The Immokalee Friendship House has been one of our local Mission Projects since the 1960’s. Nuns began this work, though it has long been run by an executive director and a board, who meet the needs of people on the streets by providing a safe, clean place to stay with 3 meals a day, clothing, showers, laundry services; referrals to jobs, housing, schools, daycare, clinics, hospitals, other services and case management. Daniel Washington, executive director, is a strong yet compassionate leader for the Immokalee Friendship House and its clients. Link: http://stmatthewshouse.org/programs/immokalee-friendship-house/
Cross-Training Ministries, located west of Clewiston, was founded by local Christians who saw a need to offer Jesus to young men with abuse and addiction problems. Their letterhead explains their mission: “Christian Drug and Alcohol Regeneration – Training Young Men to be Disciples of Christ.” These men must be chosen for the program and fit into a very strict and disciplined schedule, learning first about the Lord and then their relationship with Him, and finally their relationship with others, including seeking healing and forgiveness from the often broken family relationships they came from. The success of this program is truly because of God’s hand in it. The men are also taught good work ethics, and fund much of the program by their lawn service business. Consider having them do your mowing…they are a delight to have in your yard! Link: http://www.ctmflorida.com/
At Agape Home, Inc. women find “The Love of Christ and the Power of the Cross.” Their letterhead says: “Healing Restoration for Emotionally Wounded Women.” Located in Moore Haven, FL, Agape Home operates wholly on trusting the Lord to provide for the young women He sends there. Shortly after Debbie Tuel and her husband had the vision for the Agape Home, Fred passed away. Debbie has courageously stepped into the roles of president, leader, mother, sister, friend, confidante, mentor and teacher, all in her efforts to offer these women Christ. The testimonies these women share after time in Agape Home, and learning to lean on and trust in God, is truly inspiring. We are blessed to have a small part in the work of the Lord at Agape Home. Link: http://www.agapehome.org/
FUMC is in ministry to the residents of Palm Terrace, the local nursing Home. A relationship with Susie Cline, activities director, allows us to help provide some of the personal needs of residents who have no family nearby. Our Church helps provide gifts and sox to each resident at Christmas, and we are “on call” when unexpected needs arise. Contact First United Methodist Church at 863-983-5269; if you would like to know more about how to serve the residents of Palm Terrace.
FUMC budgets $7,400 for these Missions. In addition, the Mission Team, has Mission Dinner on the third Wednesday of the month from September to May, and makes Thanksgiving Pies and Valentine’s Fudge, which together raised $7,108 in 2013.
Our Church is truly blessed to be an active part of such good quality Mission Programs. God bless the Missionaries and God bless each supporter of Missions. If you would like to make a special donation to support one of these missions, please click on the link for the mission and look for the donate or give section of the website.
If you would like to give towards the mission of First United Methodist Church, we invite you to send your donation/gift to: First UMC of Clewiston, 352 W Arcade Avenue, Clewiston, FL 33440. If you would like to serve or volunteer in missions at First United Methodist Church of Clewiston, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you and God bless you as we work the fields together!
Information provided by Sandy Stitt