Global Missions Projects
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.
Salary Support for Missionary Gaston Ntambo
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.
Girls Dormitory at Women’s Leadership Training Center in Monrovia Liberia
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 been integral in the completion of the project. The dormitory was dedicated in 2017.
Clean Water, Health Nicaraguans- El Porvenir Water Development Project
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.