Our monthly mission is “Yanko” (Answer), ZOE Empowerment Group in Malawi Africa: 35 households headed by orphaned or vulnerable children aged 14-21 & their younger siblings. We are helping them move beyond poverty to be self-supporting through a Bethesda Endowment grant last year and individual donations. Funds for years 2-3 of the 3 year program are to be raised by the church.
WAYS YOU CAN BE INVOLVED
1. Stop at the Mission Table in the Vestibule of the Sanctuary as you enter/exit worship.
2. Learn more about ZOE’s holistic approach at their website. ZOE is a nonprofit ministry birthed out of the NC Conference of the United Methodist Church in 2007, headquartered in Garner, NC. Watch videos on-line to hear more about ZOE and the children ZOE helps.
3. Read about the Yanko group of children, their names & ages, their circumstances & how ZOE helps them to become self-sufficient within the communities where they live.
4. Pray for the children. (Use the prayer card you get at the Mission Table when you donate to help support the Yanko group of children.)
5. Give financially to help ASUMC meet our partnership commitment. Those giving $10 or more may place a Valentine heart on the ZOE wreath at the Mission Table in the Vestibule and will receive a prayer card with a photo of the children and the names of children in one of the households in the group. (Checks payable to ASUMC, with ZOE in the memo line.)
6. Make plans to visit Malawi to meet the children. A ZOE trip to Malawi is planned for July 17 –25, 2019. Reservations & a $500 deposit are due March 10 (payable to ZOE Ministry) to hold your spot. Total trip cost is $1,290 (includes food, housing, in-country transportation & insurance), plus air (approximately $1,800). (Limited scholarship funds of $1,000 may be available.) For more information, contact Elena Ballam, ZOE travel coordinator (919-779-7272) or church member Nancy Van Antwerp,
Bethesda UMC Endowment
Thanks to the merger with Bethesda UMC we now have an Endowment Fund with annual earnings to give away to qualified uses. The use of the funds according to the Bethesda Endowment mandate is “for outreach ministries in the local church, community, and beyond the local community that extend beyond the annual operating budget and enable the church to extend its ministry of caring and serving.” Further interpretation of that mandate sets forth that these endowment funds are to be used as seed money for a new, emerging or enhanced/renewed mission/outreach within or beyond All Saints’ UMC. In allocating these funds, emphasis will be given to mission/outreach that extends beyond current mission projects. These endowment funds are not to take the place of annual budget funds for mission.
An Endowment Committee of 4 church members has been established to oversee the administration of these funds and to make a recommendation to the Church Council as to disbursement of these funds. Contact the Church Office for more information. (Grant application here).
Watch this video to see how All Saints' served in mission with Habitat for Humanity in 2016: