Global ministries

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graphic of the geopolitical worldThe mission reach of Newark United Methodist Church is global, through local church–based projects, funding, and missionary support to the work done through connectional agencies of The United Methodist Church, which we support (note: links take you off site).

Africa University
The development of Africa University in Zimbabwe is a dividend of the growth of United Methodism as a whole in Africa. The growth in membership and the emerging socioeconomic and political needs in their countries led the African bishops of the United Methodist Church to call on their global church to invest in higher education in Africa. At Africa University, undergraduate and graduate programs as well as short courses are offered in areas such as agriculture, business, and public administration, education, health sciences, the humanities and social sciences, peace, leadership, and governance and theology. Our congregation, through its designated outreach funds, continues to support this institution of the global United Methodist church.

Borderlinks is a nonprofit, faith-based, educational organization in both Tucson, Ariz., and Nogales, Sonora, Mexico.  It focuses on cross-border relationship-building opportunities, issues of immigration, community formation, and development, and social justice in the borderlands between Mexico, the U.S., and beyond. We support this work annually through our outreach funding.

General Board of Global Ministries (GBGM)
The General Conference of the United Methodist Church created six unique “Special Sundays,” opportunities for congregations to participate through their monetary gifts in working with communities, rebuilding shattered lives, strengthening self-sufficiency, encouraging partnerships, nurturing Native American ministries, modeling peace and justice, providing scholarships and loans for United Methodist students, and much more. Our church is currently supporting the UN’s Nothing But Nets campaign to end malaria in African countries through GBGM special giving.

Mission Partner Church
NUMC supports United Methodist missionaries Nan McCurdy and Miguel Mairena in NicaraguaNan McCurdy has served the people of Nicaragua since 1985. She and her husband, Miguel Mairena, also a General Board of Global Missions missionary, work with the Women and Community Association (W&C) in Nicaragua. The W&C facilitates community-based health and development with women, youth, and children in an impoverished region of Nicaragua.

Partners in Mission
As a result of the AIDS epidemic and tribal violence in the 1990s, many children in Africa became orphaned. Abject poverty and starvation became increasingly prevalent.  The Peninsula-Delaware Conference of the United Methodist Church (to which NUMC belongs and which it supports) along with the Central Congo Episcopal Area developed a partnership with the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The primary focus is to minister to the spiritual and health needs of the children in the DRC. This partnership brings renewal and restoration of spiritual and material ministries for the whole church and especially its children. Through this partnership NUMC supports through its outreach funds, we have the opportunity to give dramatic testimony to the unity of the body of Christ, to the mutuality of love and to the promise of life that overcomes death.

United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR)
We continually support international disaster or crisis relief efforts as needs arise through gifts to this relief arm of the United Methodist Church. Examples of crises that NUMC has rallied to aid in relief efforts include Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy here in the U.S., tsunamis in Japan and Indonesia, the earthquake in Haiti, and refugee support after the Rwandan Genocide. One way we do this is through One Great Hour of Sharing. Once a year during the season of Lent, NUMC along with other United Methodist churches in the U.S. collect money for One Great Hour of Sharing. Donations UMCOR receives through this offering cover the costs associated with organizing this ministry. One Great Hour of Sharing gifts make it possible for UMCOR to use 100 percent of all other contributions to the projects donors specify, instead of on administrative or fundraising costs.

Water is Life–Kenya
This Newark-based organization works with native peoples in southern Kenya to help them increase water access, manage water, and use water profitably. The children of our church through the GREEN Team are actively participating in supporting this mission.