Mission Ministry director Sheila Foster says her “mission ministry team” has a fourfold purpose:
In order to accomplish their purpose, the Mission Ministry annually identifies major needs in the local and global community that they feel they have the resources and the ability to help with.
The focus this year is on homelessness and hunger. During the winter they held a local coat and sock drive. There was also an angel tree to provide Christmas toys and clothes for underserved kids in west Oakland. Christmas projects last through December, she said. The coat drive lasted from December through February, but the sock drive is ongoing. She said her team is starting a summer sock drive and also assemble hygiene kits, which they have done globally. “We have a greater need right here in Oakland,” she said. “As seasons change we have to look at what people really need at that time.”
That doesn’t mean, however, that her team is abandoning their global outreach. They are currently looking into what it will take to build wells in Liberia, near the capital Monrovia, because members from that area have shared with them that there is a great need for clean water.
Anyone who would like to donate items like socks or hygiene kits can bring them to the church during open hours. If you are unable to get to the church, call the office to arrange for someone to come and pick up the items. If you would like to write a check, make it out to Taylor United Methodist Church, and designate on the check to which program you would like to donate the money.