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Projects done in India by congregations that received Mission Match® funds

February 2013

Congregation in Ohio contributes funds for the care and support of poor and orphaned children at a school in India.   (click to open/close)

   A United Methodist Church congregation in Ohio received a Mission Match matching contribution to help fund support to a children's school in India. According to the Mission Match application and cover letter, the congregation wanted "to contribute to the care of children at [the school] in Arunachal Pradesh State, India [in order to] provide support for children who are poor and some who are orphaned. Food, medicine, etc., will be provided to [the school]." Additional application material stated, "We look forward to working ... in support of Christ's call to go to the corners of the world."
   Follow-up comments from the congregation stated, "The goal was to help provide for the needs of others, children in particular. We also wanted to bring attention to global/international missions. Our congregation, led by the pastor and lay people, has been a giving congregation. ... The evidence of growth in giving will be in 2013 and the following years. If this effort is made again we can better emphasize denying ourselves something in order to give."

February 2009

Congregation in Indiana funds church building in India   (click to open/close)

A Free Methodist church congregation in Indiana provided financial resources to build a church and parsonage in a rural area of India. According to the congregation's Mission Match application materials, the Indiana congregation was already in a building program for their own church, and said, "We are a small congregation but know we serve a God who is able to do more than we can ever ask or imagine. This is going to be a faith builder for all of us. We know God will honor our efforts as we focus on others while we have needs of our own." In follow-up comments to Mission Match the pastor said, "Our goal was to raise $10,000 to construct a church in India while building our facility in Indiana. We were able to begin construction on the church in India. The Mission Match helped us see that God can take what we offer Him and multiply what we give when we give sacrificially. People have been amazed. God is building our faith to attempt great things for Him."

January - February 2007

Congregations in Illinois and Indiana help with hospital construction in India   (click to open/close)

Two Free Methodist churches, one in Illinois and the other in Indiana, helped send an international team of 5 bicycle riders and 2 support persons to India. According to materials sent with the congregations' Mission Match applications, they "traveled 2,000 miles over 6 weeks from the tip of India to New Delhi in January-February 2007 to raise financial support for the rebuilding of a Christian hospital and to raise awareness in both the United States and in India of the ministry of this Christian hospital." According to materials from the churches, "this Christian hospital was founded in 1951 by the Free Methodist Church to meet the needs of the poor rural population in central India. It provides primary medicine, obstetrics, surgery, pharmacy, and radiology. Areas of special attention are tuberculosis, AIDS, and malaria. Other ministries also developed from the work of the hospital such as a community health service coordinated by local churches, and a nursing school certified by the state. The nursing school has particularly helped young women from poor, lower class families to acquire skills. There is a boarding school on the hospital campus established for boys from tribal families to provide nurture and education for these children who would otherwise not have an opportunity for education." Materials from the churches describing the purpose of the fundraising bike trip stated that, "the hospital provides a large amount of charity care. It had become increasingly difficult to provide funding for capital improvements. Most of the infrastructure of the hospital was built in the 1920s and was deteriorating rapidly. The time had come to rebuild the hospital." In follow-up comments to Mission Match from one church, "The Bicycle India 2007 project was a great success. Bicycling 2000 miles from the tip of India to New Delhi went well with no injuries or major illness. We praise the Lord for His protection." Comments from the second church stated, "The goal of our project was to assist in the ongoing work and development of the Christian hospital in India. This goal is being accomplished as the Christian hospital is currently serving the people in its region in India."