Gateway District Mission Strategy and Goals
Action Steps: Congregations support at least one of the four local missions with their prayers, presence, gifts, service and witness.
- Robeson County Church and Community- Food Pantry, Emergency Housing Fund, Utilities, Senior Nutrition and Housing Repair projects. Contact person: Darlene Jacobs, Director at 910-738-5204 or at www.robesoncccc.org
- Partners In Ministry- Youth Empowered to Success, Housing Repair (ROAR Ministry), Literacy and Tutoring Programs. Contact person: Dr. Melba McCallum, Director at 910-277-3355 or at www.rdpim.org
- Martha’s Place Ministry of Solid Rock UMC- Food Pantry program feeding nearly 20,000 pounds of food weekly in western Harnett County. Contact person: Rev. Mike Sadtler at 919-498-2139 or at www.solidrockumc.org.
- Asbury Homes- Seeking financial support for camp scholarships for their developmentally-delayed adults. Contact person: Rev. Sylvia Collins-Ball at 910-522-0670.
National and International Mission Work Team Opportunities
Action Steps: Churches are asked to support persons who wish to join the following work teams:
- Appalachian Service Project- Saint Luke UMC Laurinburg, NC. Contact person: Sandra Smith at 910-276-6821.
- Bolivia Work Team of Prospect UMC. Contact person: Mr. Wade Hunt at (910)-521-4569.
- Missionary Friends Nicaragua Mission Team. Contact person: Dr. Michelle Taylor Skipper at 910-865-4226. See below for details on the 2014 trip!
Missionary Friends, a local mission team, was established in 2007 and has made annual trips to El Ayudante Ministry in Leon, Nicaragua. They are a non-denominational group, and we take persons of all denominations with us. We stay one week, and focus on these areas of ministry:
1. Healthcare (with nurse practitioners, physicians, physical therapists and more)
2. Veterinary Care (work with local farmers to strengthen food supply and vaccinate cattle)
3. Construction (repairing local homes)
4. Evangelism/VBS- (Bible School team goes into schools daily and provided Bible lessons, crafts and activities)
5. Water filtration systems- The goal for 2014 is to equip at least 200 homes with water pots that will filtrate the water for one family for five years. (These cost $28 each.)
6. Feeding Ministry- We can purchase a bag of food for $8 that feeds a family of four for one week. Last year we gave out over 600 bags.
7. Church planting- Last year, we partnered with a team from Georgia in building a church from the ground-up in a community called La Majada.