Outreach into the World

United Methodists have believed, from the beginning, that each of us is called to participate in the outreaching ministry of Jesus Christ. John Wesley described this work in simple, practical terms:

“Do all the good you can, in all the places you can, to all the people you can.”

Putting our faith into action is at the very heart of our Christian calling. By volunteering to serve through programs such as United Methodist Volunteers in Mission or the Mission Volunteers program of The General Board of Global Ministries, every person in the church has the opportunity to serve and to live their calling more faithfully.

Methodism’s founder John Wesley said,“I look upon all the world as my parish.”earth

Wesley reminded us that we are called to step out of our little corner of the world to spread the good news, transform hopelessness into hope and help God’s children wherever they may be.

The Clothing Closet is a ministry of Wesley UMC. (Click the link to learn what we do and how to participate.) We serve an average of 500 adults and 200 children per year with free clothing. In additon, proceeds from Saturday sales are given to feed and house people in need in the community. 

Wesley UMC supports the Dover Interfaith Mission for Housing with our time and money. If you would like to help prepare dinner for the shelter during the weeks that Wesley serves, contact Gerrie Willis at Ggerriew@aol.com, or 302-734-5141.

Central Delaware Habitat for Humanity was founded on June 21, 1990 and has since then built 16 homes for families in need of a hand up. Throughout the years they have flourished through the generous hand of volunteers and donors. Shelter is a basic human need, and Habitat strives to achieve its goal of eliminating poverty housing and making decent, affordable homes a reality for all families. In the near future they will analyze the cost-basis average of housing in Delaware and compare it to our own costs for building them ourselves, which typically average $60,000 per home. We have supported Habitat for Humanity for many years. We participate bi-annually in the Apostle’s Build. In partnership with area churches, we funded and built a home in Frederica, DE and one in Dover, DE. 

The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to alleviating human suffering around the globe. UMCOR’s work reaches people in more than 80 countries, including the United States. We provide humanitarian relief when war, conflict, or natural disaster disrupt life to such an extent that communities are unable to recover on their own. 

Suzanne Porter is a missionary with the General Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church serving as dean of the Winifred J. Harley College of Health Sciences (HCHS), a part of the United Methodist University of Liberia at Ganta. She arrived in Liberia and at Ganta Medical Complex in January 2007 to focus on nurses’ training through the United Methodist University (UMU). In a country recovering from 14 years of civil war with a population mired in extreme poverty, Ganta United Methodist Hospital works to provide affordable, quality healthcare for poor, rural subsistence farming families throughout northeastern Liberia. The town of Ganta, home to Ganta United Methodist Hospital, is located in northern Liberia, just south of Guinea. The long civil war has devastated Liberia’s economy: Unemployment is a staggering 85%, the farming sector is very weak, food is difficult to obtain on a consistent and adequate basis, and most of the country’s capital and infrastructure has not yet been restored. Though the war ended and Ganta Hospital reopened its doors to provide basic and emergency services in April 2004, the situation for most Liberians remains grave, particularly for the more than 450,000 people served by the hospital.

The Africa University Fund supports Africa University, the only United Methodist-related, degree-granting university on the continent of Africa—serving students from 29 countries, all across the continent of Africa. Africa University provides higher education of excellent quality, enriched with Christian values, for both men and women, developing visionary leaders of tomorrow. This fund covers general operating costs of the university.

Red Bird Mission and Clinic have been providing ministries in this region of the Appalachian Mountains since 1921. Today the need remains critical in this isolated, rural distressed area. Areas of Ministry: Education, Health and Wellness, Community Outreach, Economic Opportunity, and Community Housing Improvement.

Heifer International works with communities around the world to end hunger and poverty and to care for the earth. By providing animals and training, Heifer enables families to overcome poverty and make lasting improvements in their quality of life. Heifer’s Program Information Services offers technical literature for field workers and planners that focuses on sustainable approaches to development; small-scale farming; animal husbandry; and planning, monitoring and evaluation techniques.

The Central Congo Partnership was established in 2001, with focus on the health and spiritual care of the Congolese people, particularly the children. It is a United Methodist mission, whose foundation of mutual support is expressed through relationship, prayer, and finance. Medical, agricultural, educational, and construction projects are all part of the mission. We have adopted the 7th grade class at the Mama Tola School in Congo. $35/month covers all of the education and room/board expenses of a child. All gifts are welcomed. 

The mission of West End Neighborhood House is to help diverse communities of people with limited resources attain their goals for self-sufficiency, financial independence, health and community building. Since 1906, Neighborhood House has helped immigrants, refugees and low-income people overcome economic, educational and employment challenges. They learn to rely on themselves and each other to fulfill their dreams and to become active members of a free and democratic society. From the moment of their birth to the twilight of their years, people depend upon Neighborhood House for hope and opportunity.

Kent Ecumenical Food and Fuel Crisis Fund is a representation of local churches, private individuals, and local businesses that are concerned with the welfare of individuals living in Kent County and are less fortunate or find themselves in a crisis situation. A food pantry serves families in need, as well as it provides financial assistance for rent, utilities, prescription and medical bills.

Partners in Missions (PIM)— These are positions of service where local leaders serve in innovative ministries to enhance the development of Methodist and ecumenical leadership programs around the world. The PIM program promotes more diverse missionary force through the emergence of local leadership in other countries.

The Board of Child Care of the United Methodist Church is a human services organization that helps children. Since 1874, we have given children and their families hope for the future and power in their present lives. We serve through our residential and community-based services. Our goal is to build a bridge leading to independence, success and confidence for children facing adverse life circumstances. When they leave us, we want them prepared to meet the world and to live productive lives. The Board of Childcare is a nonprofit multi-service organization serving close to 1,700 children and their families each year throughout Maryland, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia. Making a difference for children and families requires an unwavering commitment by scores of staff, the Board of Directors, and volunteers.

Pecometh Camp and Retreat Ministries provides the perfect setting and program support for God-inspired, life-changing experiences! Situated along the banks of the Chester River on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, Pecometh is located in the heart of Chesapeake country. The forests, fields, and riverfront provide a natural backdrop for guests to discover the wonder of God.