Missions

Serving at Home and Throughout the World

Because of the great love we have experienced in Christ, our mission is to share His love to others by investing in our community, nation, and world. We desire to push beyond ordinary service and engage in extraordinary opportunities for life-changing engagement with people. No matter your age or ability, there is a place for you to invest in the ministry partnerships we’ve formed with our community and the world. 


Local Missions

Our mission begins right here in our community as we invest locally through partnerships with ministries and organizations here in Bay County. Our main areas of focus locally are education and work with children in need, assisting persons with disabilities, poverty-alleviation, and foster/adoptive family support. 

Through our partnerships with Southport Elementary, New Horizons Learning Center, our Mobile Food Pantry, and the Hardly Able wheel chair ramp ministry, we are able to share Christ’s love right here in Bay County. 

Click the Program Names below to learn more about each ministry. 

 


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To sign up to serve with any of these ministries, please fill out our Interest Form and someone will connect with you soon!

U.S. and International Missions

Our mission continues as we go beyond our community and reach out to those in need throughout our country and world.  God calls us to go into all the world and share His love. In response to that call, we have partnered with friends around the globe so that everyone will know His name and have a chance to live eternally with Him.

We have the great joy of partnering with friends in Uganda, Honduras, Mexico and Ecuador. Yearly international mission trips along with visits from our friends from these places keeps us connected and allows us to invest in what God is doing in our world. If you are interested in being on one of our upcoming Mission Trip teams, please complete our Mission Trip Application.

 



DURANGO, MEXICO


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We support the mission of the Martinez Family in Durango, Mexico financially, prayerfully, and through short-term mission opportunities.
 
Jorge Martinez and Yulimar Gil lead New Life Ministries in Durango. The ministry was founded in 1998 by Jorge's parents. In 2009 Jorge was appointed as Senior Pastor and has been serving there in that capacity since then. Jorge and Yuli have one son, Santiago.

LHUMC members travel to Durango to support the work of New Life Ministries to share the Gospel with Durango's children and youth.  



UGANDA


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Missionaries Jack Williams and Dale Jones lead a trip to Uganda approximately once a year. Our church has committed to supporting the building of two church/school buildings each year to further the Gospel in remote areas of Uganda. 




HONDURAS


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Lynn Haven UMC is proud to partner with and support New Vision Baptist Church in Honduras and two fantastic organizations that serve the people of Honduras: 

Pumping for Life

Emerald Coast Missions 

Teams from Lynn Haven travel to Honduras regularly to support various projects including construction, clean water sourcing, medical outreach, and teaching the Gospel to children at Vacation Bible School programs.



OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD




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Our church collects shoeboxes full of gifts, school supplies, and personal care items to deliver to children all over the world. 

Every shoebox gift delivered by Operation Christmas Child is a tangible expression of God’s amazing love. But a shoebox is just the beginning. It also presents an opportunity in more than 100 countries for our church partners to invite children into a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ through The Greatest Journey.



UNITED METHODIST CHILDREN'S HOME


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The United Methodist Children’s Home has helped transform the lives of thousands of hurting children in Alabama and Northwest Florida since 1890. Lynn Haven UMC is proud to support the UMCH financially and through other support. Every child deserves a loving home, and a chance to thrive. UMCH provides safe homes, caring support and life skills to vulnerable children and youth who are unable to live with their families. Each child follows an individualized plan of care developed by highly trained caregivers. The goals of the plan are to increase self-reliance, emotional stability, spiritual growth, and interpersonal competence.



UMCOR
DISASTER RELIEF


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Lynn Haven UMC financially supports the work UMCOR is doing locally and around the world to help disaster victims. Our Associate Pastor Chris Ackerman is currently serving as the Hurricane Michael Recovery Director for UMCOR, in partnership with the Alabama-West Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church.   

In addition to many other services, UMCOR provides early response training that covers the basics of early disaster response, including roof tarping, cleaning out damaged homes, spiritual and emotional care, team protocols, and more. The purpose of the training is to prepare United Methodist Volunteers to do good and do no harm.