Kevin Cline, Missionary.
One of our own members is on the mission field!
Kevin works as a linguist/translator with Wycliffe Bible Translators in Mexico. Currently, he is learning to speak one of the many languages there in which Scripture translation has yet to begin. While learning the language, he is also forming important friendships and looking forward to one day working with them to make Scripture accessible in their language. He is also working closely with teams working in other varieties of the same language, helping with linguistics and computer support.
If you would like to help support Kevin, you may designate your giving to “Kevin Cline.”
The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is a ministry of The United Methodist Church, and assist the most vulnerable persons affected by crisis or chronic need. UMCOR’s work reaches people in more than 80 countries, including the United States, providing humanitarian relief when war, conflict, or natural disaster disrupt life to such an extent that communities are unable to recover on their own.UMCOR spends 100% of designated donations on the projects our donors specify. Click here for more information.
Ongoing Mission Options
Below are mission options that go on throughout the year:
- Community Action Mission Program (C.A.M.P.): Serving the needs of Farmersville, Germantown and New Lebanon with food, utilities, furnishing, clothing and other housing and personal needs.
- Food: Food and toilet articles collected by our members and delivered to the East Dayton Food Pantry (at South Park UMC).
- SonShine in a Bag: GUMC has partnered with First Church of God in helping to provide over the weekend food for children within the Valley View school district. During the school year, bags are packed each week with specified food items and delivered to the schools for the children to take home. There is a list of needed items in the literature rack outside the church office. If you are interested in helping with this program through donations and/or time, contact Julie Smith at (937) 231-8772 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Clothing: We collect clothing items, shoes and household items for the Valley View Community Closet, St. Paul’s UMC, Church Women United in Middletown and Wesley Community Center in Dayton.
- Otterbein/Lebanon “Red Stocking” donations: help provide monetary funds for items used by elderly residents.
- Henderson Settlement/Red Bird Mission: We collect Campbell’s labels and boxtops for Education labels for Red Bird Mission in Beverly, Kentucky. Red Bird Mission includes a medical clinic and school in addition to the mission. Henderson Settlement in in Frakes, KY, helps the impoverished community with a variety of services and programs for all ages.
- Ronald McDonald House: We collect the aluminum pull tabs from beverage cans which are sent to The Ronald McDonald House for recycling. The funds raised through the recycling program helps support the mission to provide a place of comfort and respite for parents and families to rejuvenate, reconnect, and focus their attention on their hospitalized children who are being treated at Children’s Medical Center.
Seasonal Mission Options
We also support and promote several mission options that occur at various times of the year:
January – Blankets+: is a special mission opportunity for all ages. Some 8,000 congregations and groups across the U.S. providing funds to help people in need around the world, including the U.S.
February – Day of Caring Brunch: this yearly event in February involving Germantown churches with proceeds going to help with the national plight of hunger and homelessness in Miami Valley area. Community Churches come together for this event.
March – Jackson Area Ministries: Seeds are collected and sent to this Southern Ohio County ministry to help folks grow and harvest their own food. Click here for more information.
Summer – St. Paul UMC Tuesday Luncheon: Lunch is prepared and served to over 200 folks. Our summer menu of grilled hamburgers, hot dogs, and homemade ice cream is a big hit! Click here for more information.
August – Festival of Churches: Community churches gather at Veteran’s Memorial Park and hand out school supplies to children prior to the beginning of school.
September – Festival of Sharing: Bags (made by our Sewing Seeds of Love Group) filled with school items and delivered to United Methodist Conference site for distribution to needy children. Click here for more information.
October – Operation Christmas Child: Girls and boys in more than 150 countries have experienced the joy of Christmas and heard the Good News of Jesus Christ, thanks to caring people who have packed over 100 million shoebox gifts for Operation Christmas Child since 1993. Multitudes of these children have given their hearts to Jesus, have been discipled, and are now ambassadors for Christ in their communities. Praise God for how He uses these simple gifts to spread the Gospel to the far corners of the earth. Click here for more information.
November – Adopt A Family-Thanksgiving: Items of food and gifts are collected for needy families (names supplied by East Dayton Food Pantry).
December – Adopt A Family-Christmas: Items of food and gifts are collected for needy families (names supplied by East Dayton Food Pantry).
December – Hat/Scarves/Mittens/Gloves Collection: items also given to needy local families.
December – St. Paul UMC Tuesday Luncheon: We return to St. Paul to serve lunch to 200 low-income folks. While we don’t grill out in December, the people still appreciate the gift. Click here for more information.
How Can I Help?
You can designate giving for one of these or other giving opportunities.