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April 2016

Congregation from Illinois supports a missionary doing Bible translation in Tanzania.   (click to open/close)

A United Methodist church from Illinois received its third Mission Match Matching Contribution. This time they wanted to support a missionary who works with Wycliffe Bible Translators in Tanzania, Africa. In her update, the missionary stated, "Most of the language groups we work with were oral societies, and did not have a written orthography (alphabet). Language assessment teams and linguists spend many years learning the language, identifying the sounds and creating a written alphabet, recording vocabulary, and studying how the grammar works ... As we get closer to the finished publications, there is more and more spiritual opposition." Later in her update, the missionary also stated, "I can’t help but think that every day we are delayed, how many fewer people will live to know?" She asks for specific prayer that God would continue to protect this work.

A member of the mission team at the church receiving the Matching Contribution commented about the effect of participation in Mission Match: "I feel that people are growing in their mission awareness and also in their giving. Working with R_(missionary) has given us the opportunity to know more about the global impact that we can have on bringing Christ to others." Additional comments were made by this member of the church's mission team, regarding the growing interest in missions within the congregation: "Our Mission Committee is looking at working with another mission in Africa. We are just starting to look but there is great interest in this type of mission work."

December 2015

Parish in Illinois provides funds for renovating maternity clinic in Kenya   (click to open/close)

A Roman Catholic parish in Illinois has received its first Mission Match® Matching Contribution. This Matching Contribution went towards helping one of their parishioners, a medical missionary who has been serving in Africa over the past 26 years. This parishioner and her team used the funds to renovate a Diocesan maternity clinic in Kenya. The priest from the parish in Illinois wrote, "Our community is deeply grateful to you for joining with us to help our sisters and brothers in need … Your generous matching gift will help bring Christ's healing touch to all the families who are served by the … Maternity Clinic."

According to the comments the parish passed on from Kenya, the renovation was a great success. "I have never seen a project run so smoothly and actually get done on time within the budget," the medical doctor in Kenya wrote."Am happy that our community has a place to get help on maternal services," wrote another team member.

Support documentation said the Kenyan Archdiocese has a goal of providing high quality health care service to all regardless of ethnicity, religious preference, race, or sex. The Archdiocese’s 19 clinics serve a population of over 3 million people.

October 2015

Congregation in Illinois helps build homes for families in El Salvador   (click to open/close)

    An Evangelical Lutheran Church in America congregation in Illinois received a Mission Match matching contribution to send a mission team of 8 individuals to El Salvador. The mission team worked with Habitat for Humanity to build homes for local families. In addition to building homes, another stated goal for this congregation was "for people of [church] to see how lucky we are to live in a country where we have so many things and to appreciate what we have. Also to see how we are able to help these people improve their lives in a very small way." A comment in the congregation’s mission bulletin states, "We all go to El Salvador to give people there the love and help needed in building homes, but to our surprise we come home with more than we have given."

    This was the fifth trip to El Salvador made by members of this congregation. Having been to the same area of El Salvador on previous mission trips, members of this congregation were able to reconnect with individuals with whom they worked and helped in the past. As stated in the congregation’s mission bulletin, "Relationships like the one with L___ (from U.S.) and L____(in El Salvador), who remember each other from the 2014 worksite at the church, are part of the lifelong witness we hope to have alongside the people of El Salvador."

    In addition to rekindling old friendships, new relationships were formed for members of the mission team. One team member was quoted in the congregation’s mission bulletin: "What I didn’t realize in the beginning of the week, was that we would have an opportunity to build relationships with the people in the neighborhood. Rainy weather gave us an opportunity to spend time with the ladies from a co-op that was formed in Getsemani (the neighborhood in Ahauchuapan where our Habitat house was being built). They cook, sew, make jewelry, etc. We purchased jewelry from them and they told us about the beads they used … These ladies showed us tremendous hospitality throughout the entire week."

    Follow-up comments stated: "The trips we have gone on have been supported 100% by our congregation in the gifts of money to support the trips but most of all in the stories we bring back to the people are very touching and the congregation is so interested in hearing the stories … This was a great experience for all 8 of us to see just how lucky we are to live in the USA and have so many of God’s gifts. Thank you empty tomb for your help."

September 2015

Congregation in Kentucky provides housing and food for widows and orphans, first aid training to women and church leaders, and holds conference on benefits of vegetable gardening.   (click to open/close)

A Southern Baptist Church congregation in Kentucky received its first Mission Match matching contribution to send 7 mission team members to Nairobi and Ahero, Kenya. As described in the Mission Match application, the congregation’s mission project included: “Build 2-3 houses for widows, basic 1st aid training to approx. 100 women and 100 church leaders, provide bulk food items for 200 widows and orphans, conference on how to benefit from small scale vegetable gardening, sharing the gospel in area public schools.”

According to the church’s follow up comments response, these goals were met. "I am confident that the promotional and fund raising activities before the trip raised mission awareness, as evidenced by the involvement and giving." Additional comments state, "the promise of matching funds really helped to motivate our people to give. The giving towards this mission project exceeded our expectations."