Dublin First United Methodist Church
Sunday, June 25, 2017
To reach, teach and serve others in the name and love of Jesus Christ

Missions

Following God's guidance and taking direction from scripture, First United Methodist, Dublin, Georgia is actively involved in efforts to:
      •Spread news of Christ's unconditional and redeeming love in word and in service to those in need at home and around the world. 
      •Work to alleviate deprivation and suffering through ministries with the poor, the sick, the oppressed, and the weak and vulnerable
      •Support United Methodist missionaries and agencies as well as persons in our local church family who are engaged in mission work
 See below and then go to each website to follow the missions we currently support:
 
Jeffrey and Ellen Hoover - United Methodist General Board of Global Ministries - DRCongo, Africa
Jeffrey and Ellen Hoover are missionaries with the General Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church serving in the area of education in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) since 1979.
Jeff continues to maintain his ties with the public University of Lubumbashi, one of the three Congolese state universities that for two decades had a monopoly on higher education. He teaches pre-colonial African history, the field of his research, and is also interested in Bantu historical linguistics and social anthropology. He continues to concentrate on teaching beginning undergraduates, as well as assisting with the development of Congolese staff.In addition to teaching, Dr. Hoover has also served as a consultant to government and international organizations involved with development projects in Katanga province. From 1985 to 1992 he served as administrative director of a medical infrastructure project with the cooperation of USAID, the then Zairian government, and several Christian denominations, all managed by the Southern Congo Annual Conference.

Ellen is a part-time professor at the United Methodist university in Mulungwishi where she teaches courses in Islam and church history in the college of theology.  Ellen also works with The English-speaking School of Lubumbashi (TESOL), an elementary and middle school for children of missionaries, full-time church workers and other English-speaking families in a city where French is the common language of instruction. After helping start the school in 1987, she served on the Administrative Council and as director of the school.                               FEBRUARY 2016 UPDATE:  Dr. Hoover is currently a professor in the theological college of Katanga Methodist University and assists in the library. He is also director of the University of Lubumbashi libraries, a system of 11 facilities, and works with other institutions on their collections and their efficiencies.  Jeff is deeply committed to the development of a viable United Methodist-related university at Mulungwishi, which can help address the critical needs of the Congo that are emerging after years of government oppression and warfare. In a country where French is the principal international language, a Congolese university can effectively serve the needs of its country as an institution for English-speaking Africa. For the past several years, Jeff has acted as a scholarship manager for graduates of the Jamaa Letu Orphanages who are in college through the assistance of the Pacific Northwest Annual Conference in the United States and the Vancouver United Methodist Foundation in Washington State. E:mail: jehoover2002@yahoo.com                                                        Website: www.umcmission.org/Explore-Our-Work/Missionaries-in-Service/Missionary-Profiles/Hoover-Jeffrey

 

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Mark Edens - International Teams (Atlanta & Italy)  Website: http://markedens.net/
As of January 1, 2014, this is the information needed for support partners: To give online and/or to set up a monthly account visit  http://www.iteams.us/give/   Where it asks for person or project type in Mark Edens.  I have used it already so I know it works.  If you have any questions, please contact us.  markedens@live.com  or 478-697-6609.  To give by check, Please make your checks payable to International Teams and include a note stating your donation is for Mark Edens.  Mail to: International Teams, Attn: Receipting Dept, 411 W River Rd, Elgin, IL  60123.  FEBRUARY 2016 UPDATE:  Mark works in Macon, Warner Robins, Atlanta and Rome, Italy rescuing girls who left home, run up debt or borrowed money.  These girls are embarrassed to contact home after they have been pulled into the trafficking world by offers to  make extra money selling makeup or items door-to-door or business-to-business, which then progresses to the trafficking circuit.  The girls are in a world of hopelessness with feelings of worthlessness.  Outreach to the girls is made with cards, hot line number, roses and prayer.  Two rescues (extraction from trafficking circuit) per day are made in Atlanta.  Mark will be teaching Teams in Atlanta and Rome the best way to meet peoples' needs and caring for the whole person (physical, emotional and spiritual).  He is also involved with the Refugee Center in Rome.  The Refugee Crisis is putting 1,200-1,500 people in Italy each week. 
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Katie Mair - Cru at KSU: 
Since its inception in 1951, Cru has trained and inspired college students to change the world.  Katie served with Global Missions in Atlanta training others to minister around the world while learning another language and culture.  She helped process Visas and students' donations.  Katie met one-on-one with students to help them grow in their relationship with God.  She held training sessions on sharing testimony, spiritual conversations, and leading someone to Christ.  Katie moved back to Kennesaw State University campus in 2015.  She works to disciple student leaders and holds student Bible studies to assist them in understanding the Gospel for the first timne.  She works with leadeship to create inventive ways to involve students in Cru's events.  She helped a student leader launch a subministry of Cru to reach African Americans on campus.  Katie says it's amazine to watch God continue to move. 
 
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Pastor Samuel Magumba - Community Methodist Church Initiative:
This is a ministry of Faith Community Methodist Church in Jinja, Uganda started in 2007 with the vision of bringing hope to orphans and vulnerable children with no one to give them love, care and support.  We share God's love to these children through shelter, meals, education, health, clothing, mutual encouragement and spiritual ministry.  Immanuel Children's Home Education Center opened in 2007 and has 35 children.  Community Children's Home opened in 2009 and has 26 children.  Michelle and Julia Hoffman Memorial Children's Home opened in 2013 and has 51 children.  Our goal is to support these children, help them to realize their God given potential and become useful and responsible citizens in their respective families, communities and to the Nation at large.  They have planted pineapple plants using the harvest for the schools.  Pastor Maguma thanks Dublin First United Methodist members for their continued partnership.
 
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Habitat for Humanity:
Dublin-Laurens County Habitat for Humanity Inc. is part of a global, nonprofit housing organization operated on Christian principles that seeks to put God's love into action by building homes, communites and hope.  Laurens County Habitat has completed 35 homes since 1993.  Work is done by the homeowner, their family, friends, and church members.  Habitat for Humanity was founded on the conviction that every man, woman and child should have a simple, durable place to live in dignity and safety, and that decent shelter in decent communities should be a matter of conscience and action for all.  Dublin First United Methodist was a sponsoring partner for the four homes built in 2014 and 2015 supplying on-site workers and monetary support.  We will also be a sponsoring partner for homes built in 2016. 
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Arturo Paulino – Young Life
Currently there are over 10,000 military personnel deployed at the italy Navy Installation with 800 teenagers in need of relational and spiritual support.   Their ministry was to promote the Good News of Christ amongst the children of our Navy men and women. The Paulinos initial contract in Italy was from 2012-2015 with the goal to establish a youth program for the Navy community.  That mission was successfully completed and the Paulinos have transferred out of the Italy Navy Installation.  FEBRUARY 2016 UPDATE:  Arturo continues to work with Young Life as an Independent Video contractor.  He is collaborating with the head of Young life Video Department in the creation of the Kenneth Video, a Ministry Window for many of Young Life Military Staffers.  These videos communicate the nature of Young Life's work, and the need the youth workers are fulfilling and provide a glimpse of the meaningful work our Lord is doing through Young Life. 
The Paulino's - E-Mail: paulinos@x2133.younglife.org