Christ Indianapolis United Methodist Church
Monday, February 17, 2020
To Make Disciples For Jesus Christ For The Transformation Of The World!

Faith Promise Missions

Our Faith Promise Pledge year runs from April 1 through March 31 each year. Below you will find the description of the mission areas we supported for 2018-2019.

We have been blessed to have given $78,591.32 for missions in 2018-2019.
Local/National Mission:
     Our United Methodist Women, along with our men, have been serving the LOAVES Meal each month at Fletcher Place. Our church as been serving between 75-100 people each month. The LOAVES Meal was begun in 1983 to serve dinners on Monday and Wednesdays from 3:00-4:30 pm. There is also a food pantry and thrift store where clients can receive free food and clothing. Currently, we are serving on the 4th Monday of the month.
     The Fletcher Place Community Center ministry began in 1872 with the start of the Fletcher Place Methodist Episcopal Church. Their work began as an outreach to immigrants and families in need. In 1930 their preschool program was started. During that same year the Goodwill program began, that in 1944 became independent and known as Goodwill Industries of Indianapolis.
     Fletcher Place Preschool - Philosophy Statement: We believe that every child deserves to attend a high-quality early learning education program. Our program provides a wide range of hands-on learning experiences designed to enhance the social, emotional, physical, and cognitive development of each child. Therefore, every day we provide developmental age appropriate activities that allow children to freely play, learn and explore in a safe, clean and loving environment. Education is key to beating poverty and the area served has a dismal high school graduation rate. The Fletcher Place Preschool prepares young children for elementary school success that will continue on to high school graduation.
     The Preschool Scholarship Fund offers financial support to help families cover the cost of these two vital years of early education.
     CUMC funded 31 individual youth to attend church camp during the summer of 2018. With the rising cost of camp, we hope to continue to help support our youth of all ages to attend church camp each year. This is something so special that our congregation is able to do for our youth, and is very much appreciated by the youth, their parents, and our youth leaders.
     The Indiana United Methodist Children's Home is a treatment facility dedicated to helping emotionally troubled youth. The Indiana United Methodist Children's Home operates on the highly effective Teaching Family Model. Each home accommodates a new and innovative way of caring for children called the Teaching Family Model. The goal is to provide a less institutional way of caring for youth. Each child has their own bedroom.
     They assist youth and their families in remediation of problems and provide a comfortable and pleasant environment for learning critical social and academic skills. The biggest success of this program involves the high level of input the youth have in the treatment program and environment. The opportunity to express their ideas and suggestions increases youth satisfaction, interest and investment in the success of the program. In 2016, the new James E. Davis School was completed replacing the old school that had been in use for 42 years. The new school contains 7 classrooms with state of the art technology, library, cafe, gymnasium, and a school store. Two new homes are currently under construction on the 17 acre campus with hopes of being completed this spring.
International Mission:
     The stated purpose is "To provide expertise and resources needed by the church in Africa for making Christian disciples." Joy in the Harvest has one full time missionary family - The Wertz Family. The main base of overseas mission operations in Africa is located in Kigoma, Tanzania on the shore of Lake Tanganyika. They have more than 30 Africans on staff. Their USA mission operation is based out of Illinois.
     Joy in the Harvest is involved in several types of projects in Africa. They play a supporting role for the work of churches, pastors, and evangelists. Their assistance includes help with church construction, training seminars, and practical helps. They also interface with other missionaries and mission organizations. They are proud of their involvement across denominational lines and believe in the importance of Christian unity. Their projects range from Mobile Medical Clinics, Crisis Intervention (where they take care of transportation, medical expenses and care at hospitals that can best treat the person), Kigoma Feeding Center (serves 54,000 meals annually to the hungry-many of whom are street children and orphans.
     They believe in ministering to the total person. Projects are designed to help Africans receive training and education so that they are able to find meaningful employment and support for their families.
     Their mission is that as Christians we should render assistance to the poor, sick and needy. Joy in the Harvest helps operate a destitute camp for cripples and handicapped Africans, runs a program of emergency assistance for the desperately needy and sick, and runs a feeding program for the hungry.
     Joy in the Harvest is a Christian organization. Specifically, it is an organization that is participating in the "Great Commission" of Jesus Christ to "go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and the Son and the Holy Spirit and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you." Matthew 18:19-20
     Joy in the Harvest provides training for Evangelism and Church Planting, provides Compassion Ministries (feeding the poor, medical treatment), Apprenticeship and Vocational Training and Technical Ministries. In February 2016, they launched their FM station Radio JOY, providing jobs for 10 Tanzanians with a goal of expanding to 50. Station broadcasts not only music, but public service announcements and medical programming.
     Moshe is of European and South American descent. He grew up in South America and later discipled Jewish believers for more than 10 years in the United States. Both sets of his grandparents were Jews from Europe who escaped to South America during World War I (maternal) and World War II (paternal).
     Just before his bar mitzvah, Moshe became a Messianic believer. At that time, he understood that God would use his life for God's kingdom. He received his call to serve in Israel while in seminary, more than 20 years ago. But after many years of doors closing, today, Moshe lives in Israel with his wife and four children, where they serve the Lord in a messianic congregation.
     Mission Guatemala, Inc. was founded by the Rev. Tom Heaton, an Indiana United Methodist Pastor, who has been supporting the needs of the poor since 2000. In the spring of 2009 Mission Guatemala was founded to help meet the basic needs and improve the quality of life of under-served and impoverished Guatemalan peoples through health, education and nutrition initiatives and missionary service. The organization's philosophy is based on John Wesley's teaching to "do all the good you can."
     In 2017, Dave Burns became the new director of Mission Guatemala. This spring they opened their latest building, Casa Del Maestro (House for Teachers). The project took two years to complete and our mission team was one of the 71 teams that worked on the project.

     Madison Atknson grew up in Southern Indiana and was always highly involved in the United Methodist Church. After graduating college in 2015, she felt led to do missions for a short period and worked with several different organizations, but never felt at home with any of them. During the spring of 2017, she completed an 11-week internship with the OMS Hungary Team. Before the internship was over, it was clear that this is where God was calling her to serve in a more permanent way. She moved to Hungary at the end of September in 2018 to work with the team. She helps plan Summer English Camp and is doing her best with learning the Hungarian language. Her main passion is to work alongside churches to help them meet needs in their communities.
     The Center is an outreach initiative of East Tenth United Methodist Church. After conducting a survey and many focus groups, it was clear that the neighborhood was in need of a safe place where the children and youth could go to learn and grow. A Board of Directors was chosen in April of 1995 and an executive director hired in March of 1996. The Center is incorporated and is registered with the IRS as a not-for-profit organization with 501(c)3 status. We celebrated 23 years in March of 2019! Our East Tenth Center is located right in the heart of the St. Clair Place Neighborhood on the near east side of Indianapolis, This gives us the opportunity to serve a diverse population. We are proud to be a part of the east side community where we work, live and play! The mission of East Tenth United Methodist Children and Youth Center, Inc. is to provide a safe place where the spiritual, emotional, educational, and physical needs of children, youth, and their families are responded to in a holistic approach.
     Winchester Village Elementary School is located just across U.S. 31 on Stop 12. The school if very diverse in its population. There are 13 different countries represented ad more dialects. 96% of children at Winchester receive free of reduced lunches. With our funding we have been able to help with school supplies, help with teacher supplies, replace clothing, and sponsored 15 families at Christmas
TOTAL GIVEN 2018-2019                                                                   $23,000
Above and beyond Faith Promise Missions:
When our congregation hears a need in our global community, they react. Since March of 2016, we have sent the following proceeds:
                         Camp Scholarships                                       11,511.00
                         UMCOR Designated                                       8,850.00
                         Winchester Village School                                 692.84
                         U.S.Disasters                                                  3,500.00
                         Andrew's Harvest Food Pantry                     31,037.48
TOTAL ADDITIONAL MISSION GIVING                             $55,591.32
TOTAL plus ABOVE AND BEYOND FAITH PROMISE MISSIONS 2018-2019                                                                         $78,591.32