ZOE Empowers – ZOE Empowers is an empowerment program for orphaned and vulnerable children living in the most extreme poverty globally. With their work focused in Africa and India, the children in their program move from life threatening poverty to sustainable and self-sufficient individuals in just three years. This is all done while being surrounded by a loving community. Since 2014 MPUMC has partnered with over 1,700 children through ZOE Empowers.
Cambodia – MPUMC has been reaching out in Cambodia for a number of years. In the past three years, we have in partnership with the General Board of Global Ministries. We are supporting efforts to allow young people in rural areas the opportunity to advance their education while learning about Christianity.
Armenia – Project AGAPE supports the projects and people in the Armenia region. Project AGAPE has been able to help people in the area to achieve their goals. The local people have essential input in developing a country they believe in. MPUMC has been involved by donating cows, chickens and garden supplies to families. We also supply resources to their Christian Education Center. Project AGAPE is also located in an area that has been in a border conflict and has been in a cease fire since the early 1990’s. However, tension broke out again is 2020 and the war forced the mission to relocate.
Brazil – Shade and Fresh Water began in 2000 in an effort to help the Brazilian Methodist Church unify and coordinate its social programming with children, provide materials for local churches and train those working with children. Over the past 18 years, Shade and Fresh Water currently serves over 3,000 children and youth. MPUMC has been instrumental in providing resources to continue these programs.
Costa Rica – Costa Rica Mission Projects was started by North Carolina Conference Missionary, Wil Bailey. Wil received his Master of Divinity degree from Duke University Divinity School in May of 2003 and has been commissioned as a United Methodist Volunteers in Mission. Along with his wife and daughter, CRMP provides opportunities for churches in Costa Rica and churches in other countries to serve one another and explore what it means for us to be part of a body that extends far beyond the walls of our own individual churches.
Mexico – Since 1994, Faith Ministry volunteers and mission work groups have built over 2,00 houses for families in need. The cinderblock and cement houses that are built provide families with the shelter, warmth and security that they need and deserve. Mission work groups spend a week in Mexico building a house alongside Faith Ministry staff and volunteers. Teams from MPUMC take annual mission trips to work alongside families to build futures.