Missions and Outreach
The main mission of the church is to reach out to others, to look beyond ourselves and touch the lives of those in need, both in our own community and internationally. Dayspring has many avenues in which we can express our love and concern for others.
Connectional United Methodist Missions
The United Methodist Church is organized by congregations, districts, conferences and then the General Church. We are a Connectional Church.” Together, every part of the United Methodist Church contributes to our local, national, and global mission programs through a “tithe” called benevolences. We also support global missions by Advance Special Giving (identified as giving to selected projects) and by giving to the United Methodist Committee of Relief (UMCOR). In addition, our local UMW and UMM give to United Methodist missions. A sampling of UM missions includes church colleges, seminaries, hospitals, children’s homes, disaster relief, and agricultural and medical missions.
United Methodist Outreach Ministries (UMOM)
UMOM coordinates urban ministries in the Phoenix Metropolitan Area. The New Day Center is a homeless shelter for families, children, and adults and seasonal overflow homeless shelters for individuals. UMOM houses more homeless families than any other Arizona agency, while they minister to the spiritual, emotional and physical needs of those around them.
Our journey with UMOM takes many forms–gifts, money, service and prayer. An ongoing support is to provide their Sunday night dinners. UMOM is located at 3333 E. Van Buren. more
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Wesley Community Center (WCC)
Since 1950, Wesley Community Center has been located in south central Phoenix. It provides many programs and services for families, children/youth, adults, and senior women, including: emergency food assistance, sewing classes, a Sr. Women’s Group, and After-School and Summer Programs. more
Dayspring is one of approximately 15 churches in the greater Phoenix metropolitan area to host homeless families for Family Promise, a nationwide program. Three to four times a year we host 2-4 families for one week. Volunteers provide and prepare meals for the week and spend the night to handle emergencies. On Saturday, we take the families to a movie, or the science center, or to a local event.
Tempe Community Action Agency’s food bank provides emergency food aid to all in the Tempe area. Food collections are taken on the 4th Sunday of every month. The Sprouts also host a big food drive before Thanksgiving to collect food (including frozen turkeys!) for those in need.
Habitat for Humanity
Habitat for Humanity International is an ecumenical, grass-roots, non-profit housing ministry building homes on Christian principles in partnership with limited income families who could never qualify for home ownership on their own. This project recognizes the need for good, decent housing to bring hope, dignity and new life to families in need. We work with the Valley of the Sun branch, serving the entire Phoenix metro area. As a part of the Mighty Methodist coalition, we build at least one house for a new family each year.
We are helping to build a house in Tempe this year. Absolutely no construction experience is needed to participate. Only enthusiasm to help make a home for a very deserving family.
Tochimizolco Medical Work Team
Each year a medical work team from Dayspring goes to the tiny, mountainous village of Tochimizolco, four hours southeast of Mexico City. This team assists the Methodist Church of Mexico in establishing a permanently staffed medical clinic; providing medical, dental and Bible school support. The work team encourages spiritual growth for all those involved. This program includes three churches: Dayspring UMC; First UMC of Olathe, KS; and the Mexican Methodist Church, Mexico. The 2018 trip is April 3-10. more
Tlancualpican Work Team
The Methodist Church of Mexico has a social outreach project called “Give Ye Them to Eat” (GYTTE). It provides educational work experiences for volunteers raising their awareness of the needs of rural life. The work focuses on reality, healthy living, creation stewardship, environmentally-sound livestock management, sustainable agriculture, and Christian outreach. This is a cross between a jungle camp and a retreat; enabling one to reflect on lifestyles while experiencing a people and culture in a village setting.
Members work with people in poverty to develop and implement plans that create sustainability and wholeness. Members use their own vocational and life experiences and personal network to restore them to our communities. more
Kairos Outside – Prison Ministry
Kairos Outside is a Christian retreat for women who have loved ones in prison. Kairos, a word for God’s Special Time, brings women together to share common experiences of ‘Doing Time Alongside Their Loved Ones’, and to explore their relationship to God in a safe and loving environment.
Indian Bible Translators
India has a population of 1.2 billion people who speak 1652 different languages. Indian Bible Translators was founded in 1978 to translate the Bible in Bible-less languages in India. To date, they have translated the full New Testament into eight languages, with ten more in progress and the full Bible currently being translated into 37 languages. Dayspring has supported its work through prayer and financial resources.
IBT has grown over the years and now employs more than 100 people full time. It has also expanded to include a Children’s Home in Orissa, in the eastern part of the country. This Children’s Home is currently undergoing a renovation, thanks, in part to a donation from Dayspring. The kitchen, pantry/storage room, and bathrooms are all under construction. Photos
Youth Mission Projects
Dayspring Junior High and Senior High youth are quite involved with mission projects throughout the year. These programs include:
Sierra Service Project The youth travel to different Native American reservations or inner-city Los Angeles and spend a week repairing homes for families who cannot afford it or are unable to have the work done professionally.
30-Hour Famine The youth fast for 30 hours while they learn about world hunger and poverty, perform hunger-related missions projects in the community, and raise money for World Vision’s global food program.