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Feed Haiti Mission Project
We are so excited to announce that the week of April 5-10 there will be opportunities to serve our brothers and sisters in Haiti through a food packing event. Before the pandemic, we were able to gather in one place and accomplish this mammoth undertaking (see below under One-Minute Missions). But not to be deterred, the Missions Council decided to best approach spending our Christmas offering for Haiti by offering day and evening shifts at the church building to serve. Volunteers will be there to give direction on how to pack the rice and beans that will be shipped to Haiti.
Please sign up here to pack meals to feed those in need in Haiti.
Our congregation in recent years has enthusiastically participated in One-Minute Missions in which we stop after weekend worship services and put together meals or supplies for people who need them in our community or around the world. We have assembled sack lunches for homeless shelters, back-to-school bags for local kids in need, and dignity kits for the Midwest Mission Distribution Center, just to name a few! In 2020, we filled more than 19,200 bags of beans, rice and vitamins that fed more than 115,000 people in Haiti, one of the neediest countries in the world.
The COVID pandemic has prevented us from conducting large-scale One-Minute Missions, but another Feed Haiti mission project is happening soon (see above), thanks to our congregation’s generous special Christmas offering. By giving more than $20,000 even in the depths of the pandemic, our congregation has made it possible to feed even more people in Haiti.
Annually, a team goes to the beautiful but poverty-stricken Appalachian mountains. They do construction projects to help a family in need. Last year, they built a porch and gable roof for a mother who had been in a serious car accident and needed a dry landing with rails to safely exit her home.
Since the team was unable to participate in a building project at Henderson Settlement in 2020 due to COVID-19, our church collected items for the Henderson food pantry and the thrift store, which offers clothing, basic household items, and local jobs. A team delivered all of the collected items to Henderson Settlement in July 2020. Thank you for your overwhelming response of donations to help us continue to support Henderson Settlement!
"We saw the hands of God and His guidance and kindness throughout the week. God's love and mercy always sees us through!"
-Sue Nelson, Henderson Trip Participant
Rippling Hope in Detroit
A team has been to Detroit during the past two summers to help with various improvement projects for local inner-city homeowners. They worked with the Rippling Hope Mission to build a porch, install a security door, put up drywall, resurface a kitchen floor, clean gutters, paint, and more!
"Instead of what we were able to give to the homeowners, it was more what they gave to us. They renewed my faith in mankind. I came away with a new sense of HOPE for us all."
-Jim Stricker, Rippling Hope trip participant
We regularly have mission trips to Haiti; however, due to recent civil unrest, we have been unable to go since 2019. We continue to support the School of Hope in Haiti, and we pray for our Haitian friends. We are eager to get back to Haiti when we can!
"I guarantee you will have a deeper understanding of who Jesus is through these types of experiences of helping others who have absolutely nothing."
-Shane Sims, Haiti trip team leader
Springfield First has had a long and rich relationship with our brothers and sisters of the Weala District in Liberia, one of the poorest parts of Liberia. We have helped to build a clinic and a school, as well as provide the means for repairing the district parsonage and church. We have also worked with this district to provide clean water for the school and those living close to the school, and we sent a $6,000 special donation to assist with the COVID response in Weala. As we continue to support the students through scholarships and the medical clinic, we hope to continue to deepen our relationships with the people of the Weala district.
If you would like to find out more about going on a mission trip, contact Mike Chamness.