Global Outreach... from Right Here at Home.
Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
"The Great Commision" - Matthew 28:18-20 NIV
The churches of the Driftless Regional Ministry believe in the importance of the Great Commission and the command by Jesus to go to all of the ends of the earth. Therefore we are committed to Global Outreach. With so many vital global ministries out there, it is often hard to support them all. Our churches have chosen a few great ministries (listed below) that not only help others, but also shares the love and message of Jesus Christ with people around the globe.
Dr. Jean Grade of La Farge, WI started this African mission in 2004 as a non-governmental organization in the Karamoja region in Uganda in East Africa to “help Ugandans help Ugandans.” The project focuses on livestock development with the goal of promoting herbal livestock medicine with pastoralists’ initiative. KACHEP is committed to the improvement of livelihoods of Karamojong rural households through re-establishment of a sustainable agro-pastoral society. The aim is to preserve, promote and protect Karamoja's indigenous knowledge. The churches of the Driftless Regional Ministry are honored to donate to this mission through various means like events & fundraisers and missional giving on behalf of the church as a whole. If you would like more information on KACHEP or want to know how to get involved, please check out the KACHEP website or reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
During the autumn, the Westby UMC youth Sunday school and the congregation work together to prepare boxes for Operation Christmas Child (OCC). Operation Christmas Child is a ministry project of Samaritan’s Purse which delivers gift-filled shoeboxes to children in more than 150 countries. The youth and congregation bring in a wide variety of items to pack in the boxes. There are small toys, books, small articles of clothing, crayons, coloring books, and hygiene items. Each of our Sunday school students also write a personal note to the recipient of the shoebox. We have started to use plastic boxes so the children can use them to carry things, such as water, after they open the box. The students pack up the boxes, which are then delivered to a drop-off site in La Crosse. This group ministry project has been taking place for several years and an average of 15-20 boxes are sent out each year. If you would like to join us in this fantastic global outreach, we encourage you to check out the Operation Christmas Child website, ask about it during our worship services or simply send us an e-mail at email@example.com.
UMCOR is the humanitarian relief and development arm of The United Methodist Church and seeks to strengthen and transform people and communities. The organization works to alleviate human suffering and advance hope and healing around the entire globe. It is often the first organization to appear following a disaster and remains there to help the people long after other more well known organizations have departed. UMCOR's administrative costs are completely covered by the apportionments given by United Methodist Churches around the world meaning that 100% of any funds donated to the organization from people like you goes directly to helping people in need around the world. All of our churches are honored to support such a vital global ministry not only through our apportionments but also through missional giving as well. If you would like more information on UMCOR and what it is doing around the world, feel free to check out the UMCOR website!