November 14, 2021
Just like last year, our Mission Fiesta Sunday celebration will be muted due to Covid. We hope you will enjoy your own party while you consider giving to the organizations RHUMC supports annually.
Mission Fiesta Sunday celebrates two great organizations – Heifer International and Habitat for Humanity. It also gives you a chance to give to RHUMC’s four supported missionaries. More detailed information about each of these great causes can be found on the back of this flyer. As many have discovered, this is a great opportunity to buy a Christmas gift for someone on your list and help a terrific cause at the same time.
While we have returned to in-person services, Covid is still making it tough to put on the kind of celebration we have come to enjoy. Like last year, the Missions Committee has chosen to have another mail/online giving campaign this year. If you would like to donate to one of these causes, you can download a shopping list click on the link below and mail a check to the church office.
You can also donate online at rhumc.org. In either case, please note on the memo line or the designated giving line that your gift is for Mission Fiesta Sunday. If you need gift cards to let someone know you have purchased a gift for them, let us know and we will mail them to you. If you need more information or would like to let us know how to apply your gift via email, please contact either Chris Campbell at firstname.lastname@example.org or Debra Shrader at email@example.com.
As always, many thanks for your generous hearts!
Heifer International works to end hunger and poverty in partnership with the communities it serves. Its programs support entrepreneurs around the world, creating lasting change from the ground up. It begins with a seed investment of livestock or agriculture, followed by mentorship to help project participants build a business, and ultimately to gain access to supply chains and markets. This allows these families to earn a living income and continuously lift up their communities as they train the next generation of leaders. By supporting and training the world’s farmers, ranchers, and female business owners, Heifer International is investing in a new breed of success. To learn more go to heifer.org
Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope. It partners with people in communities to help them build or improve a place they can call home. Habitat homeowners help build their own home alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage. Homeowners achieve the strength, stability and independence they need to build a better life for themselves and their families. To learn more go to habitatla.org
Red Bird Mission and its affiliated clinic have been providing ministries in the Appalachian Mountains since 1921. Today the need remains critical in this isolated, rural distressed area. Chronic poverty, lack of jobs, poor housing, and rugged mountainous terrain provide obstacles to a fuller life for the residents of this area. Red Bird strives to meet these needs through ministry in five areas: Education, Health and Wellness, Community Outreach, Economic Opportunity, and Community Housing Improvement. To learn more, go to rbmission.org
John Elmore has spent the last two decades in Chile where he and his wife, Maria Cristina Hurtado, are currently affiliated with the Methodist Agricultural School for Mapuche Indians. For his final three years of missionary service, John will be refurbishing and revitalizing the Methodist camp “El Bosque” in El Vergel, Angol, Chile. In addition to their missionary work, John and Cristina teach Sunday school and are deeply involved in the music ministry of the Villa Emmaus Methodist Church. To learn more about John’s upcoming work, go to youtube.com/watch?v=QRw9bDEM5J4
The Rev. Claudia Genung –Yamamoto is a pastor at Kobe Union Church in Kobe, Japan, where she is primarily involved in the ministries of community outreach and church development. Kobe Union Church has a diverse congregation filled with Japanese, Filipinos, Africans (from Ghana, Tanzania, Congo, Guinea), Malaysians, Chinese, Korean Japanese, Jamaicans, Europeans, and a few Americans. In her words, ‘“As a pastor, I do pastoral care, preaching, designing worship services (now on-line), counseling, Bible studies (on-line), prayer meetings (on-line), children’s ministry (on-line), ministering with women, homeless ministry with other churches and networking with the local community. Kobe Union Church also has mission partners such as Asian Rural Institute and Kagawa Center’s Tengokuya Café. My gifts are in networking and connecting – I connect people to people, people to resources, and people to God.” For more information about Claudia’s work, go to https://advance.umcmission.org/p-1486-genung-yamamoto-claudia.aspx
Katherine T. Parker has served in Nepal since 2013, where her work is focused in three areas: 1) Adolescent empowerment, including sexual reproductive health and rights and menstrual hygiene; 2) Maternal and child health; and 3) Water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH). She is currently engaged in a project with school- and church-based youth and mother’s groups in three remote villages in western Nepal. You can learn more about Katherine’s work at https://advance.umcmission.org/p-1547-parker-katherine.aspx