Sunday, April 20, 2014 You Are Here: Getting Connected / Ministries / Missions

Our Mission Teams Serve... Locally, Nationally and Internationally

"But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth." Acts 1:8 (NIV)

Our Mission Teams Serve... Locally, Nationally and Internationally

"But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth." Acts 1:8 (NIV)

 
 

Local Mission Opportunities

  • Work Days at Chisholm School
  • Dinners at Court Street
  • Meals on Wheels Delivery
  • Meal Service at Salvation Army and Friendship Mission
  • Meal Preparation for Montgomery Area Council on Aging’s Frozen Meals Program
  • Home Repair and Yard Work Projects
  • Citywide Great Day of Service
  • Make a Difference Day
  • Special Seasonal Projects

Local Mission Opportunities

  • Work Days at Chisholm School
  • Dinners at Court Street
  • Meals on Wheels Delivery
  • Meal Service at Salvation Army and Friendship Mission
  • Meal Preparation for Montgomery Area Council on Aging’s Frozen Meals Program
  • Home Repair and Yard Work Projects
  • Citywide Great Day of Service
  • Make a Difference Day
  • Special Seasonal Projects

 

Missions Support Opportunities

  • Serve on the Missions Leadership Team
  • Join the Missions Prayer Team
  • Coordinate Special Mission Projects
  • Correspond with our Missionary Partners
  • Host Visiting Missionaries
  • Publicize Events
  • Maintain the Missions Bulletin Boards

Missions Support Opportunities

  • Serve on the Missions Leadership Team
  • Join the Missions Prayer Team
  • Coordinate Special Mission Projects
  • Correspond with our Missionary Partners
  • Host Visiting Missionaries
  • Publicize Events
  • Maintain the Missions Bulletin Boards

 

National and International Mission Trip Opportunities

Aldersgate has a long history of sending work teams to minister in foreign countries and needy areas of the U.S.

Foreign mission teams have served in Ghana, Costa Rica, Jamaica, Ecuador and Nicaragua in recent years.

Here in the U.S., work teams have served in Appalachia (Red Bird Mission; Beverly, KY), Alabama (Alabama Rural Ministry and tornado relief) and along the Gulf Coast (disaster relief).

Look for details in the coming months about the following opportunities:

  • Annual Red Bird Mission Trip
  • Adult Foreign Mission Trips
  • Youth Mission Trips

National and International Mission Trip Opportunities

Aldersgate has a long history of sending work teams to minister in foreign countries and needy areas of the U.S.

Foreign mission teams have served in Ghana, Costa Rica, Jamaica, Ecuador and Nicaragua in recent years.

Here in the U.S., work teams have served in Appalachia (Red Bird Mission; Beverly, KY), Alabama (Alabama Rural Ministry and tornado relief) and along the Gulf Coast (disaster relief).

Look for details in the coming months about the following opportunities:

  • Annual Red Bird Mission Trip
  • Adult Foreign Mission Trips
  • Youth Mission Trips

 Meals on Wheels

Aldersgate has a commitment to provide volunteers to deliver Meals on Wheels daily to ten recipients in the Dalraida area.  We have an immediate need for volunteers on several days.  It only takes approximately one hour to deliver the meals.  The recipients are most grateful and you will receive a blessing for having helped someone in need.  If you can help with this mission, please email or call Betty Spencer at 277-5893.

 Meals on Wheels

Aldersgate has a commitment to provide volunteers to deliver Meals on Wheels daily to ten recipients in the Dalraida area.  We have an immediate need for volunteers on several days.  It only takes approximately one hour to deliver the meals.  The recipients are most grateful and you will receive a blessing for having helped someone in need.  If you can help with this mission, please email or call Betty Spencer at 277-5893.

 

Aldersgate's Partners on the Foreign Mission Field

These missionaries need our prayer support as well as the financial assistance we provide through the church budget. Please pray for them, their families, their ministries and those they serve.

 

Ed & Linda Baker, Global Resource Team - The Mission Society

After completing seven years in Paraguay, Ed & Linda moved their water ministry to Nicaragua where they spent two years. While in Paraguay and Nicaragua they completed 39 water projects and coordinated the construction of churches, schools and homes for pastors. Starting in January 2011, Ed & Linda took on a new challenge as Co-Directors and Water and Sanitation Specialists for The Mission Society’s Global Resource Team (GRT).  

Now they are sharing with other missionaries what they have learned working in the areas of water and sanitation in the developing world. Projects planned this year and beyond will take them to Africa, India, Thailand and Latin America. Ed & Linda feel strongly that their ministry is to use the gift of clean, abundant water as a mechanism to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ. This platform has proven very effective over the years. They pray God will continue to use them and bless their ministry as it expands around the world. Check out Ed and Linda's Website to learn more about them and their work. They need our prayers as well as the financial support we provide.
 

Paul & Sylvia Cummings, Spain - One Mission Society 

Since 1984, Paul and Sylvia Cummings have served in Spain as missionaries with OMS International, now One Mission Society. Their multifaceted ministry includes evangelism, discipleship, music, teaching English and computers, home Bible studies, camps, women’s ministry (including quilting) and men’s ministry (including boat building).  

After four years of serving as part of a pastoral team in Motril, the Cummings went to Madrid in 1990 where they have been supervisors in the exciting Marriage Encounter program, interim camp director of the Rock of Horeb camp (Paul) and director of the English ministries (Sylvia). Paul has also developed a ministry of offering computer classes in the church. Teaching English and computer builds a bridge between the community and the church and opens doors for presenting the Gospel. Visit Paul and Sylvia's website for more information.
 

Cameron & Anne Gongwer, Global Resource Team - The Mission Society

Dr. Cameron and Anne Gongwer served with The Mission Society (TMS) for 13 years in Ghana, West Africa, sharing the Gospel through health and literacy ministries. Cam, a physician, developed the Ankaase Methodist Faith Healing Hospital. Anne, an educator, developed the Reading Town Library in Ankaase. In 2012 they began a new phase of missions. As members of TMS’s Global Resource Team they will be able to expand their ministry of health and literacy to additional communities in Ghana and other countries.

Cam also leads Crosspoint Global Health, a collaborative health outreach in developing countries to transform communities into healthier places to live. When not traveling and serving internationally, the Gongwers reside in South Bend, Indiana, with their daughter Caylor. Want to pray more effectively for this family? Visit their website for more information.

Neal HicksNeal Hicks, Japan - The Mission Society

Neal Hicks and his wife Mari served in Japan for over 30 years, 21 of those with The Mission Society, before her death from esophageal cancer in March of 2012. Neal pastored a Free Methodist Church in Tokyo, ministering in a variety of culturally-appropriate ways, including feeding and clothing of the homeless. He has also served in leadership with the International VIP Club ministry, an outreach to unreached Japanese business men and women.

Neal is presently based in Tennessee, but he remains connected to the Tokyo homeless ministry and the churches he served in Japan. He is working to develop the VIP ministry among the Japanese workers at a huge Nissan plant near his home. Neal greatly values our prayers and financial support. Visit Neal's webpage to learn more.
 

Andrew & Margaret Howell, France - The Mission Society  

Andrew and Margaret Howell have been part of The Mission Society team to France for the past 14 years after having previously served in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Andrew serves as Director of Development for Famille Je t'Aime, a family ministry headquartered in eastern France. He and Margaret work to develop and strengthen the ministry’s network and contacts throughout France and teach conferences on family relationships.

After nearly two years on home assignment in Atlanta, Georgia, they returned to France in September 2011. They now reside in Buhl in eastern France near the German border but travel throughout France spreading the Gospel. They are delighted to have us on their support team and consider us an answer to prayer. Visit them online for more information.
 

Szabolcs Kerekes, Hungary - Church Resource Ministries

Szabolcs Kerekes has been involved in church planting in Hungary since 1998. He has published three books and translated materials for use in mentoring key pastors, church planters and future leaders. Szabolcs teaches by example, evangelizing and serving the poor, sick and outcast in many ways. He conducts several youth camps each summer and ministers regularly in a Budapest prison for girls.

We were pleased to have Szabolcs visit Aldersgate in October 2011. He shared with us the challenges of trying to reach the post-modern world of Eastern Europe with the Gospel. Szabolcs reported with great joy that he had been reunited with an old friend who shares his love for the Lord; he and Hajnal were married in April 2012. He appreciates our support and prayers.


Jim & Penie Koch, Jamaica - Kingdom Builders Ministry

Jim and Penie Koch have served with Kingdom Builders Ministry in Jamaica since 1996. Their goal is to assist people in identifying their God-given purpose in life and equipping them to fulfill that purpose. They are dedicated to sharing Christ's love with people in need by providing basic needs and abundant love. From their base in Whitehorse, Westmoreland, on the southern coast of Jamaica, they spread the Gospel to the surrounding communities of Jamaica.

The Kochs host short-term work teams and missionary interns and work with them to serve the needs of the poor, elderly and infirm. In July 2009, a team of 24 adults and youth from Aldersgate spent a life-changing week working with the Kochs, conducting VBS, doing home repairs, visiting a nursing home and a hospital to cheer and pray with the patients, and doing simple, but meaningful, tasks like carrying heavy containers of water for local residents. To learn more about Kingdom Builders Ministry, go to the Kingdom Builders website.

Mark Wittig, Colombia - Christian Union Sports Club

Mark Wittig served as a missionary with OMS International in Colombia for 25 years, but is now employed directly by the ministry he started and has nurtured during most of that time. He supervises the Christian Union Sports Club (CUSC), a city-wide sports program, which evangelizes and disciples over 1,000 children and youth of Medellín through soccer on a weekly basis. Mark, an ordained minister, is also involved in a church-planting ministry and was professor of missions at the Biblical Seminary of Colombia until recently.

2011 was a big year for Mark, his wife Elizabeth and their family. The summer was filled with exciting activities celebrating CUSC’s 20th anniversary. In October, they welcomed baby Jose’ Miguel. Please keep Mark and his ministry in your prayers. You can learn more about the Christian Union Sports Club at Christian Union Sports Club online.
 

Marion & Mary Woods, Costa Rica - Methodist Rural Center  

Marion and Mary Woods have served as retired missionaries in northern Costa Rica since their marriage in 1993. They run the Methodist Rural Center in Ciudad Quesada which serves as a religious retreat center for Costa Rican churches and as a base for volunteers working in nearby villages. They host several Volunteers in Mission work teams annually. Aldersgate teams have worked with Marion since 1984; Mary’s first trip to Costa Rica was with one of our teams in 1986.

For over 60 years, Marion has served as an evangelistic missionary establishing congregations and constructing chapels and parsonages throughout Costa Rica. At the age of 93 and with the help of his beloved Mary, he is still serving God in a remarkable way. To learn more about the Woods and their ministry, visit the Methodist Rural Center website. They are grateful for our financial support and our prayers.

Aldersgate's Partners on the Foreign Mission Field

These missionaries need our prayer support as well as the financial assistance we provide through the church budget. Please pray for them, their families, their ministries and those they serve.

 

Ed & Linda Baker, Global Resource Team - The Mission Society

After completing seven years in Paraguay, Ed & Linda moved their water ministry to Nicaragua where they spent two years. While in Paraguay and Nicaragua they completed 39 water projects and coordinated the construction of churches, schools and homes for pastors. Starting in January 2011, Ed & Linda took on a new challenge as Co-Directors and Water and Sanitation Specialists for The Mission Society’s Global Resource Team (GRT).  

Now they are sharing with other missionaries what they have learned working in the areas of water and sanitation in the developing world. Projects planned this year and beyond will take them to Africa, India, Thailand and Latin America. Ed & Linda feel strongly that their ministry is to use the gift of clean, abundant water as a mechanism to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ. This platform has proven very effective over the years. They pray God will continue to use them and bless their ministry as it expands around the world. Check out Ed and Linda's Website to learn more about them and their work. They need our prayers as well as the financial support we provide.
 

Paul & Sylvia Cummings, Spain - One Mission Society 

Since 1984, Paul and Sylvia Cummings have served in Spain as missionaries with OMS International, now One Mission Society. Their multifaceted ministry includes evangelism, discipleship, music, teaching English and computers, home Bible studies, camps, women’s ministry (including quilting) and men’s ministry (including boat building).  

After four years of serving as part of a pastoral team in Motril, the Cummings went to Madrid in 1990 where they have been supervisors in the exciting Marriage Encounter program, interim camp director of the Rock of Horeb camp (Paul) and director of the English ministries (Sylvia). Paul has also developed a ministry of offering computer classes in the church. Teaching English and computer builds a bridge between the community and the church and opens doors for presenting the Gospel. Visit Paul and Sylvia's website for more information.
 

Cameron & Anne Gongwer, Global Resource Team - The Mission Society

Dr. Cameron and Anne Gongwer served with The Mission Society (TMS) for 13 years in Ghana, West Africa, sharing the Gospel through health and literacy ministries. Cam, a physician, developed the Ankaase Methodist Faith Healing Hospital. Anne, an educator, developed the Reading Town Library in Ankaase. In 2012 they began a new phase of missions. As members of TMS’s Global Resource Team they will be able to expand their ministry of health and literacy to additional communities in Ghana and other countries.

Cam also leads Crosspoint Global Health, a collaborative health outreach in developing countries to transform communities into healthier places to live. When not traveling and serving internationally, the Gongwers reside in South Bend, Indiana, with their daughter Caylor. Want to pray more effectively for this family? Visit their website for more information.

Neal HicksNeal Hicks, Japan - The Mission Society

Neal Hicks and his wife Mari served in Japan for over 30 years, 21 of those with The Mission Society, before her death from esophageal cancer in March of 2012. Neal pastored a Free Methodist Church in Tokyo, ministering in a variety of culturally-appropriate ways, including feeding and clothing of the homeless. He has also served in leadership with the International VIP Club ministry, an outreach to unreached Japanese business men and women.

Neal is presently based in Tennessee, but he remains connected to the Tokyo homeless ministry and the churches he served in Japan. He is working to develop the VIP ministry among the Japanese workers at a huge Nissan plant near his home. Neal greatly values our prayers and financial support. Visit Neal's webpage to learn more.
 

Andrew & Margaret Howell, France - The Mission Society  

Andrew and Margaret Howell have been part of The Mission Society team to France for the past 14 years after having previously served in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Andrew serves as Director of Development for Famille Je t'Aime, a family ministry headquartered in eastern France. He and Margaret work to develop and strengthen the ministry’s network and contacts throughout France and teach conferences on family relationships.

After nearly two years on home assignment in Atlanta, Georgia, they returned to France in September 2011. They now reside in Buhl in eastern France near the German border but travel throughout France spreading the Gospel. They are delighted to have us on their support team and consider us an answer to prayer. Visit them online for more information.
 

Szabolcs Kerekes, Hungary - Church Resource Ministries

Szabolcs Kerekes has been involved in church planting in Hungary since 1998. He has published three books and translated materials for use in mentoring key pastors, church planters and future leaders. Szabolcs teaches by example, evangelizing and serving the poor, sick and outcast in many ways. He conducts several youth camps each summer and ministers regularly in a Budapest prison for girls.

We were pleased to have Szabolcs visit Aldersgate in October 2011. He shared with us the challenges of trying to reach the post-modern world of Eastern Europe with the Gospel. Szabolcs reported with great joy that he had been reunited with an old friend who shares his love for the Lord; he and Hajnal were married in April 2012. He appreciates our support and prayers.


Jim & Penie Koch, Jamaica - Kingdom Builders Ministry

Jim and Penie Koch have served with Kingdom Builders Ministry in Jamaica since 1996. Their goal is to assist people in identifying their God-given purpose in life and equipping them to fulfill that purpose. They are dedicated to sharing Christ's love with people in need by providing basic needs and abundant love. From their base in Whitehorse, Westmoreland, on the southern coast of Jamaica, they spread the Gospel to the surrounding communities of Jamaica.

The Kochs host short-term work teams and missionary interns and work with them to serve the needs of the poor, elderly and infirm. In July 2009, a team of 24 adults and youth from Aldersgate spent a life-changing week working with the Kochs, conducting VBS, doing home repairs, visiting a nursing home and a hospital to cheer and pray with the patients, and doing simple, but meaningful, tasks like carrying heavy containers of water for local residents. To learn more about Kingdom Builders Ministry, go to the Kingdom Builders website.

Mark Wittig, Colombia - Christian Union Sports Club

Mark Wittig served as a missionary with OMS International in Colombia for 25 years, but is now employed directly by the ministry he started and has nurtured during most of that time. He supervises the Christian Union Sports Club (CUSC), a city-wide sports program, which evangelizes and disciples over 1,000 children and youth of Medellín through soccer on a weekly basis. Mark, an ordained minister, is also involved in a church-planting ministry and was professor of missions at the Biblical Seminary of Colombia until recently.

2011 was a big year for Mark, his wife Elizabeth and their family. The summer was filled with exciting activities celebrating CUSC’s 20th anniversary. In October, they welcomed baby Jose’ Miguel. Please keep Mark and his ministry in your prayers. You can learn more about the Christian Union Sports Club at Christian Union Sports Club online.
 

Marion & Mary Woods, Costa Rica - Methodist Rural Center  

Marion and Mary Woods have served as retired missionaries in northern Costa Rica since their marriage in 1993. They run the Methodist Rural Center in Ciudad Quesada which serves as a religious retreat center for Costa Rican churches and as a base for volunteers working in nearby villages. They host several Volunteers in Mission work teams annually. Aldersgate teams have worked with Marion since 1984; Mary’s first trip to Costa Rica was with one of our teams in 1986.

For over 60 years, Marion has served as an evangelistic missionary establishing congregations and constructing chapels and parsonages throughout Costa Rica. At the age of 93 and with the help of his beloved Mary, he is still serving God in a remarkable way. To learn more about the Woods and their ministry, visit the Methodist Rural Center website. They are grateful for our financial support and our prayers.

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