FAMILY PROMISE OF MONROE COUNTY
Family Promise of Monroe County is part of a national organization that helps homeless and low income families by providing shelter, education and access to local resources. Along with prayer and financial support, ESUMC, on a rotating basis with several other churches, provides dinner and overnight shelter to participating families. Many ESUMC volunteers are sharing the love of Jesus by doing whatever it takes to make these families comfortable while they stay with us.
FMI – forgotten Missionaries International
FMI supports Christians in predominantly Muslim countries, such as Indonesia and Pakistan, by supporting local pastors, evangelists and congregations, providing advocacy in times of persecution, planting churches, supplying Bibles, and other means. ESUMC’s gift in 2019 was used by FMI to open eight Sewing and Literacy centers, enabling hundreds of women to learn to read using a Bible and to learn sewing skills that will help them support their families. https://forgottenmissionaries.org/
INTERVARSITY CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP
Intervarsity Christian Fellowship establishes Christian communities of students on college campuses. ESUMC supports Ryan and Jasmin Moyer, IVCF leaders at Temple University. Ryan and Jasmin encourage students to be witnesses for Jesus Christ on and off the Temple campus. Students lead Bible studies and worship nights, enabling them to reach their full potential as Christian leaders. https://intervarsity.org/
THE PHILADELPHIA PROJECT (TPP)
TPP’s mission is to meet the needs of the Germantown community through free home repair, preschool, and after-school childcare. ESUMC’s youth travel to TPP for summer mission trips, and sometimes “blitz” weekends, working with TPP doing home repair, assisting at summer camp, or doing street evangelism. The youth often find that their relationship with Jesus Christ grows when their mission work is combined with the Bible studies, small group discussions, prayer and worship that TPP staff leads each evening. https://thephiladelphiaproject.com/
Pocono Plateau, a year round Christian camp and retreat center in Cresco, PA is dedicated to making disciples for Jesus Christ. Campers experience the gospel through recreation, challenges and reflection. Many ESUMC members have attended the camp, and we have also held church retreats there. ESUMC has recently fulfilled a challenge grant to provide a new Team Challenge ropes course at Pocono Plateau. http://www.poconoplateau.org/
PREGNANCY RESOURCE CENTER OF THE POCONOS (PRC)
PRC exists to share the love of Christ with women and families in unexpected pregnancy situations. They provide a variety of free services including pregnancy verification, parenting education, counseling and ultrasounds. Several members of ESUMC volunteer at PRC. https://www.prcpoconos.org/
ESUMC is part of a network of local churches which support the Re-Entry Program. This is a transitional program for ex-offenders that offers counseling, job training and assistance in finding housing. The Re-Entry Program recently opened a house for women ex-offenders.
The mission of Ripe Creatives is to share the good news of the gospel of Christ through creative expression, and to disciple, train and equip Christian artists to engage with the world around them. ESUMC supports Scott and Darlene Smith, who mainly serve in Philadelphia. Scott is a speaker, primarily to youth, and writes and speaks spoken word, while Darlene coordinates events. https://www.ripecreatives.com/
ESUMC is one of several churches in the Poconos that support Pastor Valeri Patkevitch at the Church of the Transfiguration in Volgograd, Russia. In 2019 seven members of ESUMC traveled to Volgograd to meet members of Pastor Valeri’s church and gain a better understanding of Russian culture and the challenges of being a member of the United Methodist Church in Russia.
SHORES OF GRACE
Shores of Grace is a worship and missionary ministry currently headquartered in Recife, Brazil. The focus of the ministry, which was founded by Nic and Rachael Billman, is to set those in prostitution and abuse free and to walk them through restoration. The staff and volunteers in Brazil take the love of the Father to the poor and the broken, and help them see their true value, while equipping and serving the church.
An expansion of the ministry, Shores Philly, was opened in 2016 and is led by Luke and Alisan Billman. Luke and Alisan’s vision is to equip the residents of North Philadelphia to restore their neighborhoods and families. The ministry’s focus will be on shifting the culture so that the streets are safe for children to play. Shores of Grace – Freedom, Rescue, Restoration, Redemption, Equipping
SPANISH HEALTH MINISTRY
The Mission of the Spanish Health Ministry is to respond to the physical needs of Spanish speaking high-risk pregnant women, and to assist families of disabled or medically fragile babies and children who live in the Southern Chester County area to develop a relationship with them to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Spanish Health Ministry
UMCOR GLOBAL HEALTH
Since the start of the coronavirus outbreak, UMCOR has worked with health boards, medical professionalUMCOR – Abundant Healths, disaster management coordinators and faith leaders to prevent the further spread of the coronavirus. Through the UMCOR COVID-19 Response Fund, UMCOR has rapidly released grants to equip partners assisting vulnerable populations around the world, including racial/ethnic and indigenous communities in the United States. Grants are currently meeting pressing needs in the areas of health, food insecurity, water, sanitation and hygiene and economic instability.