global missions

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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Bluefield, Nicaragua

On March 1-5, 2018, a team from First Church including, Linda Ross, Mary Ann Herr, Bruce Grove, Julie Grove, Joe Reed and Lisa Shank, traveled to Bluefield, Nicaragua to continue the mission that First Church began more than 20 years ago. 


Team Leader, Lisa Shank has written a summation of the their work with details that include updates on the many aspects of the work in Nicaragua.


To read Lisa's update to First Church, Click Here.


Sudan Rebirth Ministry

Sudan Rebirth Ministry (SRM) provides financial support for kindergarten through graduate education of South Sudanese students.


First Church through its connection with Jacob Guot, the founder of SRM, supports SRM in its vital work of relieving suffering through providing education for Sudanese students.


Check out the SRM website to learn more and to support Sudan Rebirth.