Global Outreach encompasses all the ministries beyond Cincinnati. Through the United Methodist connection, we are able to extend our reach to different parts of the United States and around the globe.
Our partnership with Haiti is with the Faith Academy. Faith Academy is a school in Haiti that owes its existence to the dedicated efforts of an inspiring Haitian Christian, Fanfan Janvier. With support from friends and churches in the USA, Fanfan has been able to build a school on the outskirts of Port au Prince, the Haitian capital, that now educates and feeds over 300 children a day. Education in Haiti is not free. Without ongoing support these children would be deprived not only of an education but also quite probably the only substantial meal that they get each day.
In May 2017, we entered into an In Mission Together partnership with the Way of Faith church in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. Our brothers and sisters in Romania are ministering within a predominantly Orthodox city and country. Their ministry to their neighbors includes ministry with orphans through their Alfa Grup program and the Roma in nearby villages.
The churches in Romania, 3 UMCs in total, joined the United Methodist Church worldwide in 2011. In the years since their joining, they have served one another and sought opportunities to continue to grow in leadership, ministry, worship, service, and outreach.
Our partnership with Russia is with the UMC in Samara. Our support has been relational as we have sent mission teams to them and they have come to visit us as well, but it has also been financial. Through our financial support, our sister church in Samara was able to purchase a church building.
Our brothers and sisters in Samara are in many ways a first century church, they live in a world where discussing their faith holds them up for ridicule from neighbors and co-workers, yet they proudly and boldly share their faith stories about how being a follower of Christ has changed their lives.
While relatively small in numbers, our friends at the church in Samara, are part of an active, thriving church with sixty six people out of about a hundred actively involved in church ministries such as feeding the poor and homeless each week and participating in Bible study courses.
Please pray for our brothers and sisters worldwide as they continue to do the work of the Kingdom!