Serving the Sturgeon Bay UMC and its congregation

Missions (Page 2)

Ganta United Methodist Hospital, Liberia – August 2016 Mission

Ganta United Methodist Hospital dates back to 1926 when founded by two missionaries. After experiencing significant devastation during 14 years of war, it became the center of an aggressive and well planned initiative saving the lives of children and mothers. Six or seven years ago, one in 12 women died in child birth. One in four children died before age five. The…

March Mission – Local Pastoral Fund

There are times in our church when Pastor Dave is asked to help someone who is down on their luck.  He needs to have some money available for a hand up. Jesus tells us that when we help others we are really helping Him.  He also says that we need to love our neighbors. That means that not only should we be…

February Mission – UMCOR

Arriving in Europe on foot or in leaking boats, more than 1 million individuals have fled their homes rather than continue to face daily dangers of bombings and other threats of violence.  Meeting the needs of this unprecedented number of refugees has put a strain on local governments, local economies, and social and relief organizations as well as compassion.  Rev. Ivan Abrahams,…

February 2016 Mission – UMCOR European Migrant Relief Efforts

More than a million migrants and refugees crossed into Europe in 2015, sparking a crisis as countries struggle to cope with the influx.  Thousands of displaced persons continue to pour into Europe from Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, and various parts of northern Africa.  Trying to meet the needs of the migrants has put a tremendous strain on local economics and governments, as well…

SBUMC Senior Ride Program – January 2016 Mission

Over the last year or so our church leadership has been examining our church’s missional outreach here in Sturgeon Bay.  We have identified several areas where we can do more to meet the needs of our community, members of our church, and friends.  One area in particular where we saw a need that we could help with was for those who are…

Mar Elias School November Mission -3

One of th obvious areas for needed support are scholarships for the  youth and children at Mar Elias.  some 65% of the 1300+ student body could not attend without financial assistance.  Educational opportunities for Palestinian youth are rare.  And remember, rarer still, the  student body is composed of both Jews, and Muslims and Christians who are Palestinian.  It is also amazing that…

Mission in Laos

Laos Mission - Study TimeFor several years, the UMC of Sturgeon Bay has been supporting the emerging mission in Laos.  Our point of contact is missionary Beverly Barte, and her family.  The family recently visited Sturgeon Bay for a personal interpretation of their work.

The UMC is new in Laos.  They recently celebrated their tenth anniversary.  New Christians are at some risk in the Buddhist and Communist nation.  Since the church is not recognized, pastors have been arrested at times.  Yet the church is growing and spreading across Laos.

One of the primary opportunities is to provide training for new pastors.  The images that follow this story show one of the gatherings of training.  The church also provides small loans to provide an economic foundation for families.  Areas include the raising of mushrooms and fish which then are marketed.  Some of the profits are then gifted to provide the same opportunities for other families.

Mar Elias School – November Mission

The frightening stress and warfare between the Palestinians and theIsraelis is well known.  Regardless of your view of this conflict, this month we have the opportunity of having a positive impact on this conflict.  The Committee on Missions is excited to promote the Mar Elias School in the Palestinian areas.  But it is the only school of over 1300 students committed to…