Foreign Missions

Foreign Mission Partnerships

Weddington UMC is currently in ministry in four different countries outside of the United States. Please contact Ken Curell, our Foreign Missions Chairperson, about any of these ministries.

Bulgaria

World Methodist Evangelism in Botevgrad, Bulgaria

Bulgaria is the poorest country in the European Union and has been rebuilding the church community after Communism fell in 1989. Weddington UMC helped build, and continues to financially support, a church in the town of Botevgrad, through your tithes and offerings. For more information please contact Tonya Tapp.

Romania

Light from Light Church in Sibiu, Romania is one of three Methodist churches in Romania. In late 2014, Pastor Cristian Istrate and his wife Ligia started meeting with a small Bible study. As the attendance started to grow, soon Cristian and Ligia were asked by the group to start meeting Sundays, as a church, and in November 2014 were officially established as a United Methodist Church under the presence of Superintendent Rareș Calugar. Their work is not only focused inside, but also outside the church. They currently have projects:

  1. Working with teenagers in the Skate Park, counseling and evangelism.
  2. Hosting regular UMW meetings where non-Christian women are invited to hear about God.
  3. Ministry with the orphans.
  4. Sharing faith through music and events.

For photos, videos and updates visit www.facebook.com/lightfromlightumc. For more information please contact Tonya Tapp.

Costa Rica 

Weddington UMC partners with churches in Costa Rica to help establish facilities for worship and housing. Most recently we worked with a congregation to build an education building at Dios Es Amor Iglesia (God Is Love Church) in Santa Cruz. Groups travel to Costa Rica typically during the month of January.

The Costa Rica mission often hosts a golf fundraiser in the fall to raise funds for building projects that is open to all. Please contact co-leader Greg Smith for more information.

Costa Rica Mission Trip 2022

We will be back on our normal schedule with our 2022 trip. The team from WUMC will be in 2 week-long phases, with the dates beginning January 22 and January 30. Over the years we have found the 2-phase approach to work from a logistics standpoint, but more importantly the shorter trip allows those who cannot travel for more than seven days to join the team and experience a foreign building mission trip. As in the past, you may opt for either of the weeks or both weeks. We have also had team members join us for days that bridge both weeks.

The project this year is work on the main sanctuary floor, an outdoor dining area, and bathroom facilities at the church in Santa Cruz. We may also be doing some renovation work at the church in Belen. Contact Greg Smith (704-778-5318) or Brian Pontius (803-554-1119) for details or questions.

 

Kenya

Weddington UMC helped start, and continues to support the Home of the Good Shepherd (HOTGS), a rescue mission for vulnerable children in Nyahururu. The ministry takes children off the streets and into the home where they are safe and their physical and spiritual needs can be met. HOTGS social workers then focus on reuniting the children with their tribe by finding and empowering the right foster family, as well as assisting financially in their education. The goal is to create a new generation of Christian leaders that can break the cycle of poverty for their family, congregation, and tribe.   

We also partner with God’s Grace for all Nations (GGFAN), a ministry that starts churches, trains pastors, enables congregations, and takes food and the Gospel to the 22 unreached tribes in Kenya. Several years ago, we donated a truck to their ministry which transports relief food to the unreached tribes and was used to rescue fellow Christians during the tribal clashes of 2008. The truck continues to serve, recently providing famine relief to thousands of Kenyans impacted by the Coronavirus shutdown.

WUMC mission teams typically visit Kenya three times a year to witness the way God is working through GGFAN. Teams meet with the staff, visit the Pastors School, teach Bible School at GGFAN churches, play with the kids, and work with teachers at Little Lambs Academy. Through this experience, you will experience a new culture, build new relationships, create lifelong memories, and change lives. If traveling to Kenya is not for you, there are multiple ways to support the mission and connect with the HOTGS kids from the US.  

You can find pictures and notes at the Friends of the Good Shepherd Facebook Page.  Please contact Bradd Blocker or Paula Burnett for more information on how to get involved.