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Global Mission and Service

Ministries supported by First Church through active participation and financial generosity.  Contact Laure Mieskowski at 616.451.2879 or laurem@grandrapidsfumc.org to learn how you can serve in any of these ministry areas. 

Global
 
Cafe Justo (Just Coffee) is a consortium of Mexican coffee growers in the mountain state of Chiapas, Mexico.  They grow and harvest the beans, then process, roast and package the coffee for sale in various markets in the USA.   This keeps all of the profit in the sale of coffee in Mexico, providing additional jobs and higher profits for the farm families.  Café Justo is for sale in the First Church north lobby.
 
A Coffee Can Offering is taken during worship services on the second Sunday of each month to support organizations that alleviate hunger.  Loose change, paper bills, and checks are welcome!
 
The First Church Cuba Mission supports our sister church in Herradura, Cuba.  A team of youth and adults travel each year to Cuba (typically in early April), creating relationships, worshiping, and providing financial support for our United Methodist brothers and sisters.
 
Haitian Artisans for Peace International (HAPI) is a faith-based community development ministry who exists to empower Haitians to grow their capacity to lead with integrity, to develop solutions to their own problems, and to help their families and communities to live to their fullest potential.  New opportunities for ministry include a medical team trip scheduled for 2015.
 
Healing Hands Medical Teams travel twice a year to Nicaragua, providing medical services such as vaccinations, preventative exams, dental treatments, and eyeglass fittings.  Funds also support an ongoing food program providing meals to children living in Managua. Volunteers with medical skills and non-medical skills alike are welcome.
 
Through Imagine No Malaria United Methodists are part of a worldwide effort to eradicate this disease by the year 2015.  First Church is committed to support this initiative by raising $25,000 by the end of 2015. 
 
Missionaries to Kenya, Dr. Marty and Hollee Graber, are supported by First Church. Our offerings help support a community school, a widow’s garden, a new maternal child health clinic, a new sewing center building, clean water, and solar power.
 
The Koinonia Foundation is dedicated to saving and enriching lives by fighting disease, advancing education and implementing clean and renewable energy sources.  Our offerings help provide solar powered lanterns and clean water around the world.