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

October 2016

Congregation in Tennessee sends team to Haiti to provide medical and dental services, operate a feeding ministry for children, and provide help at a girls’ orphanage.   (click to open/close)

A Southern Baptist congregation in Tennessee received its first Mission Match Matching Contribution to send a team to Haiti, partnering with a Christian helping agency there.

According to their follow-up report, the team conducted five days of medical and dental clinics. They also operated a feeding ministry through which they provided hot meals to over 2,100 children in five days. Additionally, the team helped a local girls' orphanage by doing construction projects as well as assisting the orphanage workers to care for the children.

Fourteen of the 24 mission team members were on last year's trip. These returning members have been sponsoring children at the orphanage, maintaining an ongoing relationship with the children. This trip also inspired new mission team members to begin sponsorship relationships with children they met at the orphanage.

A team member stated being part of the mission trip helped to expand her understanding of what God is doing all around the world, rather than just in her own town.

A second team member said that her time in Haiti has caused her to fall in love with the Haitian people.

A third team member said that it was exciting to see what God is doing in Haiti and that she came home with a new sense of enthusiasm and motivation to be a more active church member.

"Mission trips change lives," said the pastor of this congregation.

June - July 2008

Congregation in Tennessee provides medical care in Tanzania   (click to open/close)

A United Methodist Church in Tennessee sent a team to Tanzania. According to the congregation's Mission Match application materials, the "team of seven includes a pediatrician, a nurse, and a teacher. The team will provide health care, English teaching, computer instruction, and assistance with small construction projects." According to these application materials, by providing "hands-on medical care, hygiene, language and technology instruction we can give them the means to improve their future for the long term, share the love of Jesus Christ face to face, and tell them the good news about an eternity in heaven."

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."