We believe that our neighbors are throughout the world.  While we have supported projects in many regions of the world, we have a strong connection with several projects in Africa.

Imagine No Malaria

Every 60 seconds malaria claims a life in Africa. Imagine No Malaria is an extraordinary effort of the people of the United Methodist church, putting our faith into action to end preventable deaths by malaria in Africa, especially the death of a child or a mother. You can help! Pick a mosquito off the net in the narthex. Make a donation ($10 buys one net)  to the church for Imagine No Malaria.



Jon & Kate Shaw in the Congo

With VanFUMC as their church home, Jon & Kate have been blessed with incredible supporters for many years as they have prepared for a long-term commitment in Congo.Jon is teaching at the Christian Bilingual University and Kate will be a nurse at the hospital. Keep up with Jon and Kate’s mission work at

Ezekiel and Lucy Wainaina

Ezekiel Wainaina and his wife, Lucy, have worked among the Aweer tribe in the Lamu region of Kenya for years. They are part of Karen Community Church (KCC) in Nairobi and were sent out as KCC missionaries to Lamu, where they now live and work full time. Their work among the Aweer is primarily focused on providing education and medical aid using these efforts as a platform for sharing the gospel. During their recent trip to the USA, VanFUMC was proud to raise $3000 toward the purchase of two need motor scooters for use in their mission work. Thank you to everyone who helped support this effort!