Each month, Woodridge UMC's Outreach Committee designates an organization, ministry, or mission (or two) to be the recipient of our monthly Outreach Offering.
April 2019 Outreach Offering
Methodist Boarder Mission Network
The goal of MBMN is to manifest our Wesleyan heritage in cross-border ministries through mutually empowering collaboration between the Methodist Church of Mexico and the United Methodist Church.
There is a huge need for supplies for the refugees traveling to and through our borders. They travel long distances, sometimes days and weeks, to get to the border. We need supplies in the "Help Centers" which we encourage with the entire border area. Education along with the issues of refugees and immigrants is very important and lacking. Advocacy on behalf of our immigrant/refugee brothers and sisters along with a coordination of available resources and humanitarian efforts on both sides of the border are needed to help this population. A specific need for example would be a new website developed to share the needs of all of our areas and should be kept current and have links to ministries areas that are working
The MBMN hopes to see leadership development in our churches through bilateral sharing of pastors and promoting ministry with immigrants and refugees. Hopefully, our congregations will develop new and re-newing ministries that welcome the immigrant and refugee to our midst. Developing, supporting and/or encouraging "help centers" or shelters for immigrants and refugees and the provision of other humanitarian needs, assisting in repatriation if we are able. We also hope that we, as United Methodists and the Methodists in Mexico can help to supply health and spiritual needs to those immigrants and refugees coming to/through our areas.
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Additionally, each month the Outreach Committee requests prayers for a United Methodist missionary and a church with whom we have a relationship. See more here.