Robbins United Methodist Church
Tuesday, November 13, 2018
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Missions

If someone should ask what Robbins Church is known for, the answer would certainly include a passion for, and focus on, missions and outreach. 
 
There are many local opportunities to serve, as well as occasional national trips.  The people of Robbins take the Word of God seriously when Christ says "I am the Way" and "No one comes to the Father except through Me".  The words of Jesus resonate with us: "As you did it to one of the least of these, you did it unto me". 
 
Thus, we go forth in the love of Christ as we open our pocketbooks and give generously; as we put on gloves, wield hammers and saws to support ongoing ministries to those in need; and as we board a flight and leave the country to serve in a spiritually and economically depressed community.  All of this is done as an expression of faith and obedience to God.
  

For 2018 the Robbins UMC Mission team has selected the following organizations or groups to support with our missions giving each month:

     January
The BISHOP JUDITH CRAIG CHILDREN’S VILLAGE      
The goal of the Village is to provide basic needs, education, counseling and health care to orphaned children. There is a continuous need to increase the volume of beneficiaries as the Ebola Virus left behind many singe moms with school-age children.
The Village is located in Monrovia Liberia, Africa. They are in partnership with the UMC, Liberia Annual Conference. The primary goal of this project is to help reduce illiteracy and future crime rate in the country. This is an Advance Special of the United Methodist Church, and 100% of our giving will go directly to this ministry. This is an opportunity to make a difference in the name of Jesus for many children.
 
     February  Henderson Settlement, Frakes, KY: Henderson Settlement is 89% dependent on generous contribution from individuals and churches like Robbins.  Their goal is to CREATE OPPORTUNITIES FOR BETTER LIVES in their community.  The Settlement accepts requests from the community and lists them on their web site.   Robbins selects jobs to match our abilities and finances. 
     March  UMCOR - One Great Hour of Sharing:  
This annual church wide offering underwrites the United Methodist Church’s ministry of compassion to survivors of disaster and extreme need, by providing the funding that secures the “nuts and bolts” of the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR). 
     April   Native American Churches
     May  
 Forgotten Man Ministry:  FMM Ingham County offers worship services (led by area churches), spiritual counseling sessions, correspondence courses, a library cart, addiction classes, and post-release mentoring to inmates at the facility.  
     June
 Paul Webster Agriculture Specific - Zambia
     July       Heart and Hands. Heart & Hands is located at 9220 Kinneville Rd. Eaton Rapids. Their Mission: H&H is a Christian-based, all volunteer organization, founded in 1981, to compassionately assist in meeting the basic human need of local individuals and families within the Eaton Rapids and Springport school districts. Springport now has their own food and clothing service. 
Your mission donation in July will help support Heart and Hands. There is a designated bin in our donation station to put food, and personal hygiene items, {bars of soap and feminine sanitary items). Baby diapers, all sizes, are frequently requested items. They also need many plastic grocery bags.  
     August  Robbins Work Mission
     September  HEIFER USA: 
Two areas of the US suffer from extreme poverty: the Appalachia region, which stretches from rural Pennsylvania to northern Alabama, and the Arkansas Delta, which follows the Mississippi River along the eastern half of the state.   Heifer USA is supporting local growers and innovators to strengthen local economies. By encouraging community development on the local level, Heifer is creating opportunities, improving access to markets for small farmers and providing environmental sustainability. The emphasis is on local motivation, local farmers, local innovation and local leadership. This focus on community-based development is the key to successfully ending hunger here in the USA.   
 
     October  Haiti School Hot Lunch program 
     November  CCAG Groceries    
     December 
 Youth Haven Ranch  Located at Rives 
Junction MI, only a 25 minute drive from Robbins UMC. Their ministry is supported by our church and other organizations and individuals. They receive no money from the state or federal government.  
 
This ministry is possible because of the many volunteers who serve on campus, and keep coming back.  If you feel God is calling you to volunteer at Youth Haven, see one of the members of the Mission Commission for details. There is always an opportunity waiting for you.