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MISSION POSSIBLE

Leola UMC is truly blessed for the wonderful mission program that was initiated and maintained for over 30 years.  The missions supported through this program are in addition to those supported to our giving to the Conference Connectional Ministries.  The caring compassion and generous giving of our church members make MISSION POSSIBLE.  Thank you for your faithful support.

Each month one of these missions is highlighted in our church services either by electronic visuals in the sanctuary and/or personal presentation by a representative from that mission, articles in the bulletin and newsletter and with a bulletin board display. It is our hope that every member becomes aware of the far-reaching impact these missions have in spreading God’s word and sharing the love of Jesus Christ every day. 

The following is a brief description of the Missions Leola UMC helps to support.

 Local Missions


B.I.R.D. Ministries (House of Ruth)
Provides skills for women leaving prison so they may rebuild their lives and overcome the  cycle of poverty and dependencies that devastated  their lives.
 
A local children's home in Paradise, PA with the heart to serve the Lord by providing services to disadvantaged children (and senior adults) in an atmosphere graced with love, dignity, compassion and respect.
 
Located off Witmer Road near Smoketown, local support is provided to families in need of food and clothing through Conestoga Valley Christian Community Services, the outreach ministry of the Leola Ministerium. This year our focus is on the Weekend Blessings program, providing weekend meals for children.

Home donated by Zion Lutheran Church and maintained in partnership with other local churches to provide transitional housing and support services in multiple learning areas that will enable individuals to become self-supporting.
 
LUMINA Camp Scholarships
Support through LUMINA to send inner-city Lancaster children to camp.

The Water Street Ministries

Provides:     Hope and a home for the homeless                        

                    Physical healing through their medical and dental clinics

                    Clothing

                    Food

                    Spiritual outreach by sharing the example of Christ's love and compassions



Miscellaneous/Short-term Needs

Special needs brought to the attention of the Mission Committee

Disasters - usually by special offering

 

 

  
 
Regional Missions
CRU/Snyder
Andrew and Corrie Snyder are serving with CRU (Campus Crusade for Christ) on the Kennesaw State University in GA bringing students the knowledge and love of Christ.
 
 
 A community of believers in North Philadelphia that serves in meeting inner-city challenges - currently occupying their new church building.

TIAGD
Today is A GoodDay is a mission started by Martha Benedum Sharkey to help families navigate the NICU journey by providing care packages, informational/listening sessions and direct financial support.  This program currently operates in several Philadelphia and suburban Philadelphia hospitals but may expand into the Lancaster area.



 
 
Woldwide Missions
  
Care of abandoned, orphaned, abused and handicapped children in southern India so they can be nurtured and rehabilitated into society. Darlene Large, former Leola resident is the founder and President.
 
Operation Christmas Child
OCC is a project of Samaritan’s Purse to provide shoeboxes filled with small toys, hygiene items and school supplies as a means of reaching out to children outside the US affected by war, poverty, natural disaster, famine and disease; and to children living on Native American reservations in the US. 

The Wengers - Former Missionaries in Guatemala
The Wengers  - Now retired from 40 years of missionary service in Guatemala and living in New Holland, Janet and Irv Wenger continue some of their work in Guatemala via electronics to handle financial reports for FAM and teach courses for students at the seminary.  They also “attend “ their church in Guatemala, providing services there.
 
 YWAM/Watkins   
Mackenzie Watkins spent 3 months in training with Youth with A Mission in Australia and will be assigned to serve for 2 more months in a country to be determined.

Please keep these Missions and the people who work with them in your prayers and may God bless you for your faithful and generous giving.