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Nicaragua Mission Team and Bluefields Betesda School Funding Opportunity
The Betesda School in Nicaragua, built in 2004 by First Church, educates over 250 children from preschool age to grade six in the Loma Fresca community of Bluefields. In addition to general education, the children receive daily Christian teaching from Pastor Mario Rugama. The Nicaraguan government supports the teachers’ salaries. Your financial support helps to sustain a safe environment for these children to attend school. Social and political unrest since April in Nicaragua has disrupted the economy and infrastructure due to demonstrations and unrest mostly in western Nicaragua near the capital of Managua. A trip in early 2019 is unlikely as a travel warning has been issued for US travelers and major airlines have cut their flights to Managua. Despite the current political and economic situation, the Betesda School continues to operate and they need our financial support. Nicaragua mission team members will be in the Gathering Place today to share their experiences if you would like more information or to make a cash donation to the mission. To support this mission by check, please note “Nicaragua” on the memo line and make the check payable to First UMC. From the entire Nicaragua mission team, THANK YOU for your generous support.
Support for Tanzania
First United Methodist Church of Lancaster has been supporting Rev. Mutwale wa Mushidi and his wife Kabaka Ndala Alphonsine in Methodist evangelism for many years. Rev. Mushidi and his wife Kabaka have made several visits to First United Methodist Church (the last visit in 2014) and consider us as their “mother church” for our long time support.
Twenty years ago there was no United Methodist Church in Tanzania. Today there are 63 churches and several thousand members. This past year the Tanzania area has become a Provisional Annual Conference with a goal to become a Full Annual Conference with an Annual Conference Center to include a church, conference office, school, women’s center and guest house.
Eastern Pennsylvania and Greater New Jersey Conferences sponsor Rev. Mushidi and his wife and partner together to fulfill their goals. We have been actively involved in the purchase of land through the skills of a church member and providing the instrument to survey and insure accurate measurements for land purchase.
January 2014, through known and anonymous donors, fifteen acres of land were purchased for the Annual Conference Complex in Dar es Salaam. The local congregation has already begun to look into the cost and how to provide potable water. The government is designing a new road to the property and plans to bring electric power to the area. Our church member has started a site plan and obtained a grant from a local foundation toward the building project. A storage/maintenance building has already been erected.
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