Of the giving to the general fund in 2007, $5,500 will help support the following projects selected by the Global Missions Committee. Giving beyond what is in the church budget (called second-mile giving) supports other projects such as Heifer International and the South African Soup Kitchen. Second-mile giving to global missions projects is consistently about $25,000/year.
Salary Support for Missionary Dee Dee Heffner - $1,250
Dee Dee is a missionary at McCurdy Ministries in Espanola, New Mexico, one of the poorest areas in the United States. McCurdy Ministries provides programs for students and families of McCurdy Charter School to help the students succeed in school and in life. The ministry includes chapel and devotional services, Project Carino (a mental health ministry), McCurdy Preschool, before and after school programs, and a Volunteers in Mission Program.
Dee Dee, a graduate of Otterbein College in Westerville, last visited Church of the Master in March 2013. Church of the Master is offering a mission trip to McCurdy in August 2013.
Salary Support for Missionary Gaston Ntambo - $1,000
Gaston is a missionary at Wings of the Morning Aviation Ministry in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Wings of the Morning operates in an area of Africa where 6 million people live with no roads for transportation. Hope comes in the form of an airplane flown by Gaston. He evacuates critically ill and injured villagers to health care facilities and flies in medical supplies, bibles, payrolls, pastors, and mission teams.
In 2012, the West Ohio Conference of the United Methodist Church raised over $1 million to help fund the purchase of a Cessna Caravan plane for the mission.
Girl's Dormitory at Women’s Leadership Training Center in Monrovia, Liberia - $2,500
The Women’s Leadership Training Center was founded for the purpose of educating women in skills that would help them become self-supporting, wage-earning citizens in post-war Liberia. Women suffered most from the war. Many lost their husbands and sons and lacked livelihood skills to generate income to support their children and dependents. They were therefore vulnerable to sexual abuse and exploitation, which exposed them to unwanted pregnancies, HIV/AIDS, and other STDs.
The lack of a dormitory was restricting the ability of poor and rural women to attend the Training Center. To address this, it was decided to construct a residential dormitory for the trainees. Construction of the dormitory has commenced, and the roof has been completed.
Through its operating budget, its fundraising efforts, and other gifts from congregants, Church of the Master has already raised over $25,000 towards completion of the dormitory. Princess Jusu, a missionary at the Training Center, is a former congregant of Church of the Master and will visit as part of an itineration in 2013.
Grace Children's Hospital and Pediatric Clinic - $1,000
Grace Children's Hospital cares for children and families suffering from tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS, and other chronic illnesses. As the poorest country in the Western hemisphere, approximately 80% of Haitians live on less than $1 per day. Grace Children's Hospital has always sought to serve every individual who came through its doors, regardless of his or her background, beliefs, or circumstances.
Clean Water, Healthy Nicaraguans - El Porvenir Water Development Project - $1000
Nicaragua is the second poorest country in the Western hemisphere. About 80% of the population lives in poverty, surviving on less than $2 per day. More than two-thirds of Nicaragua's rural communities lack access to clean drinking water. Globally, contaminated water is the second greatest cause of infant mortality. An estimated 1.8 million children die each year as a result of illnesses linked to consumption of polluted water.
El Porvenir improves the standard of living of people in Nicaragua through sustainable self-help water, sanitation and reforestation projects. El Porvenir provides technical expertise and training, lends tools, and funds the materials needed to complete the projects.
Church of the Master is planning a 2014 mission trip to El Porvenir in Nicaragua.