International Missionary Support and Ministry
Raising Hope, Inc. - Ukraine
Ruslan (Ukrainian) and Archana (American) Tkachuk, founders of Raising Hope, have been helping children, orphanages, families, and churches in Ukraine since 2004. They partner with many organizations and churches throughout the USA and Europe, believing in the concept of working together for one purpose - helping others through the love of Christ. One of their main ministries is taking in foster children from orphanages and giving them a loving, permanent home. They have been parents to 18 children since their marriage in 2004 and currently have 9 children in their home - 2 biological dughters, 2 foster sons, and 5 foster daughters. They serve as host partners and facilitators fro "Mission of Love" teams sent by First UMC. (Click here for the 2016 Summer Mission of Love report). Contact Beth Valentine Louder for more information.
St. Luke's UMC - Kyiv, Ukraine
St. Luke's UMC was founded in 2008 to offer participants in the St. Luke's UMC Family Center ministry the opportunity to gather for Sunday worship. Its founding pastor was Rev. Bill Lovelace, a UMC General Board of Global Ministries missionary. In 2001, with the departure of Pastor Bill from Ukraine, leadership for the congregation was assumed by Ruslan Bandarchuk, a Ukrainian citizen and newly licensed local pastor who had served for two years as Pastor Bill's assistant. St. Luke's is a very small congregation of mainly children and youth from the surrounding neighborhood. First UMC and St. Luke's UMC Kyiv became partner churches in 2014.
Work Camp for Watsontown Church at Lionel Town
Since 1995, First Church has sent various work and witness teams to host Bible School and complete various construction projects for Watsonton Methodist Church and Basic School in Lionel Town, Jamaica. In August 2014, FUMC returned to Jamaica to continue our relationship with Watsonton and for the dedication of their new church building. For more information contact, Scott Rothenhoefer.