Members of LMUMC are involved in local, national, and global missions. It is our belief that wherever there is human need, the church is called to mission. We are the hands and feet of Jesus and the agents of God's love and grace to all people.
Lester Memorial actively supports mission work in Honduras by sending people, prayers, food, eyeglasses, and financial support. The “It’s a God Thing Team” annually travels to Honduras and provides free eye exams and eyeglasses to the people of this extremely poor nation while at the same time spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ. We provide Spanish Bibles and prayer on site and work with local pastors to ensure that new church relationships continue after the team returns home. Additionally, we support a home and education for at-risk teenage girls as well as a local orphanage.
Contact: Jim Sims-
Appalachian Service Project is a Christian ministry, open to all people, that inspires hope and service through volunteer home repair and replacement in Central Appalachia. Since 1969, ASP has made homes warmer, safer, and drier for low-income families and provided transformational service experiences for volunteers.
Contact: Neal Brooks-
Many families with children in Oneonta struggle with having enough food. While schools can assist with free breakfast and lunch programs, these are not available on the weekends. Lester Memorial has partnered with other local churches to provide food for children in need, so they have nourishment on the weekends too. We purchase food, pack an individual bag for each child, then deliver the bags to the school where the staff place them in the child’s backpack to take home.
Contact: Jim Sims-
LMUMC partners with Kids International Ministries (KIM) in Manila, Philippines to send teams and supplies every year. KIM is a non-profit charity that focuses on breaking the cycle of poverty by loving, teaching, and serving. This is done through the ministry's Children's Home, a large school, feeding programs, a pregnancy clinic, and much more.
Contact: Beverly Anderson-
Lester Memorial has made several trips to Dakar Senegal to partner with the Senegal UMC. Anna Goode and Edouard Ndecky began a children’s ministry when Anna was a missionary in Dakar. This ministry grew to churches in the areas around Dakar. The ministry provided day camps, feeding programs, and education for the children. There was also an outreach to the children in the streets of Dakar. Since their return to Oneonta, Anna and Edouard have led teams from Lester to work with the children’s ministry. In addition to the children’s ministry, we have partnered with the UM church to provide salary support for the pastors of the United Methodist churches in Senegal. We are grateful to be able to share God’s love with the people of Senegal.
Contact: Anna Goode-
Sleep in Heavenly Peace Oneonta Chapter is a charity that provides twin beds to children who don’t have beds of their own. We service kids ages 3 to 17 years old in Blount County. We partner with organizations, churches, businesses and individuals to build the beds. We are a group of volunteers dedicated to getting kids off the floor. We provide suitable beds, mattresses and bedding to each kid. Through the wonderful efforts of volunteers and generous donations, bunk beds are built, assembled and delivered to those kids who are otherwise sleeping on couches, blankets or even floors. Our mission at SHP is that no kid sleeps on the floor in our town.
Contact: Christy Buckner- https://www.facebook.com/SHPOneonta