Outside Our Walls – National and Global
This is one of the poorest areas in the United States. The loss of jobs when the coal mines shut down, lack of medical care, substandard housing, and the isolation of the homes contribute to the problems faced by the people in this region. We provide funding for youth programs, toiletries, pantry items, sporting goods, clothing and other essential items. Volunteers work in the greenhouse, library, office and food pantry.
We collect, pack and ship clothing to the Overhome Missions Clothing Center in Sneedville, Tennessee, which is located in Hancock County, one of the poorest counties in the U.S. We have also begun contributing funds through the United Methodist Jubilee Water Project to help dig wells for people in the area. This is a continuous need, as there are more wells needed before all people will have running water.
Volunteers hold Vacation Bible School at area churches and do construction at the Methodist Children’s Home Orphanage.
We are in a relationship with the Methodist Church of Manzanillo, Cuba. This church is one of our “sister congregations” and we will be sending teams to help renovate the church building. In addition, we will be assisting them financially to provide lunch to children on Sundays and helping them to update their audio equipment for their services.
We support the Methodist Church in the Czech Republic and a Christian Help Center just outside of Prague. The Center serves women and children in crisis situations and the Romy people. They provide housing for families for up to one year, social work, psychological services, and job training.
What once was home to 20,000, has now swelled to more than 500,000 with no infrastructure or employment to support such great numbers. Volunteers do construction at the Methodist church, the high school, the senior citizen home, and the medical clinic. Teams also venture into the nearby mountain villages to construct schools and do mobile medical.