At St. Andrew, we are committed to being the hands and feet of Jesus in Indiana and the world. At this time, we are partnered with and committed to serving the following missions, including a new opportunity we want to highlight.

Delphine's Dream

Delphine Iradukunda is a graduate of Africa University thanks to a scholarship provided by the United Methodist Church. She was born in the Burundi refugee camp when the whole country of Rwanda was in a civil war. After returning to a decimated country at the end of the war, her entire family started, in her words, “surviving instead of living.” Delphine's family saw three meals per day shrinking into one meal or none at all. However, her faith and love of God have always kept her dream alive—the dream to get an education and enter into pastoral ministry. Her dream of this future started when she was involved in Bible studies as a child. Delphine has applied to Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, IL and has been granted a partial scholarship to begin studies in September 2021. Because of her connection with other AU students who have attended US universities including Purdue, Delphine is reaching out in an attempt to help fund her dream. We  committed to helping her reach her goal...and that has been accomplished for the upcoming school year! We look forward to getting acquainted with Delphine through Zoom calls in the future.

Please pray for God’s guidance as you contemplate the possibilities for donation to this cause. St. Andrew set up a scholarship fund to be distributed through the Missions ministry. Donations can be made by check sent to St. Andrew with Garrett Seminary Scholarship in the memo line. You may also donate through Vanco 

Other mission initiatives:

Africa University is the first and only fully-accredited institution of higher learning established on the African continent by the action of the General Conference of The United Methodist Church.

 St. Andrew provides an annual scholarship for an Africa University student as part of the support of the Indiana Conference of the United Methodist Church.  We also support Margaret Tagwira, a researcher at Africa University who has been instrumental in developing the Chaya project with the goal of encouraging all small farmers to grow the nurtrient-rich Chaya (tree spinach) plant. Margaret has received support from Purdue University as well as from members of the St. Andrew congregation. 

Members of the St. Andrew team have visited Africa University to explore the efforts to support small farmers and the development of the Small Farmer Resource Center. 

For updates on our relationship with Africa University and future opportunities contact Berdine Martin.

Bashor Children’s Home is a 501-C-3 nonprofit child-welfare agency affiliated with the United Methodist Church. They provide help for troubled children and their families through residential care, day treatment/alternative education, foster care, and many other services. 

St. Andrew collects school supplies to donate to Bashor Children’s Home each fall. Please contact Berdine Martin for more information. 

Four Homes of Mercy is an organization in Palestine that provides people with congenital and acquired neurological disorders specialized services. 

A group of St. Andrew members visited the facility and were impressed by the quality of care. Since that time St. Andrew has provided financial support for this organization. For more information contact Berdine Martin

The mission of the 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.

St. Andrew supports the Kairos of Northern Indiana men's team that serves two weekends a year inside the Westville Correctional Facility. St. Andrew members can participate in this ministry by baking cookies, making placemats & posters, and providing financial support. Interested men can also volunteer to serve on the inside with the Kairos team. Please contact Josh Annin or Andrew Daigle for further information. (This ministry is currently paused due to COVID-19.)

Red Bird Mission was founded in 1921 in the southeastern corner of Kentucky to provide education and Christian evangelism ministries to residents of the area. 

Serving at Red Bird Mission is an opportunity for individuals to serve by being a member of a work team that does repairs on homes in the Red Bird community. Team members often find this experience to be a relationally and spiritually rewarding time of growth as they get to know the family where they are working, share devotions, and spend the week together. 

An opportunity to join a a work camp or volunteer individually this summer is available. For more information, visit the April 19 announcement.

For more information contact Craig Anderson

RIP Medical Debt, a 501(c)3 nonprofit, empowers donors to forgive billions in oppressive medical debt. People do not have to bear the weight of medical debt they cannot pay when there is a process to reach out and eradicate that burden. Your donations allow RIP to buy debt in bundled portfolios, meaning your donation has 100x the impact or more. 

Those impacted receive a letter that their debt is gone. No taxes. No penalties. Just like that, they’re free of medical debt.

Donations through St. Andrew will first be used to pay off the qualifying medical debt of those in Tippecanoe County, then surrounding counties, and finally the poorest counties in Indiana.

 

Make your gift payable to St. Andrew UMC and specify RIP Medical Debt. You can also donate through our online giving platform. 

For more information about RIP Medical Debt, contact Jack Hartman

As the humanitarian relief and development arm of The United Methodist Church, the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) assists United Methodists and churches to become involved globally in direct ministry to persons in need. UMCOR responds  quickly to U.S. and international disasters, addresses diseases of poverty, ministers to refugees and immigrants, provides clean water, and actively works to reduce hunger. 

St. Andrew supports UMCOR with an annual donation.  In cases of disaster, the congregation often donates specific items or funding for a specific disaster. You can find more information about UMCOR on their website.

If you have questions contact Berdine Martin.

For more information or to get involved, contact Berdine Martin.

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4703 N 50 W | West Lafayette, Indiana 47906
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