Faith Promise For Missions 2022

Through our Faith Promise For Missions giving, we at Fountain City UMC partner with life-changing ministries reaching far and across boundaries and barriers as we recognize God’s work in the world. Our Faith Promise partners are local, national, and global missions spreading Christ’s love to those they serve. Below we highlight our Faith Promise partners and the amazing work they do. Check out this video of our Faith Promise partners thanking our congregation for our support of their work! And you can view partners’ videos in their entirety by clicking on the accompanying photo beside each partner’s story. Fill out the Faith Promise Commitment Card.

Africa University is the first and only fully-accredited institution of higher learning established on the African continent by action of the General Conference of The United Methodist Church. It was founded in response to the call by African Bishops for a university for the whole of Africa to foster intellectual, moral, ethical and spiritual growth in its students. Website.

Agape Outreach Homes is a local non-profit organization which provides housing and care for men with severe persistent mental illness. Their goal is to provide a therapeutic environment, while maintaining a sense of “family” among their residents. Agape strongly believes in the dignity and courage of those battling mental illness and seeks to offer a place of safety and hope, and illuminate a path to recovery and vitality. Website.

Camp Wesley Woods, part of Holston Conference Camp and Retreat Ministries, is Christ-centered with a child/camper focus offering a wide range of programming. Camp Wesley Woods has a dedicated focus on summer camp ministry, outdoor education, and retreat ministry inspiring children, youth, and adults to live in Christian community, to grow as disciples of Jesus Christ, and to experience adventure in the midst of God’s wondrous creation. Website.

Celebrate Recovery (CR) is a Christ-centered, biblically-based program of recovery for individuals or family members that are struggling with life’s hurts, habits and hang-ups. FCUMC is home to CR-North which meets on Tuesday evenings for worship followed by Open Share Groups. We also live-stream our meetings on our CR North Facebook page. This is a safe space with no judgment or condemnation. A place to find community and for people in recovery to get their lives back. CR North page.

Family Promise of Knoxville is a nonprofit organization that unites with Knoxville’s interfaith community to help homeless and low-income families with children achieve sustainable independence. These families have many shapes and sizes including single mothers, single fathers, two parent families, multi-generational families and expectant parents. Family Promise believes that the best way to return families to sustainable independence is to keep the family unit intact to face the challenges of regaining housing and working toward a better life. Website.

Fountain City Ministry Center The mission of FCMC is to glorify God and transform peoples’ lives through helping Knox County residents in need return to a more self-sustaining lifestyle. FCMC is a cooperative effort of Fountain City area churches, including FCUMC, who provide financial support, volunteers, and donations. FCMC depends on FCUMC volunteers to serve our neighbors. Website.

Fountain City UMC Youth International supports future international mission trips or projects by our Youth Ministry illustrating  Fountain City UMC’s investment in our youth ministry’s international mission work. Fountain City UMC Youth page. 

Give Ye Them To Eat was founded in 1977 as a social outreach project of the United Methodist Church of Mexico to combat hunger and poverty in the rural sector. The purpose of GYTTE is to strengthen the capabilities of marginalized people and communities to meet their basic needs, and to determine and sustain a just and integrated development process. Participatory methods and development tools are used to create conditions in which change can take place from within the communities. Website.

Habitat for Humanity Knoxville believes everyone deserves to have a decent and affordable place to call home. Habitat provides families in need of affordable housing an opportunity to build their own homes alongside volunteers, and to pay an affordable, no interest mortgage. Through our support, families in Knoxville are able to build strength, stability, and self-reliance for generations to come. Website.

Helen Roberts-Evans is a missionary of the General Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church, serving as Director of the Department of General Education and Ministry of the United Methodist Church in Liberia. Helen was born in Liberia and her return as a missionary was a lifelong dream. Helen’s work includes meeting needs in such areas as teacher training, scholarships, resources, new school construction, and school building renovation and repair. Website.

Henderson Settlement In 1925, Hiram Frakes, a Methodist minister, came to the Laurel Fork Valley in southeastern Kentucky with a dream of educational, economic, and spiritual reform. Local families donated 123 acres of land and Frakes started a school for the area which opened with thirteen students. That was the beginning of Henderson Settlement in Frakes, Kentucky. Their focus is on making a long term and sustainable difference in the lives of those with whom they work, and encouraging and helping them and their families grow spiritually, economically and socially. Website.

Jubilee Project is helping people in Hancock County meet their spiritual, economic, social, and physical needs in the name of Jesus Christ. They envision a world where everyone has enough, where those who have more share with glad and generous hearts, and where those who have less find relief from oppression and hope for the future. Jubilee Project’s core values are food security, shelter, access to clean water, health, self-worth, and love. Website.

Lost Sheep Ministry “Under The Bridge” Maxine Raines launched Lost Sheep Ministry after growing up homeless and wanting to give back. She wanted to see Knoxville’s homeless cared for and find faith in Jesus Christ. Armed with hot dogs, Maxine served the homeless from the trunk of her car and never looked back. Eventually finding a “home” under the I-40 bridge, Lost Sheep Ministry has served the homeless every Wednesday evening for close to 30 years. One can always find a hot meal and a fresh pair of clothes when needed, and a medical team ready to provide basic medical treatment, first aid, and perform vitals. Website.

Operation Backyard More than half of the homes in Knoxville are in need of critical and emergency repairs. Often, these homes are occupied by elderly and disabled individuals who live on wages that cannot support the repairs they desperately need. Operation Backyard is a year-round program that provides free home repair services for those with limited income, those who are elderly, and those who are disabled. Operation Backyard exists to meet the needs of families by mobilizing volunteers to provide free emergency home repairs, helping cost-burdened individuals and families. Website.

Partners For Children, Inc. (PFC) is a nonprofit organization that operates a child development center for preschoolers at Cedar Lane UMC. PFC’s mission is to provide quality care for preschool children while offering financial assistance to low-income families whenever possible. PFC believes that children are the responsibility not only of their parents but also of their community and their goal is to facilitate learning by providing a positive environment to develop cognitive, social, emotional, physical, and spiritual skills. Website.

Project Crossroads has a history of service to those in need. In 1988, a group of local churches through the Marion Area Ministerial Association started an outreach program to address some of the housing needs in Marion, Virginia and to coordinate available resources and church volunteers. In July 1993, Project Crossroads became a full-time mission of the Holston Conference, growing in outreach and ministry to meet the needs of those in their communities. Website.

Rise Against Hunger They may look like simple bags of rice and soy, but Rise Against Hunger (RAH) meals represent the hopes and dreams of people worldwide. RAH volunteers are the heart of a mission to end hunger and they could not send millions of meals around the globe each year without our help. RAH engages hundreds of thousands of volunteers globally to meet the needs of children and families who are counting on all of us. Website.

Society of St. Andrew (SoSA) brings people together to harvest and share healthy food, reduce food waste, and build caring communities by offering nourishment to hungry neighbors. In working with SoSA, we are partnering with tens of thousands of farmers, donors, volunteers, other churches, community organizations, and even large national movements. Website.

South Sudan Children whose homelands have been ravaged by conflict and those living in or fleeing active conflict zones face steep barriers. Often children cannot attend school because they must work in menial jobs to help their families survive. UMCOR’s Education and Child Protection program in Sudan focuses on teacher training, school construction and reconstruction, establishing vital parent-teacher associations, and providing essential school supplies for students. In addition, our gifts enable UMCOR to supply provisions to collect and store fresh water. Website.

UMCOR As the humanitarian relief arm of The United Methodist Church, UMCOR assists churches with becoming involved globally in direct ministry to persons in need. UMCOR responds to disasters in the United States and around the world by working with communities and local partners. When a disaster overwhelms a community’s ability to recover on its own, UMCOR provides essential relief supplies and supports long-term rebuilding efforts. Website.

Volunteer Ministry Center With over 9,000 individuals in Knoxville accessing homeless services every year, there are many who are at risk of dying on the streets without VMC’s specialized services focused on both achieving and housing. Every year, Volunteer Ministry Center’s Street Outreach Program reaches out and engages with hundreds of those experiencing homelessness and living on the streets of Knoxville in order to connect them with housing services. Website.

Wesley Foundation is the United Methodist presence on the University of Tennessee campus which strives to be an open, diverse Christian community, promoting spiritual growth, and extending God’s love on campus. Wesley Foundation is a place for United Methodist students to gather, worship. Website.

Wesley House is a Christian ministry called by God to nurture wholeness and hope by empowering children and families through service and education. Wesley House Community Center provides high-quality, affordable, and accessible after-school and summer camp care as well as a senior citizen program for Knoxville’s most under resourced areas. Their vision is to develop and maintain the emotional, academic, and spiritual growth of children and families as well as provide access to resources and services within the Mechanicsville, Lonsdale and Beaumont communities. Website.

Willow UMC and The Willow Community Food Pantry’s mission is to be an outpost of the United Methodist Church in Alaska, and as Christ’s disciples responding to God’s love by their witness, stewardship and outreach with and for all persons and creation. Because of the outreach efforts of the Willow Community Food Pantry, Willow UMC is seen as a trusted source of help for those in need, and a caring place for children, youth, families, and adults. Willow UMC’s main focus is love of God and love of neighbor. Website.