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. Look for news on work days in Southern Indiana sponsored by the ZUMC Mens Ministry Group.

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. For more information please contact Walt Maxson at 317-538-0981.

Adults and youth are invited to participate on March 10, 2018, in a one-day mission experience at New Life International (NLI), where water purifiers are assembled and distributed with the Gospel to the world. NLI was the mission focus at last summer's ZUMC Vacation Bible School, where our children learned about God's amazing work through NLI.

We will caravan from ZUMC, leaving at 6:30 a.m., to rural Scottsburg, IN, returning to ZUMC at 7:00 p.m. Our ZUMC projects will be:

  • Assembly Building: Need up to 8 people to assist with water purifier work.
  • Living Waters: Need up to 4 people laminating and making water purification manuals.
  • Outdoors: Logs have been pulled from the woods, need anyone with chain saws and/or who wants outdoor exercise to cut and stack fire wood.

Please contact Walt Maxson (317-538-0981 or walt@maxsonbuild.com) if you can help with this day of service.

Joy in the Harvest

Joy in the Harvest is a Christian mission working in Tanzania. Founded in 1992, they have seen God at work in incredible ways.

Lowell and Claudia Wertz have been missionaries in Africa since 1980. Lowell is an ordained United Methodist minister with a heart for evangelism. Claudia has many years experience working with African women and running a guest house facility. They live in Tanzania (East Africa), and have an exciting ministry helping the poor, assisting refugees, providing vocational and apprenticeship training, evangelism, church construction, and also women and youth ministries.

Lowell is an ordained United Methodist minister and an elder in the Tanganyika-Tanzania Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church in Africa. For 26 years he flew a single engine airplane as a bush pilot. In 1990 they evacuated their mission station twice — both times under gunfire. In 1993 they founded the Joy in the Harvest mission organization. The Wertzes reside in the strategic location of Kigoma, Tanzania near the countries of Congo, Burundi, and Rwanda. These three countries have experienced brutal civil wars in recent years – which resulted in hundreds of thousands of refugees coming to their area in Tanzania. The Wertzes developed a variety of ministries in the refugee camps.

The Wertzes are currently involved in many ministries, such as feeding street people, providing assistance to people in crisis, and supporting a destitute camp for the handicapped. They are currently building a two story community center building that will hold a lending library, radio studio, offices, kitchen, washrooms, and an auditorium that will seat over 350 people.

You can learn more about the Wertzes, their mission, and Joy in the Harvest via their website JoyintheHarvest.com.

To find out more information about how you can support the efforts of Joy in the Harvest here locally, please contact the Zionsville UMC mission contact person, Kathie Watson.


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.