Foreign Missions

Foreign Mission Partnerships

Weddington UMC is currently in ministry in four different countries outside of the United States. Please contact Ivan Merritt, 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. In addition to our partnership with the church, WUMC supports Lipnitsa Orphanage, FSCI Early Years Education Program and the “House of Joshua”. For more information please contact Tonya Tapp.

Romania

A new partnership in becoming a light for the capital of arts and culture in 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 Daniel Topalski. Their work is not focused only 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. Click here to view the Light From Light UMC Newsletter. 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 are working 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.

We will be having our annual golf tournament fundraiser on Monday, October 21, 2019 at Firethorne Country Club. Please contact co-leader Greg Smith for more information.

Kenya

Weddington UMC helped start, and continues to support, The Home of the Good Shepherd, an orphanage which houses 67 children in Nyharuru. We also partner with God’s Grace for all Nations (GGFAN), a ministry that starts churches, trains pastors, 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. Please contact Ron Melvin for more information.