Mission Guatemala

During the week of November 4-11, a 10-person team representing Zionsville UMC, is Panajachel, Guatemala serving with Mission Guatemala. Please cover the team and all those they will work alongside and with your prayers. If you'd like to follow along with the team's blog this week, you can do so by visiting http://zumcguatemala17.blogspot.com/?m=0

Mission Guatemala is a 501c3 faith-based nonprofit working in the highlands of Guatemala in the community of San Andrés Semetabaj. They strive to help meet the basic needs and improve the quality of life of under-served and impoverished Guatemalan peoples. They’re passionate about collaborating with communities to help improve health, education and nutrition. They also work with villages to help with community development and improvement projects.

Mission Guatemala was Founded in 2000, by Tom Heaton, a United Methodist pastor who has always had a heart for the people of Guatemala. In the spring of 2010, Mission Guatemala opened in the area of San Andres. With the help of numerous volunteers they have installed over 100 hi-energy, efficient wood-burning stoves for families, built chicken coops, play grounds, hand washing stations and bathrooms at schools, constructed feeding centers and a community kitchen. Today, they are blessed with a medical and dental clinic, and pre-school nutrition center. Each day over 150 children are fed a nutritious lunch at the two feeding centers.  Also available is an eye clinic and a women`s clinic.

Read more about Mission Guatemala and their ministry when you visit MissionGuatemala.com.

The next mission trip is scheduled for June 16-24, 2018. A Zionsville UMC youth family trip is also scheduled for March 30-April 6, 2019.

To find out more information about the next trip to Mission Guatemala or how you can support their efforts, please contact our Zionsville UMC mission contact person, Kathie Watson, 317-846-7481, kjw.watson@gmail.com

New Life International

New Life Water Purifiers from Southern Indiana is a non-profit organization based in Underwood. They have sent water purifiers to more than 600 countries. They started distributing the purifiers in 2000. In Third World countries, 80-90% of sick people have an underlying waterborne ailment.
It is not cheap to build and distribute these purifiers. A basic kit costs about $1000 to produce, but with transportation & training included, a single purifier can cost about $3500, relying primarily on sponsors for funding. Several times a year a team of volunteers travel to Underwood, IN to build water purifiers with New Life International. These purifiers are used in disaster relief areas, third world countries, and anywhere else that clean water is not available. Please contact Walt Maxson (317-538-0981 or walt@maxsonbuild.com) if you can help with this day of service.


As members of ZUMC, we are part of UMCOR’s network that provides outreach/relief for those in need. This year, our Lenten offering will be going to UMCOR in celebration of their 75th Anniversary.

UMCOR is a ministry of The United Methodist Church, dedicated to alleviating human suffering around the globe.  UMCOR's work includes programs and projects in disaster response, health, sustainable agriculture, food security, relief supplies, and more.  The goal is to assist the most vulnerable people in need affected by crisis or chronic need.  UMCOR reaches over 80 countries, including the US.  They provide humanitarian relief when war, conflict, or natural disaster disrupt life to an extent where communities are unable to recover on their own. 

UMCOR provides survivors not only with temporary relief, but long term training and support.  UMCOR spends 100% of the designated donations on the projects donors specify.  As we give our time, money and supplies we join UMCOR as the “Hands & Feet of Christ”. 

In the past, ZUMC has worked through UMCOR to provide relief for natural disasters. For example, ZUMC collected toiletry items and prepared several hundred emergency health kits for people affected by Hurricane Katrina. ZUMC Mission teams also traveled to Louisiana and Mississippi to help rebuild homes. The impact UMCOR has around the world and here at home is great.

Our goal this year is to raise $15,000! Labeled envelopes are available in the church for gifts of cash or checks. Please place your envelope into the offering plate at any time during Lent or drop your donation labeled UMCOR off at the church office during the week. To donate on-line please click the yellow "Make a Donation" button at the bottom of this page and select a dollar amount listed or choose “other”. You will then be asked to specify where this donation goes. Please select Lent/UMCOR. The new ZUMC app may also be used to donate.