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Projects done in United States by congregations that received Mission Match® funds

Summer 2012

Congregation in Pennsylvania ministers to needy and hurting in Tennessee community   (click to open/close)

  A Brethren in Christ congregation in Pennsylvania received a fourth Mission Match matching contribution to help fund a mission project. This mission trip was in a community in Tennessee, USA. According to the cover letter of the application materials received from the congregation, "the church did not have much of a concept of mission work beyond a handful of projects done within the community." The pastor continued, "I am excited to see the work God has done in our hearts over the past five years, and this year we [traveled] to Tennessee to offer our gifts and services to a community stricken with poverty and drug use."
  According to the application materials from the congregation, "[This community in] Tennessee has the highest drug use per capita in the world. It is estimated that 90% of high school students use drugs. This trip [focused] on ministering to the community through service projects and offering a chance for children to hear the Gospel through a children's club."
  Additional comments in the application materials stated, "What a blessing and transformation we have seen among our congregation in giving toward mission work and time spent reaching out to those in our community, our nation, and our world. None of this would have happened without your [Mission Match] help."
  Follow-up information received from the congregation after the completion of the mission trip stated, "Our group traveled to Tennessee to serve the community there. We gathered with a number of other churches from across the country and worked in teams. One group held a children’s camp in the morning. This camp focused upon teaching the children sports and the Gospel. Many of the children come from troubled homes and were able to experience the love of God in their lives."
  "Other groups worked in construction. This included roof repair for those who were unable to afford such work, and repairs made to a church in the community." The congregation's comments continued, "We had a number of people who had not been on a [mission] trip before, and it was a challenging experience for them to see God in the lives of others. It was also a joy to connect with other churches and Christians from across the country, seeking the face of God. Without your [Mission Match] help we would not have been able to be the hands and feet of Jesus."


August 2011

Congregation in Pennsylvania shares the Gospel through compassion and work projects in Pennsylvania, USA.   (click to open/close)

   A Brethren in Christ congregation in Pennsylvania received a third Mission Match matching contribution to help fund a mission project. This one was in a city in Pennsylvania, USA. According to the application materials received from the congregation, the plan was to join with other "local churches to minister to the homeless and to do small work projects for those in need." Additional comments on the congregation’s application stated, "The last two years we have seen our mission giving grow. Now we are seeing a new crop of outreach minded people who want to serve God!"

   According to information received from the congregation, some of the pictures from the mission trip include "children gathering for club time and using chalk to write encouraging messages to those who passed by and children hearing stories about God’s love for them." Pictures also include "children making crafts that connected the Bible story, memory verse and their lives. These crafts were meant for children to take home and share with their families." Additional comments indicated, “a block party was held for those in the community. Over two hundred people showed up for face painting, games, food and community building.

   Upon completion of the mission trip, the church follow-up comments stated, "We were able to share the Gospel with children and adults throughout the city in Pennsylvania. Thank you for sharing this opportunity with us. We had an excellent experience. What a joy it was to watch a teenage girl share the Gospel with a child and teach that child to pray. What a joy it was to see God use the members of the team to do things they never thought they could do. The team’s growing trust in God has begun to spread to our congregation, encouraging others to step out in faith and trust God."


August 2010

Congregation in Wisconsin provides new pairs of shoes to needy children in their county   (click to open/close)

A Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) congregation in Wisconsin received its third Mission Match matching contribution to fund a local project for children in need. The project was entitled Soles for Souls and the application materials indicated that last year Mission Match made a wonderful impact on our ability to raise funds and encourage hands on mission. Mission Match application materials from the church stated, This has been very helpful in motivating our congregation to increase their giving to this mission project. According to the Mission Match Mission Spending Percentage Calculator from the church, total spending for the congregation, as a portion of total spending, was 18% annually the year before the first Mission Match matching contribution was received. Mission spending as a portion of total congregational spending increased to 20% annually in the year preceding this request. The Mission Match application from the church stated, Soles for Souls exists to provide a new pair of shoes for children in need at the beginning of each school year. In August 2009, over 1,100 needy children received a new pair of shoes. Additional application materials from the church stated that they feel strongly that this project is carried out in Jesus name. One only has to look at the faces of the recipients to know that they feel loved by Jesus. At our give-a-way this past summer one mother told us she thanks God for what we have done for her family. Follow-up comments received from the Ministry Facilitator stated, Our goal for the Soles for Souls mission project was to supply 1,300 shoe certificates to youth in pre-school through 9th grade. We are proud to announce that we will be able to supply the 1,300 shoe certificates, meeting our goal for 2010! We do feel God has blessed our efforts when challenging our members to a greater financial discipleship as we share Jesus love with a hurting world.


Summer 2009

Congregation in Michigan helps with construction in Michigan   (click to open/close)

A Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) in Michigan sent a team to work with another church at a Summer Work Camp Program in Michigan. The church applied for Mission Match matching funds to assist their youth with this summer work camp. According to the congregation's Mission Match application materials, seven youth and three leaders were to work with another Presbyterian church "on a new construction home for a needy family" in partnership with Habitat for Humanity in the area, "and clean and organize the Restore facilities." They also would have "the opportunity to host a dinner for some of the area partner families and go on a social outing with them." According to materials with the application, the youth "expressed a desire to be stretched beyond their comfort zones," this church is from "a very small rural town with very little racial diversity. The youth expressed a desire to work in an urban setting to express Christ's compassion in a tangible way to those living in poverty. They desired to work for a community in which they learned from and served brothers and sisters that are racially diverse." In follow-up comments to Mission Match from the church, not only did the "youth want to be stretched beyond their comfort zones, especially in the area of understanding urban poverty and racial inequality." Another goal was "to express Christ's love." According to the follow-up comments from the youth director, "I do believe that these goals were accomplished. It was a good experience for the congregation to support a mission trip through giving and the Mission Match, and not through fundraising."


September 2009

Congregation in Kansas upgrades a mission house in South Dakota   (click to open/close)

A Nazarene congregation in Kansas upgraded the parsonage at a Nazarene mission in South Dakota. According to the congregation's Mission Match application materials, the main goal of this mission work was to better equip the mission house for the resident missionaries by providing resources and labor. A new metal roof was purchased and put on the parsonage. A walkway was also installed from the house to the gate and the basement was finished for use as a guest room. According to follow-up comments from the congregation, "The job was a lesson in the way God works. We had planned to tear the old shingles off and lay the metal on the decking. However, when we got up Monday morning, the wind was blowing and it looked like rain. So, we formed up the walkway for cement, started on the basement, and put soffit on the porch that day. Tuesday, the wind was still blowing, so we decided to furrow out the roof, rather than to tear off the shingles, and to manhandle the metal. We were going to pour the cement on Wednesday, but when we called the cement plant Tuesday, they said they would be tied up then and wondered if they could bring the cement right away. We were ready and got the cement a day early!" The comments continued: "We prayed that the weather would change and, on Wednesday, we had just enough breeze to keep things cool but not to bother us while putting down the sheeting. Praise the Lord! Thursday, the wind blew again! If the cement had also come on Wednesday, we might not have been able to get the roof done. God has his time and way of doing things." In comments about the scope of this project for the congregation they said, "Our church has always been good about giving to missions. However, without Mission Match assistance, we would not have been able to take on a project of this magnitude. It changed how a couple of young men on the team will now view missions and giving to missions. They both came back extremely changed. In fact, they are planning another trip to the area to finish some smaller projects and to build some corrals."


August 2009

Congregation in Wisconsin provides new pairs of shoes to needy children in their county.   (click to open/close)

A Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) congregation in Wisconsin received a second Mission Match matching contribution to conduct an annual shoe giveaway. According to the congregation's Mission Match application materials, the project aims to provide a new pair of shoes at the beginning of each school year for every needy child (preschool 9th grade) in their county. In follow-up comments from the congregation, "People are amazed at what we can do!!! They are coming up with new ideas for mission."


June 2009

Congregation in Virginia distributes 40,000 pounds of sweet potatoes in Virginia   (click to open/close)

A Church of the Nazarene in Virginia distributed 40,000 pounds of sweet potatoes to the hungry in their area. Forty thousand pounds is 20 tons of potatoes! According to the Mission Match application materials from the congregation, the church planned on "working through various Life Groups of the church. Men, women and children will come together for a day of 'bagging' potatoes that will be used to stock the local church food pantry, be donated to area and regional food banks and be contributed to other ministries who are feeding the hungry." According to the church's Mission Match application, the congregation raised funds to "pay for the truck, driver and fuel to deliver the potatoes." According to additional materials from the church, approximately 100 volunteers were needed to bag the potatoes when received at the church. Comments in these materials indicated, "It's hard to believe that hunger is a problem in the United States, but there is a solutionfood! saving fresh produce that would otherwise go to waste! getting the food on the tables of those who need it most. fighting against hunger in America."


June 2009

Congregation in Pennsylvania builds homes and spreads the Gospel in West Virginia   (click to open/close)

A group of youth and adults from a congregation of the Brethren in Christ Church in Pennsylvania traveled to West Virginia "to bring hope to a struggling rural community," according to the congregation's Mission Match application materials. The goal, according to the application, was to build homes and spread the joy and love of Jesus Christ to people in the area. In follow-up comments from the church to Mission Match the pastor said, "We were able to build the Kingdom of God in West Virginia. This was wonderful for our congregation. In tough economic times we were able to turn their eyes to God who has a love for all people."


August 2008

Congregation in Wisconsin provides new pair of shoes to local children in need   (click to open/close)

A Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) congregation in Wisconsin provided a new pair of shoes to local children in need. According to the congregation's Mission Match application materials, they wanted to give a new pair of shoes to each child in their county school district. A follow-up report stated that they accomplished "giving out 1,100 pairs of shoes to children, who were from preschool to ninth grade age." According to the application materials, this is a yearly project for this church and the Mission Match opportunity "encouraged us to give above and beyond our pledges to change lives in our own community." In a church follow-up report from 2008, "This year we did not turn any children away and had more church members involved than in past years."


July 2008

Congregation in Indiana does construction work on a reservation in Arizona   (click to open/close)

A Christian church in Indiana sent a team of 16 participants, half youth and half adults, to minister at a reservation in Arizona. According to the congregation's Mission Match application materials, "the team will do construction or similar work on new housing and also work with a children's bus ministry." According to follow-up comments to Mission Match from the congregation, "The goal of this project was to expose our youth and sponsors to the work of other ministries outside our area and give them the opportunity and privilege to serve another culture in God's name. Mission Match encouraged our congregation at a point when it looked like we might not make our financial needs. After announcing the matching funds, many people gave generously people who have not supported missions to that extent. The whole congregation became aware of the needs of the reservation ministry and helped the team so they could work there."


May 2007

Congregation in Illinois provides dinner for low-income families in Illinois   (click to open/close)

A United Methodist church in Illinois started a monthly dinner ministry for low-income families in their community. In materials with the Mission Match application the church stated, "This new ministry is going to challenge us to trust God to provide the resources needed." The congregation's application materials stated, "The project targets our own school district where the poverty rate was almost 50% in 2006." The congregation provided the food, publicity, and kitchen supplies for this new ministry.


July 2006

Congregation in Indiana does construction work and gives help at a reservation in South Dakota   (click to open/close)

A United Methodist Church in Indiana sent a team to a reservation in South Dakota. According to the congregation's Mission Match application, the team did home repair, office work, day care, and helped in the cafeteria. The congregation helped provide the construction project materials, food, and rented a trailer that they used to deliver donated clothing and sports equipment. According to the church's Mission Match application, "This was a new endeavor for our church. It expanded our personal reach. This trip was removing us from our comfort zone. It should enhance our ability to witness to others in a different culture." Follow-up comments to Mission Match from the congregation stated, "The goal of our team was to share witness of the grace of Jesus through the demonstrative act of being a voluntary worker and sharing the gifts we received by cheerfully using our skills and money to repair homes and provide all the materials necessary to accomplish this."


January - May 2005

Congregation in Ohio starts new youth educational programs in Ohio   (click to open/close)

An Episcopal church in Ohio requested assistance with two new programs for low-income young women and men. The congregation's Mission Match application described the programs as focusing on "building self-esteem and decision-making skills with the goals of keeping the youth in school, preventing teen pregnancy, and enhancing career development strategies, all within the Christian perspective. No other similar programs were available in the community." According to the application, "This is a small congregation in an inner-city neighborhood. Our congregation is made up of community residents who have very limited financial resources. Reaching the teens in the neighborhood is very important to the congregation, so they committed to increase their personal giving in order to support these new programs." In follow-up comments to Mission Match the pastor indicated, "We are in the beginning stages of the programs, but we think we are seeing differences. Student's grades are improving slightly, behaviors in groups are improving, and there is less 'trashing' of others. The students are in the process of developing their own goals for self-development." In additional comments the pastor stated, "The Mission Match program challenged us to take on more responsibility. The response was fabulous. Over 90% of the active members gave toward our match. This project was phenomenal! We had people bringing in jars of coins! In a congregation made up largely of poor and working class people, the increased giving exceeded all expectations. It demonstrates the importance of reaching out to young people. We are newly energized and empowered."


February 2005

Congregation in Ohio rewires its church kitchen to aid in meal preparation for low-income people in Ohio   (click to open/close)

An Episcopal church in Ohio had been providing a meal the last Saturday of the month to those in need. According to the congregation's Mission Match application, the "congregation's primary mission is to serve the needy in our community on the last Saturday of the month when many run out of funds and food. Our Soups On program has been serving close to three hundred meals each month." According to information provided by the church, the poverty rate in the church's county had increased to 11.2% in two years. Since the church's electrical service was not adequate to handle the preparation of the meals, (the circuit breakers would blow when more than one outlet was being used) the congregation applied for money to help rewire their kitchen so they could continue the meals. In follow-up comments to Mission Match the church stated, "Because of your support of our program, our congregation has a better feeling that our efforts are being recognized as worthwhile. We thank Mission Match for assistance so that we can better serve the people who come for our dinners."


July 2003

Congregation in Indiana installs insulation board and adds vinyl siding to a house in Kentucky   (click to open/close)

A United Methodist Church in Indiana sent a team to Appalachia in Kentucky to a work camp. According to information provided by the congregation, the camp helps low-income people do things they are not able to do themselves such as painting, roof repair, fence mending, window repair, and other jobs. One specific project the congregation did while there was to hang insulation board and vinyl siding on an elderly man's home. A team member said, "When we arrived at the man's home, the building was tattered and dark. When we left, it was shiny and white. We demonstrated to another human being that God's love for him includes hope and a brighter tomorrow. We also felt blessed to have this opportunity." According to follow-up comments to Mission Match, "We are a small church. Mission Match program helped us to work according to the ability of our hearts rather than to the capacity of our purse."


Fall 2002

Congregation in Tennessee holds a Kids program for low-income children in Tennessee   (click to open/close)

A Southern Baptist church in Tennessee received a Mission Match matching contribution to support their Saturday's Kids program. According to the Mission Match application, the church is "strategically located to inner city housing complex." They teamed up with another inner city church's "bus ministry to reach as many children in that area as possible in the name of Jesus." The application indicated that the children, ages 6-12, participated in activities and were given the opportunity to claim Jesus as Savior and be baptized. According to Mission Match follow-up comments, the church "was searching for a way to make a difference in the lives of inner-city children and perhaps change the future of our community. Most of them live in a single-parent family with little or no religious experience. Our solution was to start Saturday's Kids. After visiting in homes of children and arranging for them to ride our bus and receiving permission to baptize those who receive Christ as Savior, in 2002 three hundred twelve children were baptized by two local churches." Other sources of financial support came from Baptist organizations and individuals. "However, one of the most delightful and helpful gifts came through Mission Match. It was delightful because it inspired several members of our congregation to become active financial supporters of Saturday's Kids. It was helpful because it helped us minister to an enrollment of about 800 African-American children who otherwise might grow up without an opportunity to become a Christian."