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.
Tom Heaton is our missionary in Guatemala. At “La Mission” we have partnered to establish a medical clinic and feeding program for children. Tom is a United Methodist Pastor from the Indiana Conference and formed Mission Guatemala in the Spring of 2009. It is a United Methodist ministry that operates a medical clinic, a pre-school feeding program, and as of June 23, 2011, a dental office. Read more about Tom Heaton & his ministry, visit the website MissionGuatemala.com.
To find out more information about the next trip to Mission Guatemala or how you can support their efforts, please contact the Zionsville UMC mission contact person, Kathie Watson.
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.
HOW TO HELP
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.
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.