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On May 31, 2016, Mission Match reached its current distribution level.

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June 2016

Congregation in Indiana provides help in building a home for a pastor and his family, visit homes near the site to distribute food, Bibles and pray with those in need.   (click to open/close)

A Southern Baptist Church congregation in Indiana received its first Mission Match Matching Contribution for a team trip to Nicaragua. They planned to build a house for a local pastor, and reach out into the community.

Some years ago, the mission agency coordinating the trip asked this same pastor if he wanted a new home, since rain poured in his roof. At that time, the pastor said he would prefer Sunday school classrooms so the children could gather. The agency built the classrooms back then.

Now, the mission agency wanted help building the pastor in Nicaragua a home. That’s where the Indiana congregation came in. The mission team spent one week building the new home, as well as, going door-to-door distributing food, Bibles and praying with those in need. They also invited the local people to attend a nearby church.

April 2016

Congregation from Illinois supports a missionary doing Bible translation in Tanzania.   (click to open/close)

A United Methodist church from Illinois received its third Mission Match Matching Contribution. This time they wanted to support a missionary who works with Wycliffe Bible Translators in Tanzania, Africa. In her update, the missionary stated, "Most of the language groups we work with were oral societies, and did not have a written orthography (alphabet). Language assessment teams and linguists spend many years learning the language, identifying the sounds and creating a written alphabet, recording vocabulary, and studying how the grammar works ... As we get closer to the finished publications, there is more and more spiritual opposition." Later in her update, the missionary also stated, "I can’t help but think that every day we are delayed, how many fewer people will live to know?" She asks for specific prayer that God would continue to protect this work.

A member of the mission team at the church receiving the Matching Contribution commented about the effect of participation in Mission Match: "I feel that people are growing in their mission awareness and also in their giving. Working with R_(missionary) has given us the opportunity to know more about the global impact that we can have on bringing Christ to others." Additional comments were made by this member of the church's mission team, regarding the growing interest in missions within the congregation: "Our Mission Committee is looking at working with another mission in Africa. We are just starting to look but there is great interest in this type of mission work."

December 2015

Parish in Illinois provides funds for renovating maternity clinic in Kenya   (click to open/close)

A Roman Catholic parish in Illinois has received its first Mission Match® Matching Contribution. This Matching Contribution went towards helping one of their parishioners, a medical missionary who has been serving in Africa over the past 26 years. This parishioner and her team used the funds to renovate a Diocesan maternity clinic in Kenya. The priest from the parish in Illinois wrote, "Our community is deeply grateful to you for joining with us to help our sisters and brothers in need … Your generous matching gift will help bring Christ's healing touch to all the families who are served by the … Maternity Clinic."

According to the comments the parish passed on from Kenya, the renovation was a great success. "I have never seen a project run so smoothly and actually get done on time within the budget," the medical doctor in Kenya wrote."Am happy that our community has a place to get help on maternal services," wrote another team member.

Support documentation said the Kenyan Archdiocese has a goal of providing high quality health care service to all regardless of ethnicity, religious preference, race, or sex. The Archdiocese’s 19 clinics serve a population of over 3 million people.

October 2015

Congregation in Illinois helps build homes for families in El Salvador   (click to open/close)

    An Evangelical Lutheran Church in America congregation in Illinois received a Mission Match matching contribution to send a mission team of 8 individuals to El Salvador. The mission team worked with Habitat for Humanity to build homes for local families. In addition to building homes, another stated goal for this congregation was "for people of [church] to see how lucky we are to live in a country where we have so many things and to appreciate what we have. Also to see how we are able to help these people improve their lives in a very small way." A comment in the congregation’s mission bulletin states, "We all go to El Salvador to give people there the love and help needed in building homes, but to our surprise we come home with more than we have given."

    This was the fifth trip to El Salvador made by members of this congregation. Having been to the same area of El Salvador on previous mission trips, members of this congregation were able to reconnect with individuals with whom they worked and helped in the past. As stated in the congregation’s mission bulletin, "Relationships like the one with L___ (from U.S.) and L____(in El Salvador), who remember each other from the 2014 worksite at the church, are part of the lifelong witness we hope to have alongside the people of El Salvador."

    In addition to rekindling old friendships, new relationships were formed for members of the mission team. One team member was quoted in the congregation’s mission bulletin: "What I didn’t realize in the beginning of the week, was that we would have an opportunity to build relationships with the people in the neighborhood. Rainy weather gave us an opportunity to spend time with the ladies from a co-op that was formed in Getsemani (the neighborhood in Ahauchuapan where our Habitat house was being built). They cook, sew, make jewelry, etc. We purchased jewelry from them and they told us about the beads they used … These ladies showed us tremendous hospitality throughout the entire week."

    Follow-up comments stated: "The trips we have gone on have been supported 100% by our congregation in the gifts of money to support the trips but most of all in the stories we bring back to the people are very touching and the congregation is so interested in hearing the stories … This was a great experience for all 8 of us to see just how lucky we are to live in the USA and have so many of God’s gifts. Thank you empty tomb for your help."