MARSHALLTON UNITED METHODIST CHURCH MISSIONS PROGRAMS
Marshallton UMC operates numerous charitable missions programs. They are divided into three broad categories which are global, conference (or regional), and local.
Included in the global category are the Mulungwishi Seminary in the Congo, Colombia Ministries (South America), the South Sudan Medical Ministry, and the Operation Christmas Child Shoe Box program.
The Mulungwishi Seminary mission provides financial assistance to the Theological Seminary located in the African Congo.
The Colombia Ministries mission provides financial assistance to the local urban and rural churches in Colombia South America.
The South Sudan Medical Ministry provides gynecological, obstetric, and maternity services to women in the severely oppressed communities of South Sudan in Africa.
The Operation Christmas Child Shoe Box mission program provides individual shoe boxes filled with items of personal hygiene, reading material, and toys as gifts to children between the ages of 4 and 14 in economically depressed areas of the USA and underdeveloped countries around the world.
The shoe boxes are delivered to these young people along with the “Good News” message of the gospel by Franklin Graham’s Samaritan’s Purse organization.
The conference missions consist of financial support to the Camp PECOMETH Retreat Center, Disaster Relief Work trips, Annual Conference funding, and Ad Hoc funding for Conference special requests.
The local missions activities include the Pastor’s Discretionary Fund, the Food
Closet, Family Promise, the Thanksgiving Community Dinner, the Angel Wish Tree, Christmas Food Baskets, the Sunday Breakfast Mission, the Food Bank of Delaware, Salvation Army, Neighborhood House, Wilmington DistrictUnited Methodist Women, and others.
The Pastor’s Discretionary Fund provides emergency financial support to local individuals or families on a one time only basis to pay utilities, home repairs, or other urgent needs.
The Food Closet is regular every other week service to give non-perishable food supplies the needy in our community.
Family Promise is an interfaith program that provides living arrangements in local churches to homeless families while helping them become employed and self-sufficient again. Participating Churches prepare evening meals and have social interaction with the families in the Family Promise network at the churches hosting the families. The families may remain in the program for 90 days or until they find work again, whichever comes first. The program screens the families before accepting them in the program and hence has a success rate which exceeds 80%.
The Thanksgiving Community Dinner is an annual event held at Marshallton UMC on Thanksgiving day from noon until 2 PM for people in our community who have no other place to enjoy a Thanksgiving dinner.
The Angel Wish Tree is an annual mission to provide Christmas gifts to children of our community who would otherwise receive no gifts at Christmas.
The remaining local missions provide financial support to the organizations listed.
Tom Pesikey, Mission Chairman