First United Methodist Church of Arlington is a welcoming community growing in grace together by reaching out not only to our neighbors down the street, but to our neighbors around the globe.
For years this church, the oldest in Arlington, has had mission and outreach in other parts of the world. They have helped provide clothing, water electricity—and even Christmas presents—to needy populations.
Among the church’s current outreach programs are:
Mission Possible Russia
Established in 1999, this project pairs our church with Svetlaya UMC, a sister church in Khabarovsk, Russia. FUMC of Arlington provides support to a church which ministers not only to families, but also local street children. This project, lead by church member Bill Shelton, has sent money for essentials such as jeans, socks and underwear for the children.
Operation Christmas Child
An outreach of the Samaritan’s Purse led by evangelist Franklin Graham, this program distributes shoe boxes filled with toys, clothes and books to children in poverty-stricken and war-torn countries. To help, contact Michelle Clark, mission and outreach coordinator, at 817-274-2571.
Power from the Son
This unique project led by Steve Vincent began as a way to provide electrical service in undeveloped countries. Congregation members traveled to Ganta, Liberia for its initial project in 2009.
Maua Methodist Hospital, Kenya
The church supports this hospital in a number of ways, including sending local teams with medical supplies as well as collecting donations. There is also a hospital service fund, where a $15 a month gift will pay for the medical bills of orphans or other in need patients.
AIDS Orphans Feeding and Education Support
A $10 a month donation feeds and provides for primary school age children with AIDS including school uniforms, books, shoes and spiritual guidance.
The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to alleviating human suffering around the globe. UMCOR’s work reaches people in more than 80 countries, including the United States. They provide humanitarian relief when war, conflict, or natural disaster disrupt life to such an extent that communities are unable to recover on their own.