The Mission Team thanks you for your overwhelming support of Missions, even through this unusual past year of challenges. We look forward to a New Year full of hope.
January Mission Focus Feed My Starving Children has been an ongoing mission project of FUMC-Windsor for 5 years. FMSC is a Christian organization that provides meals (by way of Manna Packs which are a combination of nutritious ingredients including protein and vitamins) to children in 70 countries around the world. In January of 2020, Jess Eischeus with FMSC reported about Rosa, a 9 year old in rural Nicaragua. Her father had no work and struggled to feed her family. She had anemia, recurrent pneumonia and was “barely hanging on”. An FMSC feeding program was started near her home where she and her family received help. She steadily grew stronger and her health improved so that she can play and learn with other children. Rosa is one of 30,0000 in Nicaragua receiving nutritious meals from FMSC. Our congregation has supported these efforts through monetary donations. We also volunteer in large groups at Slammin Famine every February where we pack meals with many other volunteers from our area. FMSC has not been able to use volunteers or hold these large packing events since the onset of COVID-19. They have used mechanical packing methods; inmates are packing some meals and paid staff are packing some meals. This has reduced their capacity by half and increased costs, but the needs are not only the same but increasing due to the pandemic. Our church has not been able to collect the spare change in boxes on a consistent basis since the beginning of the pandemic. Please consider a designated gift for this mission by giving online at: www.firstumcwindsor.com/donate or by mailing a check or dropping off donations to the church. Your donations truly do impact the lives of children daily.
NEWS FROM OUR MISSIONARY, JENNIFER MOORE, IN NORTH MACEDONIA: “I hope you are doing well this holiday season.
Christmas is when God gave us His most precious gift, His Son, so His presence could be always with us. As we are increasingly separated from the presence of others during this pandemic, I pray the presence of God be even nearer and sweeter to you.
Jennifer and Lizzy (Jennifer’s cat)
CHRISTMAS GIFT UPDATE:
Thank you for your support of our Christmas Missions. We were able to mail off 12 gift boxes to the Blackfoot United Methodist Parish in Montana, as well as 46 boxes for Operation Christmas Child!
Rob Bradley reported many gifts purchased through the Optimist Clubs, Santa’s Toy Shop.
In addition, Sandi and Bill Hill thank you for your support of Toys for Tots. You gave three large boxes of gifts for local Children. A lot of children enjoyed a happier Christmas because of your generosity. Thank You All!
CHRISTMAS OFFERING UPDATE:
The Special Christmas Offering brought in $460 which will be used to supplement our Mission Projects as needed. Thank you!
The collection of New, warm clothing, socks, insulated gloves, factory wrapped snack items, etc, for the Cold Weather shelter, will continue through the winter. Many Thanks to all who have donated items. We have delivered items with an approximate value to $350! These have been such a gift and they are very grateful!