. During these first couple months, there will be children who decide they are not ready for the empowerment program and others who will be invited to join the groups by those first identified.In about three months, we will have a list of names and a picture of your empowerment group to share with you. Later in the year, we will have a full report of what the groups have accomplished during their first year with ZOE. In the meantime, if you have any questions or have a specific need for information about your group, please let me know. You might also enjoy visiting our website to see videos or read stories about other children in ZOE’s empowerment program: https://www.wearezoe.
org/resources/blog/ If you would like to receive general information like this via email you can sign up on our website or follow us on Facebook: https://www. facebook.com/ZOEempowers/There still remain many children waiting to enter ZOE’s empowerment program. If you would like to introduce ZOE to another church of any denomination or to compassionate individuals please contact Gaston Warner at 919-414-4167 (gaston@WeAreZOE.org) or Randy Wiersma at 919-815-7918 (randy@WeAreZOE.org).Thanks for committing your support to the children of Liberia. Because of your partnership, their future now contains hope and possibilities.With warm regards,Laura
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