Serve - Beyond This Area

Piedras Negras, Mexico is a border town of countless orphans.  Parents attempting to cross the border leave their children in the city with no means of support. Many of the children become homeless without a family to provide food and shelter.  James 1:27 calls us as Christians to minister to the orphans and widows.  The House of Mercy (Casa de Misericordia) is designed to provide this care both physically and spiritually.  The House of Mercy will provide temporary housing for 106 children, Food, Clothing, and Christian Education.

May 1, 2017 Update:  We asked for gift cards to help rebuild the house that burned down in January, and you so generously contributed.  Thank you!  Those funds have been sent to Mexico to be used in the restoration of the property.  In the meantime, Laurel LaFrance has extended her mission to the orphanage for at least another six months (she was originally scheduled to complete her two-year mission in March, 2017).  Dios bendiga a Laurel, y puede continúan prosperando en México!  (God bless Laurel, and may she continue to thrive in Mexico!)

For information please contact Mary Anne Wenner by clicking here or contacting the church office at 937-642-4712.

Partners in ministry . . . Our sister church in Cuba


I joined the Cuba team last year because I was excited to hear about the revival happening in the South, interested in learning about another culture—particularly one seeming both so near to us and so far—and hopeful that perhaps we can use some of our abundant blessings to help fellow Christians in their journey. 

Though I was not one of the team members that travelled down to Cuba last Fall, I have learned a lot about Cuban culture and Cuban worship just by being part of the project team—seeing the videos the group took of Sunday worship, becoming acquainted with how Cubans conduct business as we sort through the logistics of buying a church building, and meeting Pastor Adria and Reverend Guillermo when they visited Marysville.  I’ve learned that Cuban people crave God deeply, worship loudly and passionately (and at great length), and pray fervently. This gives me inspiration for our own untapped possibilities for worship.

In addition to starting to learn about the Cuban people through this project, I’ve also gained some beautiful insights into our own church family. I’ve learned about our generosity, as I’ve seen how quickly funds were gathered and made available, first for a car, bought through the efforts of the United Methodist Men and the Winter Bluegrass Series, and then for a new church building, with the entire $62,500 purchase price being collected in a mere matter of months. I’ve also learned about our team’s capacity for patience and perseverance while working through the peculiar snags arising from a house purchase made across the boundaries of a society very different from our own, and one which is changing politically and economically on a day-to-day basis.

We are now very close to completing the purchase, and as we navigate the tricky waters of Cuban real estate, we continue to gain spiritual lessons in faith, trust and acceptance. The Spirit is alive and well and moving in Cuba and here in Marysville; it’s a blessing to feel the rushing wind on our faces!                                             

Brian Luke


Contributions raised for our sister church in Barbosa are just over $63,000.  We are close to purchasing the property, and we wait and pray expectantly as the wheels in Cuba are turning.  The title is now in the hands of the government’s Physical Planning Institute, and we are awaiting their resolution.  The purchase price has been set with the owner at $62,500, and we are negotiating the logistics of getting the money to the seller.  Moving money in and out of Cuba is not the easiest thing to do.  We hope to complete the sale in the next several months, and are beginning to think about a return trip this fall to help with projects around the property, or even to work in ministry together through a VBS or other project.  ¡Que Dios siga bendiciendo ricamente nuestra asociación con Barbosa!  (May God continue to richly bless our partnership with Barbosa!)

UPDATE ON CUBA -- 8/2/2017
We await word from the Cuban government that the transfer paperwork is complete.  In the meantime, we are short of the purchase price by $4,187.39.  To make a gift to help us reach the goal, please make your check out to FUMC with Cuba on the memo line.  Muchas gracias!
Total Contributions to Date             64,936.55
Currency Conversion/Transfer Fees              (4,360.20)
Work Project @ Meth. Seminary                 (568.74)
Cuban Govt. Transfer Fees              (1,500.00)
Cuba Team Online Training                 (195.00)
Current Balance in Cuba Account             58,312.61
Purchase Price of House             62,500.00
Funds Still Needed               4,187.39



Educational Concerns for Hunger Organization (ECHO) in Athens, Ohio:

Approximately 925 million people in the world are hungry. ECHO empowers small-scale farmers to increase their harvests, and the nutritional diversity of their crops. We educate, equip and share sustainable solutions to hunger!



The vision of Good Works is to create a COMMUNITY OF HOPE with and for people who are struggling with poverty and homelessness in rural Appalachia. As a Christian community, we are seeking to grow in our love for God and for our neighbor. We offer contexts through which people in need can experience biblical hospitality, access practical assistance, and share their gifts with others. In doing so, we facilitate ways for people from all walks of life to build relationships of love and service with their neighbors.

  • Empowering and transforming lives
  • Providing shelter for people experiencing homelessness
  • Offering life-changing opportunities to love our neighbors

Good Works exists to connect people from all walks of life with people in poverty so that the kingdom of God can be experienced.  

For more information, reach out to Mary Anne Wenner by clicking here or contact the church office at 937-642-4712. 

Good Works Inc. - Athens, Ohio

Good Works exists to connect people from all walks of life with people in poverty so that the Kingdom of God can be experienced. The vision of Good Works is to create a Community of Hope with and for people who are struggling with poverty, homelessness, and recovery issues in rural Appalachia.  The ministry of Good Works is about loving God and loving our neighbors. Sometimes loving our neighbors means providing a place for them to live. Other times it means sharing a meal together. We also love our neighbors by giving them a place of service so they can love their neighbors. Sometimes our neighbors are children and sometimes they are senior citizens. Neighbors Helping Neighbors is our effort to love our neighbors who are elderly and/or disabled. We want to provide volunteers to these types of low-income homeowners who are not able to care for their property. DSC00342  for more information click here, or contact the church office at 937-642-4712.






Combs, brushes and hair accessories


Hats, scarfs and gloves


Deodorant and bar soap


Raisins, animal crackers, cheese crackers (NO CANDY OR GUM)


Coloring books, activity books, journals


Flip Flops, socks, sun glasses


School supplies


Crayons, markers, colored pencils


Chap stick, small package of Kleenex

This list is a suggestion; please feel free to donate any other items you would like. However, no candy, gum, toothpaste, tooth brushes or liquids. The collection box is located in the BFLC entrance.

For questions contact Cathy Ellis at (614) 397-9190 or