Belmont UMC is continuing its special giving focus in September aimed toward funding ministries in Malawi and Mexico. Last week, we highlighted the many ways Belmont is connected in Malawi. This week, we look at how your contributions could help the Give Ye Them to Eat (GYTTE) program in Mexico.

GYTTE operates the Tree of Life Center near the village of Tlancualpican in south central Mexico. It operates a wide variety of developmental projects, including training and teaching residents of local villages in health care, emphasizing pre-and post-natal care, economical and sustainable building of homes, sustainable agriculture, and composting commodes. Dependable transportation is vital to all of these. New missionaries Nan McCurty and Miguel Mairena, who visited Belmont in April, say that new trucks to replace old ones are critical to GYTTE. The trucks could be used to transport materials, workers, milk for sale, and much more.

The Outreach Committee hopes to raise $5,000 from your donations this month for Malawi and another $5,000 for Mexico. The monies could go a long way toward making Nan and Miguel’s dream of a new truck a reality.

From the September 9 Belmont News newsletter:

In April we supported our neighbors in Nashville through an offering to Brighter Days, an after-school program in the Edgehill neighborhood. In September, we will share our love with neighbors in Mexico and Malawi. You can imagine how our gifts, prayers, and service will get on planes and buses to visit and support the organizers of those beloved ministries.

In the past three decades, Belmont UMC has had a partnership ministry with the growing UMC in Malawi. Daniel Mhone, a co-superintendent of the provisional conference there, speaks gratefully and energetically of our pioneering partnership which has grown the seedling, budding, and flowering ministries of many areas of life: Malawi UMC inception, construction of church buildings and parsonages, vehicles for traveling to far-flung worship locations, farming, women’s empowerment, youth empowerment, nursery schools, borehole wells, food for nursery schools, food relief during famine, our missionary family the Olivers, Volunteers In Mission trips for adults and youth, and so much more.

On September 9, 16 and 23, you will hear church members speak of the rewarding experiences they have had in Malawi and Mexico (which we will focus on next week). As you hear their stories, remember that the beautiful flowering of the experiences grew from the flower bed. Picture how the Belmonters got to those adventures, through donations such as yours. Our goal is to raise $5,000 for each of these ministries, with all proceeds going directly to each.