District Advanced Specials

· Give Ye Them to Eat (GYTTE) (# 2375):

Contact: Rev. Marian Hartman, mhartman@susumc.org

GYTTE was founded in 1977 as a social outreach project of the Methodist Church of Mexico to combat hunger and poverty in the rural sector. The purpose of the "Give Ye Them to Eat" program (GYTTE) is to strengthen the capabilities of marginalized people and communities to meet their basic needs, and to determine and sustain a just and integrated development process. Participatory methods and development tools are used to create conditions in which change can take place from within the communities. The “Tree of Life” training center in Tlancualpican conducts workshops and hands-on opportunities in the areas of health, sanitation, animal care and breeding, agricultural methods such as terracing, composting and irrigation. Workshops also go “on the road” for VBS, Holy Week and Advent resources. The Susquehanna Conference has been sending work teams for over 20 years. Rev. Marian Hartman will lead several trips in 2020-2021.

· Shoemaker Mission Central HUB: (# 8210)

Contact: HUB Coordinators: Kristi Lyons, kristiliumc@gmail.com or 570-262-0382 and Sally Kennard (570-333-4218) for furniture needs

The former Shoemaker Memorial Church, West Eighth Street, Wyoming, has been transformed into a Mission Central HUB of Mission Central, located in Mechanicsburg, PA. Under the leadership of the Kristi Lyons and the local Board of Directors, the Mission Central HUB will be a place where groups can come to assemble various types of response and relief kits, provide resources and furniture for persons in need, and eventually offer places to study and worship for folks who traditionally find it hard to enter the doors of our churches.

· Elm Park African Ministry: (# 8230)

Contact: Rev. Mike Bealla, mbealla@susumc.org 570-342-8263

With a growing number of Central African families finding homes in the Scranton Area, Elm Park has been blessed in its ministry with this community. This vital ministry provides for weekly worship services (in Swahili and English), assistance to refugee families, English as a Second Language tutoring as well as providing for a African student intern from Drew Theological School. Your gifts to this Advance Special will help support the current and evolving ministries with this growing local mission opportunity.

· Greenhouse Project: (#7310)

Contact: Jane Risse 200 Arthur Ave. Scranton, PA 18510 570-344-9186; getGHPinfo@gmail.com https://scrantongreenhouse.org/

Begun in 2002, The Greenhouse Project (formerly Shalom Scranton) evolved from a Shalom Ministry and is now growing a sustainable community through education, wholesome food and healthy living through programs such as: edible gardening and cooking, and focusing on a health and disease prevention through diet and exercise. We operate two community gardens and a 3000 sq. ft. greenhouse in Nay Aug Park. Recipients of 2019 Environmental Partnership Award and with many programs specially designed to serve senior citizens as well as school field trips, we offer free and low-cost education programs.