Valley View is involved in mission work throughout the
world. We support two missionaries in Kenya, Africa as well as other
international mission work.
- For many years Valley View UMC supported missionaries Bill
and Jerri Savuto in their work at Maua Methodist Hospital in Maua,
Kenya, Africa. Although Bill and Jerri have retired, Valley View
continues to support several projects at Maua. Information concerning
the hospital and its work can be found here.
Missionaries - Valley View supports David and Cynthia Ceballos,
United Methodist missionaries working in Panama. They are working
to develop a new church congregation in the region of Veragaus,
Panama, and also developing a new community-based healthcare program
that ministers to those most in need.
Project - Today, thanks to the Heifer project, millions of people
who were once hungry are being nourished through a program that
gives families cows, pigs, goats, chickens, or other sustainable
sources of food and income to grow and feed themselves. Also, through
the "Passing on the Gifts" program the recipients share
the offspring of their animal with others in need which makes them
partners in the fight to end hunger. Valley View collects funds
weekly for the Heifer project.
Initiatives - The distribution of millions mosquito nets in
this African represents the collaboration of two anti-malaria programs
supported by United Methodists church. Every year, more than a million
children die from this malaria, a preventable disease. This is an
effort to beat this disease and save future generations. Valley
View has raised money through the church and in Vacation Bible School
to buy mosquito nets for Africa.
Trade (Coffee, Tea, Chocolate) - This fair trade system allows
farmers to earn a stable and fair price for their crops. Importers
also commit to buy from small farmer co-operatives, and to establishing
direct, long-term purchasing relationships with the co-ops, including
support for sustainable agriculture and the offer of low-cost pre-harvest
credit. Valley View has Fair Trade coffee, tea, and chocolate available
for purchase in the foyer of the church.