Growing in Christ ~ Embracing Our World
John Wesley, the founder of the Methodist movement, once said there is no religion except for social religion. In this spirit, The United Methodist Church reaches out to establish peace and justice in our community and the world. As members of The United Methodist Church of Berea, we have committed ourselves to growing in Christ and embracing our world by living according to the teachings of Jesus Christ, sharing God’s love with those around us, and giving of our time and talents so that to others, we may be the example of Christ in the world.
Listed here are a few of the many programs through which our members have found a way to express their faith and love in service to others.
Current News & Opportunities to Join Us in Mission
January 19 – February 2: North Coast Mission Trip to Cambodia. Click here for reports & pictures from the Mission team.
February 26 – March 10: UMCOR Sager Brown Mission Trip. Click here to read about the mission trip & how to support them.
April 30: CROP Walk for Hunger at Coe Lake. Click here for more information and the registration form
July 16-22: Youth Mission Trip to Nashville, TN. Click here to visit the Youth page for information about planning meetings.(And good news, our trip will not conflict with Day Camp & VBS!)
From the February 2017 Caller: Mam Christian Women for Development
Mam Christian Women for Development provides tools for Guatemalan women to overcome poverty and also reinforces the spirituality that helps the women face their challenges. The women in the Association are Mams, one of Guatemala’s 23 indigenous groups whose language is recognized by the Guatemalan government.
The Association assists women in developing through:
- New skills – through schools (a Saturday school for those who work during the week and two sewing schools) and scholarships.
- Income earning power – through micro-loans to start businesses such a raising a calf. To maximize the women’s profits, Heifer International offers workshops on livestock practices.
- Healthy bodies – through avoiding community vulnerability, growing family gardens, cooking safely and fuel-efficiently, filtering water, and using sturdy, secure latrines
- Spirituality – through spiritual ties are created by prayer partnerships which the Association forms between Guatemalans and Americans. During the recent trip, it was the children who created spiritual ties. Sunday schoolers at rural church drew pictures for children in North Carolina. The North Carolina children then drew pictures for the Guatemalans, to be delivered during the next trip to Guatemala.
As noted above, the cost of the sanitation and cooking facilities is shared between the individual women and the Association. Funds from American churches and concerned individuals help finance the Association’s share. Supporters also contribute toward the purchasing sewing machines, providing scholarships, and funding new micro-loan groups. 2016 Donations made through UMCB by members and friends totaled enough for four latrines, 14 stoves, one water filtration system, four sewing machines, and the salary for one sewing teacher.
If you are interested in helping, you may contribute to The United Methodist Church of Berea with “Guatemala” on the memo line. Any amount is welcome. Thank you to Cindie Moore for sharing this information about MAM Christian Women for Development.