Missions At Hope Church
Listed below (in alphabetical order) are the Missions and Missionaries currently supported by Hope Church, together with the name of the person in the Hope Church congregation who serves as the "contact" person for that Mission.
Note From The Hope Church WebServant: Authorities in some countries have been known to search the Internet looking for excuses to keep certain people out of their country, or if the person is already there, to kick that person out of their country. For this reason many Missionaries are concerned that any information on the Internet might be used against them, now or in the future.
With those concerns in mind, we have limited the information that we will provide here about Missionaries. If you have questions about any Missionary, or would like additional information, please speak to that Mission's contact person, or call the Hope Church office.
Camp Innabah, founded in 1929, is comprised of 179 acres of meadows and woodlands in historic Chester County (only 11.5 miles from Hope Church). Camp Innabah is one of the oldest church-affiliated camps in the Mid-Atlantic Region, and is owned and operated by the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference of the United Methodist Church. The name "Innabah" was given by the Navajo People to the daughter of Rees J. Frescoln, the man who donated the original $5,000 to purchase the property. "Innabah" translates to "The Great Spirit Be With You Always."
Hope Church Contact for Camp Innabah: Tom Sweet
"G" Family (Missionaries)
Mr. and Mrs. "G" and their family are Missionaries sent out of their home church in Texas and The French Connection Ministry. They currently serve French-speaking immigrants who live in central Belgium, especially Brussels. Their primary purpose is to help develop new churches among people who have little or no active faith tradition themselves.
Hope Church Contact for the "G" Family: Ruth Carr
Hope Builders - A Mission of Hope Church
Hope Church has members, attenders and "friends of Hope Church" who are called to work in short missions. Those workers who perform "random acts of kindness" in the name of Jesus Christ have been organized into the Hope Builders mission team at Hope Church.
Hope Builders now has their own page on our Hope Church website - please visit the Hope Builders page for contact information, and to learn more about this wonderful outreach into our local communities.
Hope Church Contact for Hope Builders: Bob Simcox
Hope Church's Emergency Response Team (ERT)
Our Hope Church Early Response Team (ERT) is one of many ERTs organized by the United Methodist Church. The ERTers are the folks who go in right after the emergency phase of a disaster anywhere in the United States to muck out homes, remove wet drywall and insulation, cut up downed trees and so on. They often need to be totally self-sufficient, taking care of their own meals and transportation into and out of the affected area. Training is mandatory in order to participate on one of these teams.
Hope Church Contact for our ERT: Bob Simcox
Miller-Keystone Blood Center
The Miller-Keystone Blood Center is the only supplier of blood products to the hospitals in Berks, Carbon, Eastern Schuylkill, Lehigh, Northampton, Southern Luzerne, Upper Bucks and Western Montgomery (PA), and Warren (NJ) counties. It is a an independent, not-for-profit 501(c)3 community organization and collects donated blood at frequent donation events within the local communities that they serve.
Hope Church Contact for the Miller-Keystone Blood Center: Jen Boettlin
Native American Ministry of the United Methodist Church
The Native American Ministries of the United Methodist Church is involved in helping Native American communities all over the United States.
Hope Church Contact for the Native American Ministry of the United Methodist Church: Cris Yahner-Divadkar
Open Arms Ministry
In addition to other "meal" events presented by the Open Arms Ministry, this ministry also provides a free meal on the last Friday of each month at Hope Church as a way of giving back to our community. The community supper starts serving at 6pm, and all are welcome to attend - members and attenders of Hope Church are encouraged to invite family and friends!
Following the community suppers, everyone is invited (but not required) to stay for our monthly church prayer gathering.
For more information, please refer to the Open Arms Ministry page of this website.
Hope Church Contact for Open Arms: Desiree James
Operation Christmas Child "Shoe Boxes"
Description Coming Soon!
Hope Church Contact for Operation Christmas Child: Lauren Young & Lois Anderson
Red Bird Mission
Red Bird Mission is an institution of the General Board of Global Ministries of the United Methodist Church within the Red Bird Missionary Conference. Red Bird Mission has been providing ministries in the Appalachian Mountain regions since 1921. Today the need remains critical in this isolated, rural distressed area. Chronic poverty, lack of jobs, poor housing, and rugged mountainous terrain provide obstacles to a fuller life for the residents of this area. Red Bird Mission and Clinic strives to meet these needs through ministry in five areas: Education, Health and Wellness, Community Outreach, Economic Opportunity, and Community Housing Improvement.
Hope Church Contact for Red Bird Mission: Al Hartman
Redner's Save-a-Tape Program
If you shop at Redner's Market, this program benefits our Hope Church CMF (Connectional Ministry Fund)
Hope Church Contact for Redner's Save-a-Tape Program: Kim Simcox
Specifically connecting Hope Church to the Angel Tree and Christmas Bell Ringing.
Hope Church Contact for Salvation Army: Karen Roach
Soda Can Drive At Hope Church
This is a very simple mission: collect empty aluminum soda cans, brass and copper so they can be turned in at recycling sites, with the money raised benefiting the United Methodist Church Connectional Ministries Fund (CMF). Everyone can help with this: instead of putting out your aluminum soda cans with your recycling, or metals like brass and copper, put them in a plastic bag and bring them to Hope Church (the collection area is on the north side of the shed).
Hope Church Contact for Soda Can Drive: Lee Boatman
Southeast Berks Ministerium
The Southeast Berks Ministerium is made up of clergy and some lay leaders of over 15 area Christian churches. Our purpose is to unite the many strains of Christianity in Jesus Christ in order to minister to the needs of the people of our region, and create collegial and interconnected streams of worship and fellowship as we celebrate our diverse worship styles and doctrines.
Hope Church Contact for Southeast Berks Ministerium: Pastor Sharon Barley
St Paul's UCC Food Pantry
Amity Township's only source of free food for those in need.
Hope Church Contact for St Paul's UCC Food Pantry: Audrey Dunekack
Teen Challenge is "The Faith-Based Solution To The Drug Epidemic" - their programs are not just for teens, but people of all ages who are committed to overcoming drug and alcohol abuse and addiction. Teen Challenge was founded in 1958 in New York City and now has 170 centers across the United States. Each center is a non-coed resident facility; either all-men or all-women. The Men's Teen Challenge Center in Rehrersburg is a mission of Hope Church.
Hope Church Contact for Teen Challenge: Cris Yahner-Divadkar