Around the World
Mission to the USA (MUSA)
Elder Phares Nyaga Mithamo, from Kenya, was hosted by First Pres Maumee from Friday, October 11 - Sunday, October 19 as part of the Mission to the USA (MUSA) program through the Synod of the Covenant (Michigan and Ohio). The MUSA program links churches in the Synod of the Covenant with international church clergy and lay leaders. While Elder Phares was with us, he joined us in the life of the church in worship, bible study, cultural activities, Wednesday evening programming, many meals, and much more as cultural barriers were broken down and he truly became our brother in Christ.
The focus of the Synod's MUSA program for the years 2017-2019 is Christian-Muslim relations. Elder Phares came to us from a majority Muslim country, and was a valuable resource to the Muslim-Christian Dialogue group which meets in our church building. His world view was valuable to the entire church as we affirmed the unity of the church in an effort foster oneness in the global community.
Compassion International is a Christian child advocacy ministry that helps more than 1.3 million children in 26 countries, releasing children from spiritual, economic, social and physical poverty and enabling them to become responsible, fulfilled Christian adults. Many First Pres Maumee members sponsor children through Compassion. Not only do they provide for the child through a $38/month sponsorship, but they also intentionally build Christ-centered relationships with the child through letters and small gifts. While our sponsored children can be found around the globe, we are focusing our efforts in the Dominican Republic.
As a church family, we come together every fall to promote Compassion International. This fall, many of the congregation prayed, asked questions, and took a Compassion Child Packet. This resulted in another 17 children, most living in the Dominican Republic, having a sponsor!
Additionally, we are partnering with Compassion International for our Mission Trip to the Dominican Republic, February 13-19, 2020. We hope to have 15 members of our congregation take part in this life changing experience and to meet the children they sponsor through Compassion.
Operation Christmas Child
Each November, we partner with Samaritan’s Purse and Operation Christmas Child (OCC), which sends a shoebox gift that members of the congregation pack to a child in another part of the world. Through local churches, shoebox recipients learn about God’s Greatest Gift; His Son, Jesus Christ.
Through donations of gifts, toys, and supplies, our congregation fills shoeboxes for OCC. Donations can be anything from school supplies like pens and pencils, "wow" toys, like stuffed animals or action figures, personal items like soap or shampoo, and other fun things.
In celebration of our 200th Anniversary, our church has set a goal of reaching 200 children with 200 shoebox gifts! As of November 2019, we are currently at 80 shoeboxes for the year.
First Pres Maumee is pleased to partner with Frontier Fellowship .
Their mission is "As part of God's mission to the world, we invite believing communities to engage people groups where the Good News of Jesus and His Kingdom is not yet known."
You can learn more about this organization at their website.
The Outreach Foundation
When there are extraordinary global challenges that threaten the body of Christ, First Pres Maumee often responds through partnerships with The Outreach Foundation. We have given significantly to support Christian refugees in Syria suffering deeply as a result of that country's civil war while also offering support to Christians in Iraq who have lost their homes and livelihood because of the ISIS terrorist group. On an on-going basis, we support missionaries in both Syria and Iraq, whose identities cannot be published due to security reasons.
Dominican Republic Water Project
After members of First Pres Maumee saw how the lack of clean water affect those in the Dominican Republic on a Missions Trip, they sprung into action. In 2016, our church raised enough funds to purchase a water purification system to supply a village of 15,000 access to clean water. Learn more here.