Missions

FUMC Waynesville supports many missions locally and internationally.  These include:

Armenia: Agape

A humanitarian mission to the oldest Christian nation on earth.  The mission now concentrates on serving mountain rural communities in a disputed area that governmental funded agencies can not serve.  Primary operations include a Christian Growth center, a Children's home, a Regional Hospital, a Heifer project that has placed animals with 82 families, rebuilding homes destroyed by war, and distribution of food, clothing & school supplies.  The mission was started by United Methodists from NC who continue to provide its entire support. Website

Big Brothers-Big Sisters

Big Brothers Big Sisters of WNC is the oldest and largest youth mentoring program in this area.  Currently, there are office in Asheville, Hendersonville, Morganton, Tryon, Bryson City and Waynesville.  These programs serve over 700 children. Website

Cherokee United Methodist Ministry

Cherokee United Methodist Ministry is a ministry of the Cherokee United Methodist Church and its partners, reaching out to the Cherokee people and residents of the Qualla Boundary (Cherokee Reservation) and beyond with a relevant Christian ministry that seeks to build bridges and impact the whole person with the power and presence of Jesus Christ.

Ecuador

This project works to promote educational opportunities in rural Ecuador in the schools and community.  They are building a regional library and an adult education center which will provide many educational opportunities for adults. Website

FUMC-Child Development Scholarship

Enables participation by children and families who because of economic hardship would otherwise be unable to benefit from the developmental, social, educational, and spiritual aspects of our week-eay program.  This program serves children 3 to 5 years of age.

Foundation for Evangelism

Provides resources, primarily grants, to fund programs, initiatives, and professorships that train leaders with a passion for evangelism.  The passion statement, "to help others experience God's transforming love through Jesus Christ," confirms our commitment to encourage Wesleyan evangelism, the inextricable link between personal and social holiness, in today's church.

A new gran initiative, Grace Spiritual Leadership Academy, will affect 1,500 UM pastors equipping them with tools to lead a new movement of the church, to shepherd their local church to become faithful and fruitful, and to extend God's Kingdom into their communities. Website

FUMC-Youth Missions

The youth program, involves 6th through 12th grade.  Weekly activities are Sunday night Potter's Wheel, accountability groups, Sunday School, Choir, Bell Choirs, Praise Band, and Devotional and prayer groups. 

These activities provide an opportunity for young people to fellowship, worship, learn more about their faith, and gives them a chance to share their faith with others.  Our group also enjoys retreats and recreational outings as well as helping with service projects such as contributing to ministries, participating with local outreach and missions, or by going on mission trips throughout the world.  Through all their activities, the Youth experience what it means to work and play together as a community of faith.  They have many opportunities to interact with each other and with adult counselors as they seek to find themselves and their place in the world.  We do not see our Youth as the future of the church and the faith, but active members of the Body of Christ carrying out God's message today.

Good Samaritan Clinic

Glorifying God through the provision of medical care, as well as spiritual and social support, to underserved adults in Haywood County. Website

Habitat for Humanity (Haywood County)

To work in partnership with community sponsors and volunteers to build affordable, high quality housing for families unable to purchase a home through conventional means.Website

Haiti-Lagonave Education Program

Training teachers and providing education, supplies, and meals to elementary-age children in Lagonave, Haiti.

Haywood Christian Ministries

Providing coordination of care and outreach in the name of Jesus Christ to persons in crisis.  This ministry serves as a clearinghouse for outreach concerns shared by Haywood County churches and to offer spiritual and material assistance to those who are unable to sustain the basic necessities of life.

Heifer International

An organization working with millions of families in 125 countries to provide animals and training in animal production and agriculture.  Each family in the program is expected, in turn, to help another family by donating an offspring. Website

Homeless Shelter

An ecumenical program in Haywood County to provide shelter for those homeless during the winter months.

Hospice of Haywood County

To provide skilled professionals and volunteers to assist with the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of terminally ill patients and their families, so that they may remain comfortable and in control of their lives in the environment they desire, experience death with dignity and find support throughout the grieving process. Website

Kids Advocacy Resource Effort (KARE)

KARE's mission is to end child abuse and neglect through: advocacy, education, and support.  KARE works to strengthen families and educate the public in order to reduce the risks of child maltreatment in Haywood County. Website

Kenya Methodist University Scholarship

To assist students with expenses.  The university began as Methodist training school for pastors.  It now offers majors in theology, agriculture, teaching, and economics to 900 students.

Meals on Wheels

To provide hot, home-delivered food five days per week to home-bound elderly or disabled persons unable to provide meals for themselves in Haywood County.  Meals are delivered by volunteers who pay their own expenses. Website

Nicaragua: Nan McCurdy & Miguel Mairene, Missionaries

The Women & Community project at San Francisco Libre, is an ecumenical farm women's association in rural Nicaragua.  It provides training on gender equity, empowerment, self-esteem, and domestic violence prevention for women & youth.  Also offers womens no-interest loans to buy and raise cattle and to produce feed for animals, guidance to pregnant teenages, a women's clinic, youth scholarships, and legal aid to victims of domestic violence.  nan and Miguel serve as trainers and advisors to the women who run these programs.  Funded by UM Global Ministries ADVANCE for Christ giving #13285A.

Open Door Ministries

To give renewed hope to people, and to help lives become transformed through the gospel of Jesus Christ, by feeding the hungry, providing Christ-centered educational programs and assistance in a safe Christian environment.

Palestinian Ministries

Lissa & Raymond Caldwell, Individual Volunteers in Mission

A. Christian Student Scholarship: Due to the devastating economic conditions in the West Bank, many families can no longer pay even partial tuition for their children.  In response tot he overwhelming need of so many students, this fund was set up through FUMC to help Palestinian Christian students remain in school.  Funds are paid directly to the schools as tuition for students. 

B. Methodist Pre-School in Beit Sahour: This wonderful nursery and pre-school was started by local people in Beit Sahour together with members of FUMC-Waynesville.  In addition to teaching the basics to the children, it serves as a safe refuge for children who have seen the horror of war.  They are dependent upon funds from the USA for their continued existence. 

Red Bird Missionary Conference

Conference of 23 churches and 3 outreach centers (including Henderson Settlement).  Two of the counties in which these church are located are considered the poorest in the USA. Website

REACH (Resources, Education, Advocacy, Counseling, Housing)
To interrupt the cycle of domestic violence by providing temporary shelter, emergency food, clothing, hospital accompaniment, court advocacy, counseling, 24-hour hotline assistance, and support groups for women and children.

WNC University Wesley Foundation

To be a faithful Christian community, bringing God's kingdom to the Church and the University.Website

Wilderness Trail

Wilderness Trail offers a backpacking ministry to adults and youth (ages 12-18) for 6 weeks during the summer.  Donations provide scholarships for individuals to attend and participate. Website

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