Student Ministry Missions
Samuel Eshetu in Etheopia
The students of Hixson UMC have decided to collect money each week to support Samuel Eshetu of Etheopia through compassion international. Students are encouraged to give of their own money or work for it instead of asking mom and dad. A dollar a week would easily cover the cost of supporting Samuel throughout the year.
Community and Center Information
Samuel lives on the plains of Harer Academy Kebele 16, home to apporximately 100,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, wood walls and corrugated iron roofs. The primary ethnic groups are Oromo, Amhara, Herere and Gurage and the most commonly spoken languages are Oromiffa, Amharic, Adere and Guragna.
The regional diet consists of maize, potatoes, bread and teff (grain). Common health problems in this area include malaria, tuberculosis, skin diseases, waterborne diseases and HIV/AIDS. Most adults work as market traders and earn the equivalent of $12 per month.
Your giving allows the staff of Harer Academy Full Gospel Believer's Church Student Center to provide Samuel with Bible teaching, health screening, supplementary food, clothing, recreational activities, community service opportunities, scholastic materials, tuition, health educations and academic suppourt. The center staff will also provide opportunities for project involvement for the parents or guadians of Samuel.
Ethiopia, a republic in northeastern Africa, shares boundaries with five other countries. Most of the country is a high plateau capped by mountains. Lowland deserts surround the plateau. The country is about twice the size of Texas. Mounds of historical treasures have been found in Ethiopia near its Lake Turkana and in the country's Awash River Valley.
Ethiopia's population is diverse inhabited by more than 70 ethnic groups. Eighty percent of the people support themselves through subsistence farming in the central plateau region. The people of Ethiopia are besieged by famine and HIV/AIDS. Nearly one million people have HIV/AIDS. Ethiopia has a long history of Christianity dating to the fourth century when the country led a crusade into Saudi Arabia defeating a Jewish king who was said to have slain Christians. Today, the main religions in the country are Christianity and Islam. Amharic is the country's official language.
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Mission: Charleston - Week of Hope
July 16 - 23, 2011
This year, Hixson Student Ministry will be going to Charleston, SC with Group's "Week of Hope" to be what Jesus called us to be - salt and light. We will be helping people in real need while having a great time and meet other students from around the country.
The coastal area of South Carolina around Charleston is as beautiful as it is diverse. It hosts scenic waterfront appeal, quaint shops and historic homes. While the area has been rated one of the best places to retire in the country because of its warm weather, historic charm, and outdoor opportunities, its growth has only created a larger gap between the poor and the wealthy. Here you'll find an interesting mix of lifestyles that often creates pockets of people who get left behind. So, while there's opportunity to enjoy a week of sand and sun, you'll also be helping bring hope to the area's underprivaledged. However you serve, you'll be an inspiration that's more beautiful than the landscape!
Mission: Chattanooga Area Food Bank
Our Church will be collecting canned goods and non-perishable food items for the Chattanooga Area Food Bank. Students are encouraged to be a part of this mission. Bring any items to the donation barrels in the reception area in the church. Students also went to the Food Bank on July 9 to help sort (See Pictures Below).
Student Ministry Tornado Relief
For the month of May, the students of Hixson UMC collected items to send relief to those hit hardest in our area by the storms in late April. Students took all of the supplies collected to Apison UMC and worked in the neighborhood to clear out damged houses and collect meaningful items such as photos and memorabelia for families who had lost their homes and loved ones.