International missions offer both the chance to be the hands and feet of Christ for those living in very different circumstances than what we enjoy here, and also to learn from the Christians and missionaries living there. Learn more about our international mission opportunities below.
Transforming the world through international outreach
In 1995, Advent provided Pastor William Makali with $5,000 and a promise of continued support as he returned to his childhood home in Tanzania to bring the word of Jesus Christ to his people after completing his Masters of Divinity degree at Erskine College.
Recognizing that Jesus calls us to feed the hungry and care for the sick, as well as share our faith, Pastor Makali set out to develop medical support, preschool education, and a children’s meal program.
In 2004, Advent Member Jerry Warren founded Full Dimension Ministry (FDM) USA as a not-for-profit organization to help support Pastor Makali. William, Jerry, Advent and Mauldin UMCs have worked together to build a medical clinic, a preschool, a freshwater well, and support buildings for FDM.
In 2013, Advent helped initiate efforts to eradicate Rabies in the Yulansoni Valley. Rabies kills 25,000 people in Africa each year. In 2014, Steve Hendrix, member of Mauldin UMC, moved to Tanzania as Full Dimension Missions USA’s first full-time missionary, directing the daily operations of the mission in conjunction with Pastor Makali.
Advent sends mission teams to Tanzania on a regular basis, generally every three years.
- In 2013, a team of 11 (8 from Advent) led Bible School and conducted seven rabies clinics throughout the Valley.
- In 2016, a team of 11 conducted 8 rabies clinics, led Bible School and worked on the structures of the mission.
- To date, over 2000 dogs have been vaccinated in the Valley which is in effect saving lives.
Cuba is a beautiful country with a high rate of poverty. Christianity is on the rise in Cuba and the United Methodist Church of Cuba is doubling every four years!
Since 2009, a United Methodist Volunteers in Mission Team (UMVIM) travels yearly to Cuba from Advent. In 2016, we became a sister church to Iglesia Methodista de la Boca de Camarioca. Advent supports our sister UMC financially, in addition to praying for our sister church and sending teams.
In the summer of 2013, Advent sent its first-ever, all-Advent, international, mission team to Panajachel, Guatemala to work with the United Methodist Volunteers in Mission (UMVIM) ministry Mission Guatemala.
Tom Heaton, a United Methodist Pastor from Indiana, started Mission Guatemala in 2009. Mission Guatemala exists to help the poor of Guatemala and has a mission site in San Andrés that includes a medical clinic, dental clinic, and preschool/nutrition center.
Advent sends two teams yearly including a February team and a summer team for the graduating class. In addition, Advent supports financially the Becas con Misión scholarship program of Mission Guatemala, which provides scholarships for students who desire to continue their education past sixth grade.
Rise Against Hunger is a terrific way to participate in hands-on international missions without ever leaving the country. By partnering with Rise Against Hunger through financial support and hosting packaging events, Advent helps provide food in destitute places around the world.
Since 2011, Advent has been a part of packaging almost 1.5 million meals!
The Sewing Ministry of Advent began with a call to an Advent member. She and many of her friends sew, and there was a need for pillowcases, dresses, and shorts for one of Advent’s international mission teams. The Sewing Ministry was born out of that call and need! The sewing ministry provides pillowcases, dresses, and shorts for children in Tanzania and Cuba, and blankets for babies in Guatemala.
Operation Christmas Child is a ministry of Samaritan’s Purse, a nondenominational evangelical Christian organization providing spiritual and physical aid to hurting people around the world.
Since 1970, Samaritan’s Purse has helped meet needs of people who are victims of war, poverty, natural disasters, disease, and famine with the purpose of sharing God’s love through His Son, Jesus Christ. The organization serves the church worldwide to promote the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.