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Leola UMC is truly blessed for the wonderful missions program that has been initiated and maintained over many years.  This mission program is in addition to the missions supported through the Conference Connectional Ministries.   While the total giving to missions for the year is not available at the writing of this article, we fervently pray that year end giving will enable us to meet our intentions for 2019. The caring compassion and generous giving of our church members have been making MISSION POSSIBLE over the past years.  We thank you for your faithful support.

The Mission Committee of Charlie Coon, Floris Steinruck, Pat Robinson, Judy McKinley, Gerry Michael, Ann Denlinger. Mary and Tom Yohe prepared the missions outreach budget for 2020.  This was then adopted by Church Council.   The amount of intended giving for 2020 will remain the same as 2019, with some additional missions receiving our support.              

We hope to highlight one of these missions each month in church services either by electronic visuals in the Sanctuary and/or personal visits of a representative from that mission, articles in the bulletin and newsletters and with a bulletin board display.  It is our hope that each member becomes aware of the far-reaching impact these missions have in spreading God's word and the love of Jesus Christ every day.

The following is a brief description of the missions we will support in 2020.

 Local Missions

Bird 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



                    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
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.
Provides both educational services and scholarships for students of all ages who need financial aid for their studies and who articipate in the ministries of the Mid-Town Parish UMC in North Philadelphia - breaking a cycle of poverty and dependency and developing their God given talents.  

 A community of believers in North Philadelphia that serves in meeting inner-city challenges - currently occupying their new church building.

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- Missionaries in Guatemala
Missionaries Janet and Irv Wenger serve through AVANT in Guatemala at SETECA - the seminary that prepares Central Americans to go into the mission field spreading God's love by the Word and Music and establishing Biblical churches in the world's less reached areas.
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.