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Projects done by churches in Pennsylvania that received Mission Match® funds

Summer 2012

Congregation in Pennsylvania ministers to needy and hurting in Tennessee community   (click to open/close)

  A Brethren in Christ congregation in Pennsylvania received a fourth Mission Match matching contribution to help fund a mission project. This mission trip was in a community in Tennessee, USA. According to the cover letter of the application materials received from the congregation, "the church did not have much of a concept of mission work beyond a handful of projects done within the community." The pastor continued, "I am excited to see the work God has done in our hearts over the past five years, and this year we [traveled] to Tennessee to offer our gifts and services to a community stricken with poverty and drug use."
  According to the application materials from the congregation, "[This community in] Tennessee has the highest drug use per capita in the world. It is estimated that 90% of high school students use drugs. This trip [focused] on ministering to the community through service projects and offering a chance for children to hear the Gospel through a children's club."
  Additional comments in the application materials stated, "What a blessing and transformation we have seen among our congregation in giving toward mission work and time spent reaching out to those in our community, our nation, and our world. None of this would have happened without your [Mission Match] help."
  Follow-up information received from the congregation after the completion of the mission trip stated, "Our group traveled to Tennessee to serve the community there. We gathered with a number of other churches from across the country and worked in teams. One group held a children’s camp in the morning. This camp focused upon teaching the children sports and the Gospel. Many of the children come from troubled homes and were able to experience the love of God in their lives."
  "Other groups worked in construction. This included roof repair for those who were unable to afford such work, and repairs made to a church in the community." The congregation's comments continued, "We had a number of people who had not been on a [mission] trip before, and it was a challenging experience for them to see God in the lives of others. It was also a joy to connect with other churches and Christians from across the country, seeking the face of God. Without your [Mission Match] help we would not have been able to be the hands and feet of Jesus."

August 2011

Congregation in Pennsylvania shares the Gospel through compassion and work projects in Pennsylvania, USA.   (click to open/close)

   A Brethren in Christ congregation in Pennsylvania received a third Mission Match matching contribution to help fund a mission project. This one was in a city in Pennsylvania, USA. According to the application materials received from the congregation, the plan was to join with other "local churches to minister to the homeless and to do small work projects for those in need." Additional comments on the congregation’s application stated, "The last two years we have seen our mission giving grow. Now we are seeing a new crop of outreach minded people who want to serve God!"

   According to information received from the congregation, some of the pictures from the mission trip include "children gathering for club time and using chalk to write encouraging messages to those who passed by and children hearing stories about God’s love for them." Pictures also include "children making crafts that connected the Bible story, memory verse and their lives. These crafts were meant for children to take home and share with their families." Additional comments indicated, “a block party was held for those in the community. Over two hundred people showed up for face painting, games, food and community building.

   Upon completion of the mission trip, the church follow-up comments stated, "We were able to share the Gospel with children and adults throughout the city in Pennsylvania. Thank you for sharing this opportunity with us. We had an excellent experience. What a joy it was to watch a teenage girl share the Gospel with a child and teach that child to pray. What a joy it was to see God use the members of the team to do things they never thought they could do. The team’s growing trust in God has begun to spread to our congregation, encouraging others to step out in faith and trust God."

August 2010

Congregation in Pennsylvania provides help for needy in Belize, Central America   (click to open/close)

A Brethren in Christ congregation in Pennsylvania received a second Mission Match matching contribution. This time the congregation had an international project, to fund a mission trip to Belize in Central America. According to the Mission Match Mission Spending Percentage Calculator from the church, total mission spending for the congregation, as a portion of total spending, was 5% in the year before the Mission Match matching contribution was received. Mission spending as a portion of total congregational spending increased to 19.5% in the year the first Mission Match matching contribution was received, apart from the matching contribution. The pastor commented on the Spending Calculator that, it was an eye opener to be able to do this. Mission Match application materials received from the church stated that in the mission trip to Belize, We are seeking the heart of God and longing to share His Name with the nations. That is why our congregation is taking its first ever international mission trip to Belize in Central America. This trip is a large step of faith in a number of ways. We are a small, country church and many in our community have never left the state, let alone the country. The application materials stated that the church would join together with a Belizean Church and under the direction of the pastor, help the most needy through both hands on and spiritual ministry. Our goal is to see God's work around the world and to stretch our own hearts to see His passion for all.

August 2010

Congregation in Pennsylvania conducts a culture camp in the Far East   (click to open/close)

A non-denominational congregation in Pennsylvania received a second Mission Match matching contribution to send a team to the Far East to assist in a summer youth camp. According to materials from the church, "This week long camp was designed for middle school age young people to learn more about their native culture and to build relationships with the missionary couple who work among them." Mission Match application materials from the church stated, "Last year your matching funds allowed us to send six of our members to assist with the camp. It was a huge success. It allowed our missionaries to build bridges to the unreached people group they minister among." Follow-up comments from the congregation indicated that their goal "was to encourage our missionaries and aid them in an event to continue building relationships with their minority group. The minority group we visited is often closed to outsiders. We saw God open doors as we were invited into their homes. Our friends in the country have been able to revisit villages because of our visit and have continued cultivating seeds that were planted." Additional follow-up comments stated, "People at our church were excited to give because they knew their gift would be matched. They were refocused on the importance of giving towards missions. Thanks to Mission Match, giving was above our goal and our team greatly benefited from it."

June - July 2009

Three Congregations from Pennsylvania and Georgia hold Culture Camp for youth education in China.   (click to open/close)

Three church congregations, one "non-denominational," one "interdenominational" and one "fundamental," two in Pennsylvania and one in Georgia, provided funds for youth education in China. Application materials for the congregations indicated that the funds raised for this project would provide meeting rooms and boarding costs for 250 students and 50 adults for 5 days at the camp. Supporting documents with the application stated, "this least-reached people group will celebrate their traditions while the Culture Bureau welcomes guests from the West to lead group activities and make this camp memorable and meaningful for these young people." According to the Mission Match application materials from one of the congregations, they wanted "to share Jesus authentically by building trust with the people." Another congregation's Mission Match application materials indicated, "We will demonstrate the love of Christ in many meaningful and practical ways." One worker would "serve the camp as part of a photography and videography team that will produce material to be put on the Cultural Web-site by the Culture Bureau. We are excited to have the opportunity to further the gospel of Christ to this unengaged and unreached people group." According to follow-up comments to Mission Match from one congregation, "The goal for us was to send workers to assist our missionaries by working at the Culture Camp. Another goal was to establish trust and hopefully long term relationships with families within a normally closed culture. We believe we were successful." Additional comments stated, "The opportunity to 'double' our giving dollars proved to be a great incentive. We used it to encourage people that any amount given would be more significant, that many small gifts added up to accomplish a great endeavor." The congregation stated in follow-up comments, "Our congregation always gives on a regular basis to missions and faith promise giving. But when asked for a special project, they dig deeper, especially with the incentive of matching funds. Mission Match is a great incentive for extra giving." The third congregation participating in this Culture Camp stated in follow-up comments, "The goal was to create relationships within a people group that could open opportunities for evangelizing. We accomplished our goal as far as we can humanly see. There were 160 young people at the camp, many national leaders and about 20 American believers. The numbers are just that, but we sense already the fact that this people group knows that we came for them as people." One congregation indicated in follow-up comments, "In tight economic times our people gave over and above our regular giving--in fact our regular giving did not diminish at all. We are amazed and thankful."

June 2009

Congregation in Pennsylvania builds homes and spreads the Gospel in West Virginia   (click to open/close)

A group of youth and adults from a congregation of the Brethren in Christ Church in Pennsylvania traveled to West Virginia "to bring hope to a struggling rural community," according to the congregation's Mission Match application materials. The goal, according to the application, was to build homes and spread the joy and love of Jesus Christ to people in the area. In follow-up comments from the church to Mission Match the pastor said, "We were able to build the Kingdom of God in West Virginia. This was wonderful for our congregation. In tough economic times we were able to turn their eyes to God who has a love for all people."

February 2009

Congregation in Pennsylvania builds a playground in the Philippines   (click to open/close)

A United Methodist congregation in PA sent a team of five to a small island in the Philippines. According to the congregation's Mission Match application materials, the matching funds were sought "to support our efforts to provide a playground, medical supplies, and rice to the people" of this island in the Philippines. According to the application materials, "this will be a two week venture. Our first goal, week one, is to build a playground for the children as they currently have only hard dirt ground to play on. The playground will include a slide, swing, and also a basketball hoop. The playground will be placed on the grounds outside their school facility, and it will be available not just to the schooled children but also those who cannot attend school due to insufficient funds. It is also a structure that will be useful year-round. Currently these children are playing in sewer water and we feel that this will give them a more safe and sanitary place to play. Our second goal, week two, will be to serve on a medical mission which will distribute thousands of dollars of medicine and medical services to individuals" in the area. The application materials continue, "During this same time, we will also be handing out bags of rice to the poorest of the poor. During these two weeks, we will also be sharing the word of God to these adults and children in the hope of bringing them to the Lord. We will provide Bible lessons to the children and hand out faith bracelets and Bibles so that they remember that God is always available to them." The church's Mission Match application letter stated, "This is the first effort of this magnitude that our church has supported as a church mission trip. We expect this to be the beginning of a new and wonderful experience in serving God internationally." In follow-up materials from the congregation it stated, "As a result of participating in a mission trip to the Philippines earlier this year, members of our congregation promised to return to build Ryan's Playground in memory of Ryan, who died while undergoing heart surgery at age 4. His father serves as pastor" at a church in Virginia. According to a church follow-up report to Mission Match, "The playground, dedicated in memory of Ryan and Dana, (the children in memory are that of the Philippine pastor who led the trip and a member of the team) was built in 2009. Much of the work was performed by the men and women of this island" (in the Philippines) along with the American team members. The follow-up comments continue, "The children and families of this small island were greatly blessed by this constant reminder of their Christian friends in the USA. This was the first and only playground within the many surrounding islands and created much interest." The follow-up report from the congregation also said, Philippine "school leaders asked, 'How was this done?' A teacher from the school, thought to be a non-believer of God, simply said it was a God thing!"

Summer 2006

Congregation in Pennsylvania gives food, clothing, and supplies in Mexico   (click to open/close)

A non-denominational church in Pennsylvania sent a team to Mexico. According to the congregation's Mission Match application, the congregation "is a small church that was only three years old" at the time of the application. According to their application, they sent "an evangelistic ministry team to meet the people at their point of need by distributing much needed food, clothing and supplies. The ultimate goal was to introduce people to Jesus and leave a lasting impression of Him on their hearts. The church provided rice, beans, clothing, Bibles, children's toys, and inspirational gifts for ministry." According to the church's Mission Match follow-up comments, "The congregation stepped up and gave even more that we expected."

July 2003

Congregation in Pennsylvania helps raise money to build a house in Paraguay   (click to open/close)

A United Methodist Church in Pennsylvania sent two individuals to Paraguay, South America. According to application materials, "It is a step of faith for our two members to go and expand the current vision of the church to spread the gospel to all the world." The team joined others in Paraguay to buy materials for and construct a home for a member of the local church. Medical supplies and eyeglasses were provided by donations from the church. Two portable sewing machines were also donated by the team's home church as well as funds to provide the purchase of sewing kits for sewing classes that were taught by the team members. According to the Pennsylvania congregation's follow-up report to Mission Match, this project "made our congregation aware of the needs of others and showed us that we can make a difference."