Paxtonville UMC participates in local, national, and global outreach as Jesus directed his disciples in Acts 1:8, “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem (locally), and in all Judea and Samaria (nationally), and to the ends of the earth (globally).” (NIV)
One global outreach of Paxtonville UMC ties Sierra Leone, West Africa to PUMC through the Sierra Leone Initiative (SLI) of the Susquehanna Conference of the United Methodist Church. We hold a covenant relationship with the SLI to provide salary support for full time pastors in Sierra Leone. Paxtonville UMC contributes $1,500 a year to help other Susquehanna Conference churches support almost 90 full time pastors in a country whose economy prevents individual congregations from supporting full time pastors.
The secondary work of the Initiative partners congregations in Sierra Leone with congregations in the Susquehanna Conference. Churches connect in prayer, with mission trips, and financially to help a SL congregation reach its dreams. Paxtonville UMC partners with Tombodu UMC in eastern SL. Mission trips to Tombodu with congregational meetings, as well as correspondence by hand carried letters (via yearly SL guests), emails, and WhatsApp phone calls and texts help build the relationship between Tombodu and Paxtonville. In the past, we provided Bibles, remodeled the parsonage, provided school supplies to the United Methodist Primary School (grades 1 – 6) in Tombodu, increased the wall height of the church during the installation of a new roof on the church, as well as provided kitchen supplies to the UM Women and readers (glasses) for Tombodu residents.
Currently, we make available seven scholarships for young adults to attend university or teacher training institutions. In addition, a request from an elderly lady during our last congregational meeting in Tombodu highlighted the need for bathrooms at the church. Every one in the meeting agreed with the lady. How would you like to be at church for three-hour services and have no bathroom available to use?
Please pray for our scholarship recipients: Ann, Mary, Samuel, Victor, Moses, Sahr, and Kalie. Pray also for God to guide Paxtonville’s fundraising for scholarships for 2020-2021 and for the development of bathroom facilities at Tombodu UMC.