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Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ Matthew 25:40 
 
Missions and outreach is at the core of what we’re about at DSUMC. We challenge our congregation to go outside the walls of the church to share the love of Christ. We participate in a wide variety of missions/outreaches: locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally.
 
Here’s a list of just a few of the mission groups and projects we support and have been involved with – click on the links to learn more and contact Vicky Matthews to get involved!
 
Local and Statewide
Glove and Sock Drive
Hometown Missions
Hero Care
Project Elf
Community Thanksgiving Dinner
 
National and International
Africa Missions Initiative
Panama
Albuquerque (Youth)
Alaska (Youth/Adult)
 
Additionally, the UMM annual Wild Game Dinner raises money to support many different organizations and groups that benefit the Dripping Springs Community.
 
 
Africa Missions Initiative
We are very excited about partnering with our sister congregation, Chem Chem United Methodist Church, in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
 
Over the past year our congregation has supported Chem Chem to help rebuild the walls of their local church that had been washed away by heavy rains.
 
Now, we are launching a new initiative to help provide bibles, bicycles, and financial support to pastors in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
 
Based on our discussions with Bishop Muyumbo, the Bishop who oversees the North Katanga, Tanganyika and Tanzania Conferences, regarding their greatest needs, this initiative will be comprised of three parts:
 
1) Purchase of Bibles – currently there may be only one bible per church, which means very few, if any, of the congregation do not have direct access to the written word of God. We would like to raise enough funds, initially for the church at Chem Chem, to be able to provide access to bibles for any member of the congregation who so desires. Any additional funds raised for bibles would be used to help purchase them for other local churches at the Bishop’s discretion. All bibles would be purchased locally at a cost of $15 per bible in Swahili.
 
2) Purchase of Bicycles for Pastors:
the only means of transportation for Pastors, both within their community and further afield to attend conferences, is by bicycle. Bishop Muyombo mentioned the need for each Pastor in the conference to have a reliable bicycle. Bicycles purchased locally cost approximately $120. We would like to be able to send a donation to the Conference, which would be used to purchase bicycles at the Bishop’s discretion.
 
3) Financial Support for Pastors:
Bishop Muyombo told us that the current annual salary of a Pastor in the Conference was $30 a month. His goal was to be able to raise that to $100 a month. The Missions Team for DSUMC have approved the inclusion of $1200 annually in the General Mission Budget, to cover the salary of the Pastor at our sister church in Chem Chem. In addition, we will be raising additional funds to support other Pastors within the Conference. If you feel called to support this part of the mission, you could make a one-time donation or a recurring donation for any part of a Pastor’s salary.
 
Every dollar given goes directly to the need.  No administrative or additional fees will be taken from the donation.
 
Please prayerfully consider giving to this initiative – for more information contact Vicky Matthews
KAIROS PRISON MINISTRY
 
The mission of Kairos Prison Ministry is to share the transforming love and forgiveness of Jesus Christ to impact the hearts and lives of incarcerated men, women and youth, as well as their families, to become loving and productive citizens of their communities.

ONE MINISTRY, THREE PROGRAMS

KAIROS INSIDE – Kairos Inside creates Christian communities inside prisons that can transform lives, decrease prison violence, and reduce recidivism 
 
KAIROS OUTSIDE – Spouses, parents and relatives of those in prison often “do time” right along with their loved ones. Kairos Outside lets them know
they are not alone.
 
KAIROS TORCH – Kairos Torch volunteers mentor youth in prison, so they can begin to make better life choices.
 
To get involved please contact Vicky Matthews