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Global Missions

                           

By the power of the Holy Spirit you will be my witness in Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.

Acts 1:8

 

St. Luke’s Global Missions three main aspects include: supporting Missionaries, our six Mission Partners, and sending Mission Teams.

 

Upcoming Global Mission Experiences 

“Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?”
I said, “Here am I. Send me!” Isaiah 6:8

Are you being called to serve others far from home?
Experience a St. Luke’s Global Mission trip.

 

 

ZOE Ministries, Rwanda – June 20 to 28

Experience child-led community transformation through empowerment model program for vulnerable and orphan children. This ministry is Restoring Hope in Africa.

The June Zoe Mission Experience is currently full.

Contact Amy Winslow to get on the list for a future Zoe Mission Experience. 

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Agua Viva, Costa Rica – July 28 to August 4

Work alongside the community to build infrastructure to bring fresh water to distressed communities on the Nicaraguan border. This ministry allows the community to Navigate Life with the gift of this basic necessity.

Join us Thursday, May 10 to learn more about this mission experience to Costa Rica. The information session will be in Building C, Room 200 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Join us at this information session-no registration needed.

Or if you are ready to register for this mission experience, you may click on the link below, where you can learn more and register.

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Holy Land – October 14 to 24

This interfaith mission experience is an opportunity to learn about advocacy for peace, and serving with our neighbors from different faith traditions. God’s vision for beloved community begins with Reconciling Love.

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For more information, contact Amy Winslow at awinslow@st.lukes.org.

 Agua Viva

Did you know that 664 million people on the planet do not have access to safe, clean drinking water? That is one in ten people. Agua Viva is helping communities not only get access to water, but to set up a long-term maintenance system for this precious water source. With your help, we can improve the quality of life and health of these communities.

Agua Viva Serves leads sustainable, clean water projects in Costa Rica. St. Luke’s will work alongside the community to connect pipes, dig ditches and bury pipeline to bring water to remote areas on the Nicaraguan border. All of the community sized projects include a co-op component to continue to maintain the systems for the future.  Agua Viva partners with communities to build a board of directors and begin collecting money to build a maintenance fund for ongoing operation. Learn more about this life-saving organization at http://avs.ngo/

Agua Viva Summer 2018 Mission Experience

Travel to Los Chiles, Costa Rica to work alongside the community to lay pipe, bringing clean water to rural areas along the Nicaraguan border.

July 28 to August 4, 2018

  • Saturday – travel to Costa Rica
  • Sunday – Worship at the Los Chiles Methodist Church, visit the town and possible boat tour
  • Monday to Thursday – work with the community to connect pipes, dig ditches and bury pipeline. Afternoons may be spent doing VBS programming for the community children.
  • Friday – Day in La Fortuna tourist area (activities will be an extra cost – sign up for ziplining, horseback riding, chocolate or coffee tours)
  • Saturday – travel home

Total cost of the trip: $1,300 which includes airfare, in country travel, food, lodging. (Friday excursions and shopping are at your own expense)

Register for this trip with a deposit of $300 by April 27.

Payment Schedule

  • April 27 :  $300
  • May 25:    $500
  • June 22:   $500

To inquire about scholarships, contact Amy Winslow at awinslow@st.lukes.org or 407.876.4991, ext. 297

Interfaith Peace Partners 

 

Interfaith Peace Partners is a global mission ministry at St. Luke’s. As an interfaith ministry, IPP’s vision is to connect with our neighbors of different faith traditions locally. Together, we will grow in our understanding and respect of one another and build relations. Committed to positive change, we will educate, advocate and serve together as partners, in our community and in the Holy Land.

IPP organizes and actively participates in community BBQ’s and interfaith social events, book studies, prayer circles, invites guest speakers, participates advocacy campaigns and mission experiences to the Holy Land.

Upcoming Global Mission Experience

Holy Land – October 14 to 24

This interfaith mission experience is an opportunity to learn about advocacy for peace, and serving with our neighbors from different faith traditions. God’s vision for beloved community begins with Reconciling Love.

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You are invited to an Interfaith Event

The Atlantic Institute will share NOAH’S PUDDING with St. Luke’s on Sunday, April 15 from 1a:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Distance Learning Center, 2nd floor of Founder’s Hall. Come share the stories and the pudding as a way to embrace diversity and build tolerance for differing beliefs, and traditions. The Atlantic Institute Central Florida is an independent, non-profit organization whose goal is to facilitate dialogue and bridge cultures  from multiple regions of the world.

Over the past six years, the Atlantic Institute has facilitated the distribution of approximately 10,000 individual bowls of Noah’s Pudding each year in Central Florida, by encouraging and enabling ordinary people to share their puddings amongst neighbors, students, schools, community groups and faith organizations.  

The “Noah’s Pudding” celebrates the common tradition of Judaism, Christianity and Islam. To celebrate the landing of Noah’s Ark, every year volunteers of Atlantic Institute prepare a sweet dish called “Noah’s Pudding” aka Ashure. In the Muslim prophetic tradition, the day Moses (peace be upon him) and his community were saved from the Pharaoh’s army, and the day Noah’s (peace be upon him) ark was saved from the flood is celebrated with fasting and in modern times with the sharing of Noah’s Pudding known as Ashure.

The purpose of this program is to stimulate and motivate individuals and community groups to engage in dialogue while at the same time providing useful ideas through which effective dialogue can take place. It is designed to help us to bring people together through the tradition of Noah’s Pudding. Sharing food is a wonderful way to promote interaction and friendship between people regardless of faith or culture.

For more information, please contact Amy Winslow at awinslow@st.lukes.org.

 

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ZOE - Brave Working Group

Tree of Hope Partnership

Give the gift of hope and empowerment to vulnerable children in Rwanda

Every year, the ZOE Core Team at St. Luke’s organizes the Tree of Hope fundraising to give our congregation the opportunity to partner with an Empowerment Group – 60-120  orphans and vulnerable children for 3 years, as they participate in this empowerment program to become “beggars to bosses”!

You don’t have to wait for the Tree of Hope event.

You can give today!

Give

 

Abakoranabushake “Committed” Working Group
2017-2020

Your commitment of $300 (paid upfront or over three years) will help up to 100 vulnerable children

For more information, contact Amy Winslow at awinslow@st.lukes.org or call 407.876.4991, ext. 297.

For information about the ZOE “Brave” Empowerment Group,
please click on the link below.

For information about the ZOE “Love” Empowerment Group,
please click on the link below.

For additional information about the ZOE Program, visit their website at www.zoehelps.org.

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Upcoming Global Mission Experience

ZOE Ministries, Rwanda – June 20 to 28

Experience child-led community transformation through empowerment model program for vulnerable and orphan children. This ministry is Restoring Hope in Africa.

The June Zoe Mission Experience is currently full.

Contact Amy Winslow to get on the list for a future Zoe Mission Experience. 

A ZOE Trip will provide you with the experience of a lifetime! You will meet the in-country staff members and the incredible young people who are being empowered to move beyond charity. You will see and experience how the ZOE model is changing lives socially, economically, and spiritually.

On a trip, you will visit with and learn from young people who are engaged in each stage of the ZOE program. You will be inspired and challenged to embrace forgiveness and reconciliation from the stories of the children who willingly give their “first harvest” to people in the community who might have hurt and abused them.

When traveling with ZOE, you will encounter heartache and joy, tears and laughter, desperation and dancing, sadness and singing — and you will return home with renewed hope as you are inspired by the stories of the young people who are moving from poverty to self-sustainability.

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Check out the first few monthly ZOE newsletters!

January 2017

February-March 2017

June-July 2017

ZOE Prayers of Hope cards

Brigette Prayer Card

Clementine Prayer Card

Jean Baptiste Prayer Card

Marguerite Prayer Card

Tacien Prayer Card

Winifred Prayer Card

Please visit st.lukes.org/journey-with-jenn to read the blog from their recent trip.

Belfast, Northern Ireland

St. Luke’s relationship and friendship with the Methodist Church in Belfast goes back to 1997. Out of this relationship came the opportunity to have Owain Campton from Belfast, as an intern with Missions. Currently, Belfast South Methodist Church, led by Rev. David Campton, and St. Luke’s are exploring ways to do studies together in order to deepen our relationships, hear perspectives from another part of the world, and grow together spiritually.

Branches United Methodist Mission and Community Center, Florida City


Branches supports children and youth from low-income and migrant families by providing an after school program, youth ministry, and community outreach. This ministry with a big heart is a beacon of hope in Florida City. St. Luke’s sponsors missionary, Kim Torres, Director of Grow and Climb ministries.

Methodist Church,  Melones, Cuba



Through the Methodists United in Prayer, a Florida United Methodist Conference initiative with the Cuba Methodist Church, St. Luke’s has a mission partner in Melones, Cuba. In spite of years of oppression and scarce resources, the Methodist Church in Cuba is
thriving and growing. Our relationship has centered around assisting them in building a house for their pastor and planning for a new sanctuary. They are currently worshipping (many times a week) under a thatched roof. They in turn share their tremendous  faith and help us to grow in our relationship with God. It is a great and growing friendship. Small caravan teams travel to Cuba every 15 months or so to participate in events and stay in contact with our partner church.

Missionaries

Missionaries are individuals who are called to serve God in a unique cultural context. These persons are willing to leave their own environment and share Christ in a new communities through their roles as teachers, church planters, preachers, doctors, community developers, agriculturalists, area financial executives, counselors and attorneys. Their primary roles include strengthening and renewing Christian congregations and communities; alleviating human suffering; and seeking justice, freedom and peace. St. Luke’s is currently supporting the following missionaries.

Kim King Torres, Branches, Florida City, Florida

Kim King Torres is a Church and Community Worker missionary with the General Board of Global Ministries serving as Director of Student Services of Branches, Inc., a community center in Florida City, Florida that provides a broad range of ministries among children, youth, and families. Kim has been a covenant missionary with St. Luke’s for more than a decade.

Branches is a holistic ministry with a focus on afterschool tutoring and enrichment, family literacy, a spring break camp (Oasis), and summer outreach (Summer Shade Day Camp). It provides ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) classes and family empowerment experiences, often in partnership with the Miami-Dade Public Schools. Branches touches the lives of many children and youth, sometimes leading them to seek careers in ministry and humanitarian services.

 

Alison Gilmore, Skainos, Belfast, Northern Ireland

Working for Peace and Justice in Northern Ireland

Alison Gilmore is a missionary of the General Board of Global Ministries assigned as a counselor at the East Belfast Mission in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Global Ministries and East Belfast Mission have a long partnership in providing a Christian witness to peace, justice, and tolerance in the areas of unemployment, poverty, and social and political tension. One of the mission’s newer services is a counseling center that seeks to offer emotional healing resulting from years of conflict in the area. The 170-year-old East Belfast Mission, which has a worshipping congregation of some 200, sees itself as a center for many efforts to care for and support the poor and marginalized.

 

Michelle Shrader, Cape Town, South  Africa

Michelle is an Ordained Elder serving through the General Board of Global Ministries of the United Methodist Church as a Missionary Pastor stationed at Central Methodist Mission in Cape Town, South Africa. She is supported by St. Luke’s UMC missionary budget.

She began her work by invitation of the Bishop of Cape Town in 2015 and is helping to strengthen the connection between Central Methodist Mission and the nearby Kaletchie Township community. Michelle serves on staff alongside the Rev. Alan Storey, the Lead Pastor at Central Methodist Mission.

Mission Teams

St. Luke’s sends out a variety of mission teams each year some for a weekend and some for up to 10 days. We refer to these as our mission experiences because these are much more than a trip lasting for a short period of time. The mission experience starts long before you leave and changes your life after you get back. Preparation time is required for all of our longer mission experiences and the sessions include spiritual formation, our mission theology, cultural and historical perspectives, and team dynamics. St. Luke’s sends teams to each of our six mission partners, disaster sites, and other appropriate locations as leaders arise.

Child Sponsorship

St. Luke’s has a unique partnership with Compassion International and a local church in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to sponsor children who live in extreme poverty. The child sponsorship ministry is a part of the Lideta Mekane Yesus church’s community development initiative. For $38 a month – $1.27 a day – you can sponsor a child and help provide education, supplementary nutritious food, health care and connection with a caring church community. We encourage at least a year commitment.  For more information on Compassion International, Click Here.

Microfinance: United Methodist MicroFinance Connection

For as little as $25, you can help a low-income individual in Malawi or Mexico start a small business and change families’ lives!  You may give directly in someone’s name, get a gift card for that hard-to-buy-for person so they can then decide how to spend, or give a gift as a family or group of friends as part of your holiday tradition.  For more information on United Methodist Microfinance, Click Here.

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