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Projects done by churches in Indiana that received Mission Match® funds

September 2016

Congregation in Indiana sends a team to Haiti to work on a construction project, feed hungry children, and provide medical/dental assistance.   (click to open/close)



A non-denominational congregation from Indiana received its second Mission Match Matching Contribution to send a team to Haiti to work with a Christian agency there. The team worked on a construction project to build a girls' orphanage. Although the team did not see the project through to completion, several of the team members plan to return this winter to continue the construction. Other members of the team provided rice and beans to local children, many of whom get only one or no meals each day. The team also provided medical and dental services. A response from the congregation’s follow-up comments stated:

"Our team averaged 150 patients a day in the medical clinic (with a high of 195 on the last day) and 100 patients a day in the dental clinic. We saw some very ill people - some we were able to heal (in Jesus' name) and some we were only able to comfort. We prayed with many of them!"

Additional follow-up comments were, "Our goal at [church] is to get people thinking globally. If they don’t feel called to go on mission trips, then financially support those who do feel called."

The congregation's initial application letter stated, "We are very excited that more people are interested in going to Haiti this year. It is our desire to eventually have teams going on international trips several times a year." On this mission trip, there were new members on the team, for whom this was their first mission trip. Follow-up comments stated, "They both said that the trip was life-changing, and they plan to return to Haiti next year!"


August 2016

A Missionary church in Indiana sends a team of youth to Mexico to help build a house for a family in need.   (click to open/close)






An Indiana congregation sent a teen mission team to partner with a local helping agency in Mexico, helping build a home for a family in need. The family consisted of a woman, her daughter and son-in-law, and their four girls.

The mission team also distributed food to families and provided toys to a local daycare. As stated in their follow-up comments, the mission team members strived to "show the love of Christ to those we came in contact with."


When asked about how Mission Match helped the congregation in their mission giving and awareness, the response from the youth pastor was, "I believe it [Mission Match] did help spur our congregation to more missional giving. I heard from many people who were excited about our upcoming trip, then we shared when we returned and the same people were asking about when we would be going again!"





June 2016

Congregation in Indiana provides help in building a home for a pastor and his family, visit homes near the site to distribute food, Bibles and pray with those in need.   (click to open/close)



A Southern Baptist Church congregation in Indiana received its first Mission Match Matching Contribution for a team trip to Nicaragua. They planned to build a house for a local pastor, and reach out into the community.


Some years ago, the mission agency coordinating the trip asked this same pastor if he wanted a new home, since rain poured in his roof. At that time, the pastor said he would prefer Sunday school classrooms so the children could gather. The agency built the classrooms back then.


Now, the mission agency wanted help building the pastor in Nicaragua a home. That’s where the Indiana congregation came in. The mission team spent one week building the new home, as well as, going door-to-door distributing food, Bibles and praying with those in need. They also invited the local people to attend a nearby church.











September 2015

Congregation in Indiana sends team to Haiti to provide help in building shelter for a girls’ orphanage and distribute food to children.   (click to open/close)


A non-denominational church in Indiana received a Mission Match Matching Contribution to send five church members to go on a mission trip to Haiti with a Christian relief ministry. The follow-up report stated: "The trip was originally supposed to be a medical/dental mission … God put together a different team than was expected. We had many construction/builders so some of the team worked on a girls' orphanage to provide shelter for children while others fed beans/rice to hungry children."

Additional follow-up comments were: "The trip was a HUGE success! … The team came back passionate about missions with plans to go back to Haiti as soon as possible. They are 'whetting the appetite' of their church family … in hopes of recruiting more people for mission work. None of this would have been possible without your help!"


September 2015

Congregation from Indiana sends mission team to Haiti to teach, and build, and love.   (click to open/close)


A Southern Baptist church in Indiana received its first Mission Match Matching Contribution to send church members on a mission trip to Haiti. While there, the team ran Bible schools and provided nourishment for children, helped finish construction on a hospital bathroom, and completed the plumbing and wiring for a girls’ transitional housing project.

The follow-up report stated: "empty tomb Mission Match was such a huge blessing. It afforded life changing work in the hearts and lives of all who participated. The team will be forever challenged to do more than ever!" The congregation "dug deep and gave from their hearts" in order to collect the monies needed to provide food for the extended village they were hosted by. Additional follow-up comments were: "As a result of this trip, a total of 17 people have committed to sponsoring 20 children." The team wants to return to Haiti in 2016.




July 2014

Congregation in Indiana provides funds to help a mission team build a house for a homeless family, do a VBS program and distribute food to the hungry in Mexico   (click to open/close)

A Missionary Church congregation in Indiana received a third Mission Match matching contribution to help fund a teen and adult mission trip to Mexico. According to the Mission Match application and cover letter, “We would love for you to help us raise new funds from our congregation to go toward this mission trip. We will have a special offering to encourage people to give above and beyond their normal tithe, and … knowing their contribution would be matched would only help make them willing to give!”
According to the Mission Match application materials, “We will be building a house for a family in need. We will also be handing out food, water and clothes to many people who are working/living in a landfill. We will be putting on a Vacation Bible School for some of the kids in the area, and sharing the Gospel with those we are serving. We will help supply a daycare food pantry with food and water to give to kids and their families who do not have their basic needs met.”
According to follow-up comments from the congregation, “Our goal was to go to Mexico and meet physical needs of some of the people who live there, and after meeting the physical needs, to share the love of Christ with them. We did accomplish that goal! God’s name was glorified!”
In response to how Mission Match helped the congregation grow in their mission giving and awareness, the follow-up comments from the congregation stated, “… knowing that their contributions would be matched encouraged people to give who normally wouldn’t have given. Then upon hearing the mission team share what God did, they will be encouraged about what God did with their gift. This is an incredible program that allowed us to have a much greater impact than we could have had on our own. Thank you.”


July 2014

Congregation sends mission team to work on improvements to community center and medical center in Belize   (click to open/close)

A United Methodist Church in Indiana received a Mission Match matching contribution to help revitalize the church mission spirit and to send a mission team to Belize. The mission team worked on improvements to the community center and the medical center in partnership with Christian Service International (CSI Ministries).
According to Mission Match application materials from the congregation, “We are attempting to revitalize our church mission spirit. We have made some short trips during the past year, and are undertaking a giant step of sending a small team of 7 to 9 to a mission in Belize. We will use the matching funds to help fund the trip for our team and for supplies. … It is hoped that this small starter group can find an energy to expand our mission outreach and to make Christ centered missions more a part of our conscious giving.”
The Mission Match application materials also stated, “While on the ground in Belize we will be making physical improvements to the community center and to a medical center. The community center is a gathering place and a major source of the outreach that CSI uses to develop relationships. One of the other projects may include constructing bleachers for outdoor basketball courts, another strong point of contact for the CSI missionaries.”
Follow-up comments from a mission team member in the form of a story stated, “The … church in Belize is a small church in a relatively rough neighborhood. … By American standards the church building is closer to a shack than a church, but by Belizean standards it is well above average. … The church yard is flanked by two concrete block walls. The one on the right is brightly painted with a colorful Bible verse running it’s roughly 100 ft. length. The wall on the left is bare concrete blocks and topped with razor wire to keep kids form climbing it.
“At the front of the yard stands a brightly painted picket fence with one picket missing. … We enter the church and find it clean and in good condition. We are not here more than 5 minutes before the first young girls arrive, … around 5 years old or younger. … They just want to be loved and played with. … It’s not long before a young girl walks up to me and says, ‘Bop me.’ Bop me … means more than just pick me up. I swing her side to side and she lays her head back. She just giggles as she is swung. … The next thing I know we are taking our ‘selfie’ and she’s taking photos of everyone in the yard. Every photo needs to be looked at so we look at it and show the person we photographed. … Almost everyone on our team is playing with or talking to a child. Finally, … we get ready to leave. It is time for last hugs. As we leave the ladies sing ‘Jesus Loves Me” with the children. Sitting in a 2nd story porch watching and listening is a man who just minutes before was cursing his children.
“We arrive about 8:30 am … to beat the heat. When we return there is far more trash than before. … [Team members] started picking up trash while the rest of the team starts painting the wall. It goes quickly … the yard is clean and the wall is painted.
“Our afternoon plans change, which has been a common theme for this trip. Rather than sit and do nothing we return to [the church] to paint ‘Jesus Loves Me’ on the wall. It turns out to be one of the biggest blessings of the trip. … It is 2:30 pm, and school is out for the day, and as [our] van starts to pull up to the church, the kids know what is happening. A few of them chase the van down the road. [One] runs through the gate with his arms wide open and hugs the first person he comes to …
“We spend another hour or so hugging, bopping, twirling, playing with and loving the kids. We once again make our exit to the van, saying goodbyes and giving final hugs.
“The rest of the trip gave me time to think. If you are like me, you wonder if you’d be a better steward of God’s gifts simply by sending money to places like Belize … I cannot give you an answer, but I know that you can not put hugs, bops, and laughter in an envelope, and that as Christians we are called to GO!”


June 2012

Congregation in Indiana works with missionaries currently in Brazil, using drama, prayer walks, VBS, and testimonies.   (click to open/close)

   A Missionary Church congregation in Indiana received a second Mission Match matching contribution, this time to help fund a mission trip to Sao Paulo, Brazil. According to the Mission Match application and cover letter, they “chose to go to Brazil because we have a family from our church that has served there as missionaries for over ten years. We will be going to Brazil through [the organization] STORME.” The application materials also indicated “spiritual and personal growth takes place when you take teenagers on an international mission trip. We have seen God move in amazing ways while on these trips.”
   Mission Match application materials from the congregation indicated the mission team included many teens and the church’s goals included helping “teens see our missionaries in action” and “learn to share their faith in practical ways through testimony, hard work and prayer.” The application materials also indicated other goals such as, “give our teens a ‘first-hand experience’ of what life is like for the rest of the world; build unity among the teens and the adults to influence life change; share the gospel to unsaved Brazilians; and learn to work as a team.”
   Additional goals stated in the Mission Match application materials for the mission team included “challenge them to rethink their way of life and plans for the future; think how to transfer what they learned back into their own culture -- strengthen missions awareness in their church, impact their friends, etc.” The materials also stated goals of “lovingly and intelligently push them out of their comfort zone forcing them to rely on the Lord in a new way; revolutionize their view of how missionaries look what they do, and how God treats them; effect lasting change in their personal relationships with God; build a new awareness of God’s love and power through their exposure to God’s work in the Brazilian Christians’ lives; and offer them practical ways to maintain an exciting personal walk with God upon their return to the US based on lessons learned.”
   Follow-up comments from the congregation included with the photos showed the group from the church “right when we got back. God was so good on this trip.” Photos also showed the group performing a dramatic skit for the Brazilian church and “one of our teens sharing her testimony at [a school] run by Compassion International in Sao Paulo, Brazil.” Another photo comment stated, “We had work day to help the church in their construction project. We moved a lot of rubble, sand, gravel and wood to clear room.” Comments also included, “Our goal was to be used by God to impact the people of Sao Paulo, Brazil and to be changed ourselves by His love and grace! Through the sharing of our testimonies and dramas 87 teens and children prayed to accept Jesus into their hearts. We also had one lady at the church we served at accept Christ. All of us were drawn closer to God in being used by Him to help changes lives. We all came back excited to see God move in and through us.”
   Additional follow-up comments from the congregation indicated eyes were “opened to the need of God’s love in the world around us … [and] … the best way to reach people for Jesus is to have personal contact on the ground in those countries through relationships and human contact. This trip changed the lives of all who went on the trip. We will never forget what God did through us and the blessing of being His tool.”


March 2012

Congregation in Indiana serves with sister church in Brazil doing leadership training, discipleship classes, spiritual and Biblical training, evangelism, witnessing, children/teen/young adult discipling   (click to open/close)

  A Southern Baptist congregation in Indiana received a Mission Match matching contribution to help fund a mission trip to Cuiaba, Brazil. According to the congregation's Mission Match application, the mission team planned to work with "a [local Brazilian] church providing church leadership training; discipleship classes; spiritual and Biblical training; evangelism; personal, one-on-one witnessing and sharing classes; Bible story/fun time with children; teen and young adult discipling."
  The mission team of the pastor and three other individuals reported in follow-up comments received at Mission Match that "our goal was to work specifically with the [local church] in Brazil. We taught all age groups various Bible stories and lessons and conducted daily evening church worship services. The theme for this trip was Jesus Christ being the center of our lives and all of us are to 'fish' for souls for the Kingdom of God."
  "The week was filled with various ministry opportunities. [Team members] spent many hours teaching youth and children Bible stories, games and the love of Jesus. On the last day there was nothing scheduled for those kids, but they all showed up and pleaded for our leaders to teach more. [Team members] were more than willing to provide yet another time of teaching Jesus Christ."
  Additional comments from a team member stated, "[A team member] led a marriage conference class early on a Sunday morning. When the session began there were 104 in attendance, including a young couple who had just gotten married the evening before! In addition, three couples were there who had just gotten saved during Bible Study meetings held in homes days before. God was in that service and many marriages were strengthened and encouraged."
  "[The pastor] led several midnight Bible studies called 'Bible in Hand, Ball on Foot.' These were held on a cement soccer field, where many young men who are on the streets come and 'hang out.' Well over 100 were presented with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Pastor even scored a goal during one of the soccer games!"
  "[The pastor] preached nightly revival services at the church. With the help of an interpreter God’s messages were made clear and understandable. After traveling 12,700 miles, working for 10 days, and speaking at 22 various settings, to approximately 1,200 people, 11 people repented to receive Jesus as Savior, and 17 others made personal decisions of rededication to Christ."
  According to follow-up comments from the congregation, our "church almost immediately caught the enthusiasm and reached their goal … very quickly. In fact, the church went way beyond their goal. Through this effort the church grew in the sense that they all became a part of the trip even though they did not all go. It was a great partnership!" Additional comments from the congregation stated, "Thank you for believing in us … Thank you for your part in building and increasing God’s kingdom in Brazil. Many people there are now encouraged and uplifted and will carry on the work!"


July 2010

Congregation in Indiana conducts a prayer and renewal retreat in Mexico   (click to open/close)

A Southern Baptist congregation in Indiana received a second Mission Match matching contribution to fund a Prayer and Renewal Retreat in Mexico. According to the Mission Match Mission Spending Percentage Calculator from the church, total mission spending for the congregation, as a portion of total spending, was 11.7% in the year before the Mission Match matching contribution was received. Mission spending as a portion of total congregational spending increased to 14.1% in the year the first Mission Match matching contribution was received. The congregation's application materials indicated they anticipate a further increase to 16.2% in mission spending during the year the second matching contribution was received. The Mission Match application materials from the church stated, This mission trip project is designed to be a time of worship, prayer and renewal for missionaries serving on the field in Mexico. We will also be hosting a Vacation Bible School for missionary kids. Follow-up comments from a team member stated, Our goal was to provide an atmosphere of prayer and renewal for missionaries, and a quality VBS for missionary kids. I believe we were successful because of the obvious enthusiasm and participation of the kids. And the repeated expressions of gratitude from the missionaries. Further follow-up comments stated, Because Mission Match's emphasis is on second mile or extra giving, we promoted the fund raising efforts from that perspective, and our congregation got it. Awareness increased because our team members consistently promoted the trip and the opportunity for matching funds from Mission Match. Because of the increased giving and matching funds, we did not have to ask volunteers for extra money to meet the expenses of VBS and related activities. It is really huge when volunteers are willing to pay their own way. What a blessing to be able to help with unexpected expenses, as well as those we knew about in advance. Thank you! Follow-up comments from one church family stated, we personally thank you for your help with our mission trip. We would not have been able to go and serve with the missionary families without your generosity. This was our first family mission trip and the first time that three of the five of us have been out of the country. It blessed us far more than it blessed the people we were ministering to.


March 2010

Congregation in Indiana delivers and installs water purification system, builds a house, conducts medical clinics and more in Kenya, Africa   (click to open/close)

A Southern Baptist congregation in Indiana received a second Mission Match matching contribution to fund a mission trip to Kenya, Africa. According to the Mission Match Mission Spending Percentage Calculator from the church, total mission spending for the congregation, as a portion of total spending, was 11% annually in the year before the Mission Match matching contribution was received. Mission spending as a portion of total congregational spending increased to 30% annually in the year the first Mission Match matching contribution was received. The pastor commented on the Spending Calculator, Thanks for your help. You are really assisting us to catch a vision for world missions. The Mission Match application materials for the second application from the church stated, Thank you for your support for our mission trip last year. We were surprised to see the report from our trip on your web page! Thank you for using our report to encourage others in their mission efforts. We feel there is so much more we can do to help the folks we met last year. The materials continued, We will take a water purification system and install it in one of the local villages, conduct dental and first aid clinics, build a house, and distribute Bibles. Our pastor hopes to conduct a pastoral training event for local pastors. The church pastor wrote in supporting application materials, Last years trip was truly amazing, and we are praying that we will be allowed to build on that this year. In materials distributed to the Indiana church members it stated, What a great opportunity to double your impact in a very needy area! Following completion of the mission trip the pastors follow-up comments to Mission Match stated, The water purification system was delivered and six additional men were trained on its use. We also checked up on the water system delivered last year. Water tanks were installed in three locations. Two houses were built for widows. 121 people were treated at the dental clinic. 26 churches received first aid kits and training. The pastors and wives conference was attended by 30 pastors, 30 wives and 50 children. 300 New Testaments were distributed, plus a lot of other good stuff. The Indiana pastor also stated in his follow-up Mission Match comments, I am hoping that the reports of all the many ways that the Lord used our small efforts to bless people and build His kingdom will encourage our congregation to be more interested and involved in world missions.


July - August 2009

Two congregations in Indiana hold a retreat in Mexico   (click to open/close)

Two Southern Baptist congregations in Indiana provided funds to assist with a Prayer and Renewal Retreat in Mexico. The congregations' Mission Match application materials indicated the funds were to be used to purchase materials necessary for a Vacation Bible School and worship materials and team members were to help lead activities and teach the children. They also were to help lead worship times for the adults. Application materials from one congregation indicated approximately 100 missionaries and their families from Central America planned to attend this retreat. According to application materials from one congregation, "This is an opportunity for volunteers from our church to be involved in 'hands-on' ministry to missionaries and to experience short-term service in a foreign country." According to follow-up comments from one congregation, "Judging by the response of the missionaries, our mission was a huge success. They expressed thanks verbally while we were there, and have already begun sending e-mails stating how much they appreciated what we did, and inviting us to come back and work with them." Follow-up comments from the second church to Mission Match indicated, "Our goal was to bring renewal and refreshing (by God's power) to all the regional leaders and all the missionaries. We believe this goal was accomplished, again through the power of God, as evident not only by verbal expressions from the missionaries themselves, but also by a great movement of God in our final worship session with each other. The service lasted over four hours as missionary after missionary came forward and shared the real struggles they were dealing with! The service never really ended, but the conclusion of our time was with everyone gathering to the front in a time of rejoicing and prayer! God truly moved and brought a great time of renewal, not just in the missionaries' lives, but in our lives as the worship leaders as well. Thank you Mission Match and empty tomb for your help and prayers!" One congregation commented in Mission Match follow-up reports, "Our congregation gave enthusiastically, over and above their tithes and other mission offerings. Mission Match made it possible for two members of our church to participate in this trip. Without the increased giving and matching funds, it is doubtful they could have gone." The second congregation stated in follow-up comments, "We are a small congregation with limited resources, but have always had a huge heart for missions. We believe this will lead us into doing a complete mission team trip from our church next year!"


March 2009

Congregation in Indiana provides health intervention in Kenya   (click to open/close)

A Southern Baptist congregation from Indiana sent a team of 7 to Kenya, Africa. "We will deliver a portable water purification system and execute four medical/first aid clinics for adults and children in order to reduce the occurrence of water-borne and hygiene-related illness in villages around Kenya," according to the congregation's Mission Match application. The application materials also said, "We want to take a water purification system and train local people on its operation, conduct Bible studies, and health clinics, provide some assistance with everyday needs such as clothing, and do some sports clinics with the kids." In a follow-up Mission Match report the church stated that the installation was completed and two local men were trained to maintain and operate the system. In an effort to reduce the occurrence of water-borne and hygiene-related illness, several medical and first aid clinics were conducted. The report continues, "There were 23 local Kenyan churches represented at the first aid trainings and each church received a first aid kit. 430 children were given oral hygiene training and toothbrushes; 54 people received free dental treatment. Bibles and tracts, as well as over 2,000 pounds of grain were given to the local people. A house was built for a widow with 7 children and a house rebuilt for a family where the roof had collapsed. Much needed supplies were also delivered to a local orphanage." The follow-up report continued, "The Mission Match funds really encouraged the people of our congregation to see greater possibilities for this project. There even seems to be substantial support for follow-up work and perhaps another mission trip."


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."


July 2008

Congregation in Indiana runs a Vacation Bible School and service projects in Mexico   (click to open/close)

A Missionary Church in Indiana sent a group of youth and adults on a mission trip to Mexico. According to the congregation's Mission Match application materials, "The purpose of the trip is three-fold: 1) to allow God to work in our lives through personal enrichment that comes from this type of missions trip; 2) to serve humanity where it needs the love of Christ to come in a tangible and physical way; and 3) through various types of ministry such as prayer walks, nonverbal dramas, service projects and Vacation Bible School. Our prayer is that God may open their eyes and hearts to the message of Jesus." In the church's follow-up report to Mission Match the youth pastor stated, "My hope as a youth pastor is that the teens going on the trip will be drawn closer in their relationships with God. The congregation has seen the importance of these trips and how they can change lives and experience true life-change."


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."


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."


Fall 2006

Congregation in Indiana provides educational books delivered to children in Jordan   (click to open/close)

A Free Methodist church in Indiana sent an individual to Jordan to distribute books in Jesus' name. According to the congregation's Mission Match application materials, "violence, poverty, and other undesirable conditions dominate lives of the children" located in Jordan's refugee camps. According to the church's application, this church provided "My Arabic Library for the orphanages and refugee camps of Jordan. This is an educational project developed to encourage a love of reading and learning in children across the Arabic-speaking world by providing a great variety of high-interest books. A good education can provide these children with the skills they need to have a better future." In addition to bringing the books, the mission team volunteered in the orphanages and worked with kids doing recreational activities and assisting in classrooms. According to Mission Match follow-up comments from the church, "we purchased and delivered four sets of the Arabic library books. With Mission Match our congregation was able to expand their giving."


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."


Spring 2005

Congregation in Indiana assists in hurricane recovery in Jamaica   (click to open/close)

A Christian Church/Church of Christ congregation in Indiana sent a team to Jamaica to help recovery from the damage of Hurricane Ivan, helping with repairs to a Christian ministry there. According to the congregation's Mission Match application materials, the goal of the church "was to make our congregation more aware of the mission in Jamaica, what they are doing and how our funds help. We also wanted to get people involved in missions by giving to missions over and above their regular tithe." In follow-up comments to Mission Match the church stated, "Mission Match has helped our congregation in their mission giving because we have highlighted specific missions and their needs. Mission Match has helped us to involve our congregation in new ways. Our church's mission giving has increased and people have taken more interest in missions in the USA and abroad."


September 2002 - 2005

Congregation in Indiana sends team to Haiti to provide help in building shelter for a girls’ orphanage and distribute food to children.   (click to open/close)



A non-denominational church in Indiana received a Mission Match Matching Contribution to send five church members to go on a mission trip to Haiti with a Christian relief ministry. The follow-up report stated: "The trip was originally supposed to be a medical/dental mission … God put together a different team than was expected. We had many construction/builders so some of the team worked on a girls’ orphanage to provide shelter for children while others fed beans/rice to hungry children."

Additional follow-up comments were: "The trip was a HUGE success! … The team came back passionate about missions with plans to go back to Haiti as soon as possible. They are whetting the appetite of their church family … in hopes of recruiting more people for mission work. None of this would have been possible without your help!"


July - August 2005

Congregation in Indiana does home construction and Kids Club in Mexico   (click to open/close)

A United Methodist church in Indiana sent a team of 17 youth and adults to Mexico. According to follow-up comments to Mission Match from the congregation, "they helped lead a Kids Club for 200 children with games, crafts, skits, songs, and lessons. In addition to the supplies used for the Kids Club, the church bought lumber, paint, and hardware for home improvement projects. They finished construction on a house and built two showers." According to materials from the church "the goal of our mission project was to give our youth an opportunity to serve people from another country and culture. It is our desire to model servanthood and teach our youth to see needs and meet them without expecting something in return." Additional comments after the completion of the project state, "Mission Match funds ended up being about 10% or our total funds needed. Receiving the match encouraged us toward giving. Many people have given exceedingly more than usual. We have all been challenged and blessed as we watch God work miracles in our midst."


July 2004

Congregation in Indiana builds a kitchen in an orphanage in Honduras   (click to open/close)

A Free Methodist church in Indiana sent a team to Honduras to finish an orphanage's new kitchen facilities. According to Mission Match application materials from the congregation, "We are helping to stop children from starving in this poor country." The materials indicated "the orphanage only has one hot plate that they are using to prepare meals for ten children. With the addition of a completed kitchen they would be able to house and feed thirty children." The congregation provided labor, equipment, and supplies for the project. Comments to Mission Match from the congregation said, "We really do appreciate what you are doing to help the Kingdom of God go forward, especially as we reach out to hurting children."


June 2004

Congregation in Indiana builds shelter house and installs water system in Mexico   (click to open/close)

A team of fourteen teens and seven adults from a Free Methodist Church in Indiana traveled to Mexico and provided funds to build a shelter house and install a new water system. According to the congregation's materials, they also held a Vacation Bible School. In follow up comments to Mission Match the Youth Pastor wrote, "God miraculously stretched the money much further than we ever anticipated! And it enabled our teens to do so much more work in the course of our week than we could have otherwise."


January 2004

Congregation in Indiana helps rebuild church in Chile   (click to open/close)

A Free Methodist Church congregation from Indiana applied to Mission Match and used the funds they raised to help rebuild a Free Methodist church in Chile.


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."


June 2003

Congregation in Indiana conducts Vacation Bible School in Peru   (click to open/close)

A United Methodist Church in Indiana took a team of 11 to Peru to conduct an international Vacation Bible School (VBS) program at a United Methodist mission church, reaching children of the church and the local orphanage. According to the congregation's report, many of the children only attend school half-day, so the additional VBS programming was greatly appreciated by the parents as it kept the children off the streets while the parents were at work. According to the congregation's reports, the team provided not only the supplies and curriculum; they also provided training to the local church leaders so that they can lead such events in the future. During the time in Peru, the team had the opportunity share the gospel with the children as well as providing testimony, witness and teaching during other times to children and adults. The team held parent education sessions on hygienic health care. "Fun packs for health care" were distributed at these nightly workshops, along with information for nutritional care, spiritual growth and parenting skills. Children at the orphanage also received personal health care packages. "I am positive that lives were touched in the name of Jesus Christ in ways that we cannot imagine. The spirit of Jesus Christ is so very much needed in that part of the world and yet in other ways, it is so very much alive as you watch adults and children alike hear the word and message of God's Grace through Jesus Christ," reported one of the Indiana team members in follow-up comments to Mission Match.


Fall 2002

Congregation in Indiana assists an endangered family to emigrate from Afghanistan   (click to open/close)

A Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) congregation in Indiana, according to materials in the Mission Match application, helped an endangered Muslim family emigrate from Afghanistan to Canada. The congregation befriended the father while he was a student in the United States. He did some work with the United Nations and as a result was targeted by the Taliban. His coworker was beheaded in the refugee camp. The church helped the family resettle in a safer location. In Mission Match follow-up comments the pastor said, "This exceptional program helped our congregation assist an endangered Muslim family in Afghanistan. It helped multiply our loaves and fishes so that God's grace was more powerfully felt."