Global Missions

International Missionary Support and Ministry

Rev. John Calhoun
General Board of Global Ministries of the Methodist Church
Kiev, Ukraine

Rev. John is the Coordinator of International Ministries, providing guidance and leadership training along with Bible study for international students in Kiev.

Megan Ginder Melicharova*
United World Mission
Prague, Czech Republic

Megan is the leader of discipleship programs in the local Czech church; also involved in outreach programs for young adults who have grown up in a predominantly atheistic country.

*A daughter of First UMC

Jamaica Ministry

Support for the restoration and maintenance of Watsonton Methodist Church to encourage the spiritual education and well being of the children and members of the Lionel Town, Jamaica community.

Sierra Leone Initiative

The Sierra Leone Initiative is a ministry of the Susquehanna Conference to provide medical clinics, schools, theological training, trade schools and other resources to assist recovery from the ravages of war. Our partner congregation is the Methodist Church in Kissy Brook-Moyiba.


Since 2008, First UMC has partnered with Moyiba “Kissy Brook” UMC in Freetown, Sierra Leone, through the Susquehanna Conference’s Sierra Leone Initiative. Moyiba UMC needs our help to build a permanent structure.

Their original building was condemned and demolished in 2017. They currently hold worship services and run a school in a temporary structure of tarps and corrugated sheet metal. Moyiba UMC shines Christ’s light and love in a predominantly Muslim community.

First UMC has committed to a $30,000 fundraising goal to assist our partner church, Moyiba UMC, with their building campaign for a permanent structure. The picture above is an architectural drawing.  We are fundraising for the first floor of the proposed
building. Please give prayerfully and generously in thanks and recognition that all we have is a gift from God! 

Ways to give
• Cash in envelope marked “Sierra Leone”
• Check to First UMC with memo “Sierra Leone”
• Online at Give ("Click Here" then select "Sierra Leone Appeal")

Raising Hope, Inc.—Ukraine

A registered 501c3 nonprofit, Raising Hope provides Christ’s love and hope to orphanages and other institutions, children, and families in need in Ukraine through various means of support.

HOPE International 

HOPE invests in the dreams of families in the world’s most under-served communities while proclaiming and living the Gospel. They share the hope of Christ as they provide biblically based training, savings services, and loans that restore dignity and break the cycle of poverty. The love of Jesus Christ motivates them to identify with those living in poverty and be His hands and feet as they strive to glorify God.

Uganda Children Support

In 2013, First UMC partnered with the Children’s Heart Project, a ministry of Samaritan’s Purse. Members hosted 2 young boys from Uganda along with their mothers while the boys had surgery for Congenital Heart Disease at Hershey Medical Center. Feeling that God led the boys, Edwin and Naushad, into the life of our church family, we have committed to help with their educational expenses in Uganda.