Mayflower sets aside a significant percentage of our annual budget for Outreach.
As we live into Jesus’ Great Commandment, these funds impact our community, our country, and our world.
Eden Children’s Village
This October, we are excited to launch NEW Orphan Sponsorship opportunities and celebrate the relationship God has fostered between us with the amazing ministries of Eden Children’s Village.
15 years ago, the people of Mayflower committed to financially support 72 orphans in Eden Village located in Doma, Zimbabwe. Since that time, Mayflower’s Outreach has continued to faithfully care for Eden Village by purchasing a well to provide water not only for Eden, but for the families living in the village; a brick making machine that is still working 10 years later; medical facility for the free clinic and more.
ALL 2021-2022 SCHOOL-YEAR LONG
Math & Reading Mentors Wanted!
Mayflower volunteers are going Back to School too!
We are thrilled to be able to mentor children and support
teachers at Mulick Park Elementary this school year.
India is experiencing a devastating surge of COVID-19
As many as 400,000 new cases are being reported every day. Daily death tolls have increased tenfold in the last month, and infection rates within India are the highest ever seen — nearly triple last year’s highest rates. India is reporting more than six times the daily incidence of any other country and is currently experiencing nearly half of the global daily incidence of COVID- 19.
Hospitals are overwhelmed and at capacity — especially in the capital, Delhi — with critical shortages of medicines, beds, ventilators, oxygen, and PPE. Meanwhile, officials are warning that India’s vaccine shortage may last for months. Less than 2% of the population has been fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
Project Hope is making a difference.
Mayflower wants to help them!
Project HOPE is coordinating with local partners and government officials to locally procure PPE and critically needed medical equipment to help India’s health care workers respond to the dramatic spread of the disease.
Project Hope started in 1958—the same year Mayflower was founded.
Dr. William B. Walsh, M.D., was moved by poor health conditions he encountered in the South Pacific, while serving on a Navy destroyer during World War II. So, in 1958, Dr. Walsh worked with U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower in order to charter a U.S. Navy hospital ship. The ship was transformed into the SS HOPE and it made 11 voyages to serve the world’s most vulnerable people in every region of the world, providing health
care for local communities and building health systems that could renew themselves for decades to come.
Today, Project Hope has grown into a land-based organization active in 26 countries, bringing HOPE and health to underserved communities around the world. Project HOPE is working with local partners and government officials in India to facilitate the rapid procurement and distribution of PPE, oxygen supplies, ICU equipment, ventilators, and other critical items as the country faces a devastating wave of COVID-19.
Mayflower joins Oasis of Hope
Helping to serve the uninsured and under-resourced population of Grand Rapids through their comprehensive medical clinic.
This spring, Mayflower’s generous donation helped Oasis of Hope secure a RetinaVue Imager to help monitor the retinal health of its patients, many of whom struggle with diabetes. This service will be unique in West Michigan and offered at no cost to patients.
We are proud to join Oasis of Hope as we honor the dignity of all God’s children.
Mayflower’s global outreach partner, Eden Ministries in Doma, Zimbabwe, is continuing its inspiring work serving orphans and vulnerable children.
Recently the Zimbabwean government shut a large, local orphanage (due to the abuse and neglect of the children), and asked Eden’s to take care of the children!
Eden’s model is many small cottages that house the orphaned children with two loving adults in a family-like setting.
The outreach committee of Mayflower decided to support the construction of a new cottage to help with the housing needs of the many children coming from the government orphanage. Our gift of $20,000 will cover almost half of the cost of an entire cottage.
We are proud to partner with Eden Ministries and their work among some of the most vulnerable people on the globe. Please look for more information to come about how we as a church can support this incredible ministry.
– – – – 2021 UPDATE – – – –
With GRPS being completely virtual, many students have struggled with their learning. Absenteeism is a huge problem (for example, Mulick Elementary School has an attendance rate of around 59%). Baxter has developed a learning program for 10 children and has plans to expand this to 30 students over the summer. Mayflower’s $17,500 gift will complete the funding for this program.
“… we are currently planning for an expanded summer program offering for around 30 students…there have been high rates of absenteeism in GRPS this year, and virtual learning/hybrid have left many students behind. Even in years past, studies have shown that students from low-income households tend to have a “summer slide” – a decline in reading ability and other skills that occur when school is not in session.
To combat this, after such an unusual year, we are planning a summer program that will incorporate “disguised learning” – fun activities that will improve reading, math, science, and writing skills for participants. We have a Public Health intern from Central Michigan University who will be working with us through the end of the summer and creating curriculum for our programs that teach healthy eating habits and gardening skills. This program will take place outside the walls of Baxter as much as possible, with participants interacting with nature and learning about where their food comes from as well as how to grow vegetables themselves, starting from seeds. This program will require additional staff to supervise participants, funding for breakfast, lunch, and snacks for all participants, and supplies. Right now, funding this program to ensure that we can serve as many students as possible is our highest need. The whole program will likely cost around $35,000. We have secured nearly $10,000 from the City of Grand Rapids and are currently applying for another grant for $7,500 to support the program.”
Youth mental health services:
The mental health of youth has become even more precarious during the pandemic. Mayflower has stepped in to help two local organizations that serve vulnerable young people.
This organization serves youth 14-24 who are experiencing homelessness. Mayflower’s donation of $5,000 helps support a partnership between AYA and The Wisdom Center.
St. John’s Home is a residential program for youth who have experienced trauma or neglect. The Mayflower gift of $10,000 helps these teens have access to much needed mental health resources.
Habitat for Humanity ($5,000): Access to affordable housing is a growing concern and one that Habitat is addressing. We continue to support their efforts to build and renovate homes for families. Due to the pandemic, they have not been able to host volunteers which has had a huge impact on their budget.
A Thank You Message
Eden Ministries serves orphans and vulnerable people in Doma, Zimbabwe. They have a “village” of cottages that have 10 children (orphans) living with two adults in a family setting.
Due to a recent emergency at a government orphanage in a neighboring town, Eden’s has increased its orphan care and desperately needs to build more cottages.
Our Mayflower gift of $20,000 is almost half the amount needed for the construction of an entire cottage.
Thank you for giving!!
Donations helped make a new home handicap accessible for a special family.
WITH GRATITUDE FOR YOUR GENEROSITY…
“We can’t thank you and all at Mayflower enough again.”
“As you know, Bethany exists to support vulnerable families in the U.S. and around the world. Arthur and his family arrived in Grand Rapids to be resettled through Bethany Christian Services’ Refugee Resettlement Program in the Winter of 2020.
Difficulty finding affordable housing in the city for a large family was compounded by the need for increased accessibility. Arthur previously suffered an incident which left him wheelchair bound, with reduced mobility in both his arms and legs. When a home of a suitable size and price was secured, it was discovered to have serious accessibility issues. Slopes on the property and steep stairways left estimates for a new accessibility ramp at nearly $6,500.
Fortunately, at the request of Bethany Christian Services, several West Michigan communities came together to address the family’s need for an accessible home. Solid Rock Ministries volunteered their knowledge and expertise, by designing a 40-foot wooden accessibility ramp and obtaining a permit from the city. Meanwhile, Bethany received permission to construct the proposed ramp from Urban Pharm, the property management company in charge of the home.
Mayflower Congregational came together and generously donated the funds necessary to cover the cost of lumber and hardware for the build. Finally, after a month of planning, coordination, and preparation, at 7:30am on a Thursday December Morning, groups of volunteers from DISHER Engineering and Nelson’s Builders, along with a build supervisor from Solid Rock, arrived at the site to break ground. The whole thing only took half a day thanks to the expertise of the volunteer builders involved.
After the ramp was complete and the volunteers were admiring the completed project, Arthur and two of his children came out to try out the new ramp, with smiles on their faces. Their enthusiasm was clear as Arthur’s daughter helped her father navigate the ramp down to the driveway with ease. Without the help of our partners, Solid Rock Ministries, Mayflower Congregational, Urban Pharm, Nelson’s Builders, DISHER, and the Grand Rapids Building and Safety department this project would not have been possible. It is an excellent example of a project coming together to meet Bethany’s mission of supporting vulnerable families in Grand Rapids. “
The NEW Mobile Shower Unit
DAILY LUNCH MEALS NEEDED!
- Must have sealed packaging
- Cold sandwiches can be handmade and wrapped in plastic and placed in a ziplock bag/box
- Meals should be balanced with Proteins, Fruit, Veg, Dairy, Grains, Beverage (water, juice, milk).
Mel Trotter Ministries’ NEW Mobile Shower Unit will allow those experiencing homelessness to receive a hot shower with dignity and compassion as they move to seek sustainable housing and employment opportunities.
The mobile shower unit will be placed at strategic locations throughout the city where hygiene services are most needed. Mel Trotter Ministries, along with community partners including The Other Way Ministries and The Homeless Outreach Team are building relationships in the West Michigan community to help unsheltered individuals with tangible needs such as hygiene.
Outreach in March will be “Filling the Pantry”
for Safe Haven Ministries.
Safe Haven is a ministry focused on following Christ’s example, and motivated by our community needs, to prevent and end relationship abuse.
Safe Haven operates an emergency safe shelter which is available for individuals and families fleeing domestic abuse. During their stay residents receive ongoing case management and support.
The shelter operates a pantry for residents and at Mayflower we are committed to filling that pantry with the most needed items in the month of March.
Our website will have a link to the list posted in February.
A Note of Thanks from our friends
at IHN/Family Promise:
Dear Mayflower Congregants,
We are blown away at the incredible amount of food you were all able to put together and provide to the families at Family Promise. Thank you so much for continuing to provide support to those in need during these exceptionally worrisome times. We are so grateful to have you all as partners in this important work.
Thank you for making this opportunity a blessing to so many!
Our committee continues to be grateful for the generous support of the congregation.
We seek to be a blessing to those around us and a force for good in the world.