By the power of the Holy Spirit you will be my witness in Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.
St. Luke’s Global Missions three main aspects include: supporting Missionaries, our six Mission Partners, and sending Mission Teams.
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.
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Interfaith Book Study – The Lemon Tree
This Interfaith Book Study with Dr. William Barnes will study The Lemon Tree, An Arab, a Jew and the Heart of the Middle East by Sandy Tolan.
The book looks at the Israel-Palestine conflict through the lense of the story of two families – one Israeli and another Palestinian -who occupied the same house. Ahmad Khairi, a furniture-maker from a prominent clan, built the house in 1936 in a town where his family had lived since the 16th century. He, his wife Zakia and their eight children fled to Ramallah in the West Bank during the 1948 war that followed the creation of Israel. Moshe and Solia Eshkenazi, refugees from Bulgaria who had barely escaped the Holocaust, moved into the empty house and raised their daughter Dalia there.
- When: Thursdays, October 26 to November 9
- Time: from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
- Where: St. Luke’s UMC, 4851 S. Apopka-Vineland Road, Orlando
Barnes Learning Center, 2nd Floor, BLC-206
CLICK HERE to register
Make 2017 the year of Life Changing Commitment-
Give the gift of hope to vulnerable children in Rwanda
St. Luke’s ZOE Ministry Team extended the opportunity for “Tree of Hope” partnerships earlier this year. This was a chance for St. Luke’s families or individuals to partner with a working group of 60-100 orphan and vulnerable children in Rwanda for the cost of $300 per family or individual.
The opportunity to partner with a working group is still available. The $300 may be paid upfront or over three years. Your commitment will help up to 100 vulnerable children work their way out of extreme poverty, lead thriving lives and be leaders in their community, in just three years. Every 80 commitments will fund an entire working group. To contribute, click on the “Give” button above.
For more information, contact Amy Winslow at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 407.876.4991, ext. 297.
St. Luke’s UMC began its journey with ZOE by meeting the challenge of funding a working group during the Advent season of 2015. That means contributing $7,500 per year for three years for a total of $22,500. In addition to financial support, we want to extend prayers from our congregation to our working group on a regular basis.
Our working group, Abanyamurava “Brave”, began in January 2016. During their first meetings children in Brave working group experienced understanding, compassion and acceptance from the other children. They elected leaders, made rules to guide their meetings, chose a group name, and decided when and where to hold weekly gatherings. Within the first six months, the children received training on the topics of food security, health and disease prevention, business management, and child rights. If they had access to land they were provided seeds to start gardens and plant crops. If siblings were not attending school, ZOE provided uniforms and other resources to get them back into classes. Children who had skills were provided grants so that they could start small businesses, others began vocational training.
Most importantly, all began to experience God’s love and realize that though many are orphans, they have a God in heaven who loves them. Prayer magnets for our ZOE Brave group are available.
For more information about the ZOE “Brave” Working Group, please click on the link below.
Additional information about the ZOE Program, you may visit their website at www.zoehelps.org.
Check out the first few monthly ZOE newsletters!
ZOE Prayers of Hope cards
Kim King Torres, Branches, Florida City, Florida
Michelle Shrader, Cape Town, South Africa
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. Middle School and intergenerational
mission teams go to Florida City several times a year.
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.
ZOE MINISTRIES, RWANDA
ZOE Ministries is St. Luke’s newest global mission partner. Zoe empowers orphans and vulnerable children around the world to overcome extreme poverty, become fully self-reliant, and learn of God’s love for them through a model called Working Groups. A Working Group is 60-100 orphans or vulnerable children who live in the same village and create a community as they participate in sustainable ways of getting out of poverty. The hope is that in three years, with coaching and support, a Working Group will be thriving on their own. Interested individuals/groups can join the team to learn about the ministry, glean best practices from this child-led community development model, and learn about Rwanda. A team from St. Luke’s visited in February. Stay tuned to learn more about how to support this ministry. Please visit st.lukes.org/journey-with-jenn to read the blog from their recent trip.