Fielding Ministries, Rebecca Fielding in Kenya:
Mission of Hope International (MOHI) is a Non-Government Organization in Kenya dedicated to providing education to impoverished children. Over the past 20 years it has grown from one teacher and 50 students at one site to about 18,000 students at 23 sites plus the necessary staffing to be government accredited educational program in Kenya.
By 2016 MOHI was able to hire a Kenyan Occupational Therapist (OT) and to set aside a room at their Baba Dogo site to provide therapy for these children. The program began with four children and one OT and has since expanded to 30 children.
In 2018 Rebecca Fielding, a CMF employee and an OT, joined the program to help expand the services offered and to coordinate the special needs program with the other parts of the MOHI program. For 2020, Rebecca will be expanding the Special Needs Therapy program beyond therapy to include an education component for the children with special needs.
The loose change offering at Grace will be used to purchase equipment and supplies to support the program expansion to include an education component for the children with special needs.
Joe and Kim Cluff, missionaries in Kenya:
Joe and Kim work through the Community Christian Church in Kenya. Together with their children, Sophia and Theo, they work in a variety of ways to be the presence of Christ in Kenya. Learn more about their mission here. To support Joe and Kim through Grace, make your check to the church and ear mark it or your envelope for Cluff Mission. 100% of your contribution will go to their work.
In November and December, Grace gears up for this partnership with Lafayette Urban Ministries. Taking anonymous ‘ornaments’ from a Christmas tree, individuals at Grace shop for one or more children, providing gifts to make it a great Christmas for a family in need. Then in December, the families gather and wrap their own presents in our Fellowship Hall. We provide lots of fun extras for them and all can experience the presence of God at Christmas.
Sunnyside Food Ministry:
Food insecurity (being without reliable access to a sufficient quantity of affordable, nutritious food) is a common problem in our community and traditional food pantries have income guidelines that can prevent a family from getting what they need. Grace UMC wants to support the Sunnyside community by providing supplemental food items to any family, because food insecurity can happen to anyone, regardless of their income. The Sunnyside food pantry is open to any family of a Sunnyside student in need of food. Food donations are collected in the pink grocery cart inside the fellowship hall.
Habitat for Humanity:
Nearly every year, Grace offers a mission/work trip outside the Lafayette area. Whether building houses, repairing churches, or helping with cleanup after a natural disaster, Grace’s mission teams are open to all adults (and older youth) who wish to lend a helping hand.
Choir Child Sponsorship: