Missions | At Home & Abroad
Children in Crisis
Foster care facilities for abused and neglected children in the four-county area of Northwest Florida (Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, and Walton Counties). In 2003, Children in Crisis, Inc., a non-profit 501 (c)(3) charity, was established to raise and manage the funds to build, staff, and operate The Children's Neighborhood, a residential style foster care neighborhood. From a small grass-roots group of individuals the organization has grown to over 100 members, including CPAs, architects, attorneys, educators, builders, employees of DCF, and volunteers from the Guardian Ad Litem program.
Children in Crisis Website
The Judge Ben Gordon Jr. Family Visitation Center
Many children, who are separated from one or both of their parents, need a neutral, pleasant environment where they can spend quality time with their parent(s). The Family Visitation Center offers children who have witnessed or experienced violence, abuse, or trauma, a safe place to spend time with a parent. The Judge Ben Gordon, Jr. Family Visitation Center makes an extraordinarily painful situation more tolerable for everyone involved. Volunteers are needed (a few hours per month) to be trained to oversee the visits between children and their non-custodial parents. Church Contact: Sharon Rogers (850-609-1850)
Click here to learn more about the Family Visitation Center.
Missions Christmas Tree
At Christmastime we receive requests from local organizations to provide gifts for deserving children. Volunteers purchase and wrap the gifts that are requested and then the gifts are given to the requesting organizations to be distributed. The cost of the gifts range from $25.00 and up. Church contact: Vicki Bryars
Sharing and Caring
This agency provides food and assistance for rent, medicine, transportation, clothing, and layettes. Services are provided based need and funds availability. Non-perishable food may be donated the first Sunday each month and is collected in the Sanctuary Narthex.
White Christmas-United Methodist Children’s Home
For more than 75 years, the White Christmas Offering has given United Methodists in two conferences a way to partner with us to provide vital services to children and families in areas from North Alabama to the panhandle of Florida.
Contributions from White Christmas are essential to the life and strength of this ministry. Each church establishes its own time of taking up a special offering for UMCH, and many churches also host additional fundraising events and activities to help increase the church's overall giving to the White Christmas offering.
Missionaries We Support:
John and Colleen Eisenberg, with their three children, have served as missionaries in Africa and South America since 1990. Now serving in Paraguay, South America, they work with the local National Methodist Youth Commission which organizes camps and retreats. They also have helped implement agricultural development programs for pastors in rural areas, taught in the Methodist Bible Institute, and developed a carpentry program for the Toba Indians. If you visit Paraguay, you will find them assisting the short-term teams with transportation and translation. John is the Field Leader for the Mission Society missionaries in Paraguay since 2000. He also helps with the National Church construction projects.
Eisenberg's Email | Eisenberg's Blog
Paul & Marty Law have been serving as missionaries in Africa first from 1984 until 2001. While they were in the States the new United Methodist Bishop in the Congo requested they return there to help rebuild that war torn country. Their efforts include rebuilding the infrastructure in roads and bridges along with churches along with Marty’s ministries for children. They also lead a 3-year Pastor’s program to build up local ministers to serve their people.
Law's Email | Law's Website
Bill & Stacy Prescott have been with Campus Crusade for over 27 years, working with college students. They were in Argentina from 2001-06 and are currently working at Louisiana Tech University and Grambling State University, mainly focusing on international students. They feel that college students are strategic, and international students perhaps even more so, especially if they go back to their countries.
Dangriga, Belize | 2008
There were three mission focal areas for this mission trip. Additional work was accomplished on the Epworth United Methodist manse, nurture was provided to the church school, and outreach through music ministry in Dangriga and River City.
Belize City, Hattieville, and Dangriga, Belize | 2007
In Belize City, additional work was completed on the Dorothy Menendez’s children’s home. In Hattieville, all floor coverings were removed and replaced as well as the interior painted in the Golden Haven Retirement Home. Other routine maintenance was also completed. In Dangriga, repair was accomplished on the Epworth United Methodist Church manse and nurture was provided for the church school.
Belize City and Hattieville, Belize | 2006
In Belize City, repair to the interior of the Dorothy Menendez’s children’s home was completed and concrete sidewalks were poured. In Hattieville, the outside of the Golden Haven Retirement Home was completely painted. Other routine maintenance was also completed. Nurture was provided to the residence of both facilities.
Belize City, Belize | 2005
The mission area for this mission trip was the Dorothy Menendez’s children’s home. The interior received major repair due to termite damage. Nurture was provided to the children living in the home.
Red Bird Mission - Beverly, Kentucky | 2009, 2008, 2007
Red Bird Mission and Clinic have been providing ministries in Beverly, Kentucky, in the Appalachian Mountains since 1921. Today the need remains critical in this isolated, rural distressed area. Chronic poverty, lack of jobs, poor housing, and rugged mountainous terrain provide obstacles to a fuller life for the residents of this area. Red Bird Mission and Clinic strives to meet these needs through ministry in five areas: Education, Health and Wellness, Community Outreach, Economic Opportunity, and Community Housing Improvement. We are excited to support to Beverly, Kentucky. Red Bird Mission allows us to help those in need. Red Bird provides mission activities for all physical abilities and skill levels. This trip provides an inexpensive way to really touch those living in poverty. More info about Red Bird Mission.