Mission Opportunities in 2017
Washington D.C. Justice and Service Trip
June 18th - June 24th, 2017
Join Meridian Street on an intergenerational, work trip to the Nation’s Capital and the General Board of Church and Society to learn how we as individuals and as a church community can actively address issues of generational poverty: gun violence, homelessness, & hunger. The first 3 days will include interactive classes, a field trip and a tour of the Capitol. The last two days we will be working in a soup kitchen ministry. Late afternoons and evenings free for sightseeing.
Want to learn more about social justice issues such as hunger, homelessness, poverty, and mass incarceration all while enjoying a tasty breakfast?! Then please join us on Sun, Feb 12, 2017, at 11:45 a.m. in Fellowship Hall to learn about our mission trip to Washington D.C. this June 18-24. This is also Mission Breakfast Sunday, so do not forget to grab some breakfast before our meeting begins.
Contact Dan Gangler at or Carolyn Kingen at for more information.
Bolivia with Andean Rural Healthcare
July 28-August 10, 2017
Meridian Street UMC is sending a work team to the Bolivian city of Montero. Scheduled for July 28-August 12, 2017, the trip will be for adults (18 and over) and involve both light construction and medical work. It will be carried out in association with Andean Rural Health Care, a medical organization that provides preventative and curative health care to children, families and communities. Meridian Street UMC has been a longtime supporter of its efforts and has identified it as a major benefactor of its world missions program. Earlier work teams from the church traveled to Montero, Bolivia in 1995, 2004, 2010 and 2013.
For more information or to express interest in the trip please contact trip leader David Gorden at .
Midwest Distribution Center in Chatham IL
Oct 29th - Nov 1st, 2017
Meridian Street has been in mission with the Midwest Distribution Center, which distributes items for the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR), for more than ten years. This very efficient and thrifty organization has helped God’s people in need locally, nationally and around the world. When disaster strikes, the distribution center is ready to send supplies such as cleaning buckets, school desks, health, layette, bedding, birthing, sewing and school kits where needed. For example, in 2015 they sent out 8,098 health kits and 3,541 school kits.
Contact Sally Peters, for more information.
You are invited to help serve the needs of people and communities in the United States and throughout the world. The Mission Team focuses on serving and supporting those in need outside of the Central Indiana area in cooperation with established churches or missions. We work globally and nationally with organizations that are the hands and hearts of Jesus Christ throughout the world.
We are in committed mission partnerships with Andean Rural Healthcare based in Montero, Bolivia which helps provide healthcare for mountain communities lacking these resources. http://csra-bolivia.org
We also partner with Fairfield Outreach and Sponsors Association that supports the Fairfield Children’s Homes at the Old Mutare Mission in Zimbabwe. http://fosakids.org/ Through community orphaned children are raised in a loving and supportive way and empowered to thrive. We send teams and/or help resource.
Finally, we send a team each year to the Midwest Mission Distribution Center in Chatham, Illinois. Teams join the efforts to help prepare supplies for natural disasters around the world. http://www.midwestmissiondc.org/
Our newest mission partner is Mission Guatemala based in highlands of San Andres. This mission is passionate about collaborating with communities to help improve health, education and nutrition. http://missionguatemala.com/
We support the work of missionaries and ministries in the Congo, Malawi, South Africa, and Haiti as well as respond to immediate recovery needs such as flood relief in Columbus and tornado relief in Henryville.
In addition to these mission partnerships, we have over the past few years sent mission teams to:
- build a church in Alaska
- help the Navajo community with construction projects and bible school in Cove, Arizona
- provide disaster relief following Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans
- help with weatherization and home improvement projects in Appalachia
- help build “flood buckets” at the Midwest Disaster Center in Chatham, Illinois
- staff soup kitchens in Washington D.C.
- encourage community development in Cuba
Other organizations and efforts supported by the global outreach efforts include:
Operation Classroom in Liberia and UMCOR efforts in Haiti and Japan. Buey Arriba Cuba UM Church, Cuba; Fairbanks Native Bible Church, Alaska; Four Corners Ministry, Cove, Arizona; Girdwood Chapel UM Church, Alaska; Henderson Settlement, Kentucky; Hillcrest AIDS Center Trust; South Africa, Kuaba Humanitarian Foundation, Zimbabwe; Rhukang and Fresie Chikomb, Congo, Rutherford Banda, Malawi.
Contact Rev. Matt Landry if you would like more information.