Serve in the US & the World

Make a difference and have an impact!  Check out the many opportunities to serve those in the United States and around the World.
Disaster Relief Missions
Bethany Disaster Response Team
Local

Bethany is part of the Austin Disaster Relief Network (ADRN) which is comprised of church, ministry and business leaders within the Christian community of Greater Austin.
Contact Jimmy Wilson

United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR)
U.S. & International

UMCOR is consistently among the first teams on the ground providing aide when disasters occur around the world. 100% of designated relief donations go directly to the specific relief effort. Administrative costs are covered through UMCOR Sunday, an annual special offering taken in United Methodist Churches around the world.

Helping Children
Child Sponsorship through World Vision - Matete, Kenya

Transforming the lives of children and giving them a hopeful future full of opportunity. The transformation from a life of poverty to a life of self-sufficiency is fueled by child sponsorship, which is $35/month. The transformation occurs in three primary ways:

  • Meeting the immediate needs of the sponsored child
  • Strengthening the community which supports him or her.
  • Opportunity for personal relationship

AIDS Orphans - Maua, Kenya

The program supports children under the care of the extended family members in the community who have been orphaned by AIDS; this involves offering them necessary skills, information, education, training on how to cope with psychological effects and the social effects of losing their parents and counseling them to reduce the risk of HIV infection.
Contact:  Wynn Stenftenagel, 512-258-6017

United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR): AIDS Orphan Project Information & Donation Link

Shalom Home, Santo Tomas, El Salvador

Bethany has a long standing relationship with the Shalom Home in Santo Tomas near San Salvador, El Salvador.  It is an orphanage and school, with a recently completed a health clinic.  Mission team members have an opportunity for construction, office work, a feeding program for the very poor, and lots of fun with the children at the home.
Contact:  Kris Cutler, 512-258-6017

Knit-a-Square

Remember your childhood blankie? Be a part of creating something beautiful for God’s children! We knit or crochet 8 inch squares and send them to South Africa to be assembled into blankets for HIV positive children or orphans.
Contact:  Margaret Wilson, 512-266-2650

Helping the Hungry
World Vision 30 Hour Famine

Each year, Bethany's youth participate in this World Vision event to raise awareness and funds to help fight hunger around the world. The funds raise by Bethany are used to help buy food and support sustainability in Matete, Kenya.
Contact:  Kris Cutler, 512-258-6017

Mobility & Transportation
Mobility Worldwide, TX-Austin

A PET Mobility Cart is a three-wheeled, off-road wheelchair, operated by hand power. Built by a faith-based, non-profit, volunteer organization, PET Mobility Carts are delivered at no cost to people in developing countries who have lost the use of their legs due to birth defects, polio, diabetes, spinal cord injuries, landmines or war.
Contact:  John RuddJim WhiteBill Crane

Health Ministries
AIDS Orphans - Maua, Kenya

The program supports children under the care of the extended family members in the community who have been orphaned by AIDS; this involves offering them necessary skills, information, education, training on how to cope with psychological effects and the social effects of losing their parents and counseling them to reduce the risk of HIV infection.
Contact:  Wynn Stenftenagel, 512-258-6017

United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR): AIDS Orphan Project Information & Donation Link

Maua Methodist Hospital - Maua, Kenya

Maua Methodist Hospital is an agency of the Methodist Church of Kenya and serves as a regional medical center in the Maua area of Meru Province. Serving a population of over 450,000 persons - including 110,000 children - the hospital provides general medical services including maternity, surgery, dental and optical.
Contact:  Wynn Stenftenagel

Shalom Home, Santo Tomas, El Salvador

Bethany has a long standing relationship with the Shalom Home in Santo Tomas near San Salvador, El Salvador.  It is an orphanage and school, with a recently completed a health clinic.  Mission team members have an opportunity for construction, office work, a feeding program for the very poor, and lots of fun with the children at the home.
Contact:  Kris Cutler, 512-258-6017

Clinica Betania - Reynosa, Mexico

Located in Reynosa, Mexico, Clinica Betania, or Bethany Clinic, provides medical and dental services for low cost or no charge to patients in the Reynosa area who cannot afford these services. It is a ministry of the Methodist Church of Mexico.  Clinica Betania is represented in Reynosa by Bethany UMC’s covenant mission partner Willie Berman.
Contact:  Wynn Stenftenagel, 512-258-6017

Nothing But Nets -Imagine No Malaria

Coordinated program between the NBA, the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR), and the Episcopal Church’s NetsforLife program, to provide bed nets to families in sub-Saharan Africa, where malaria claims a life every 60 seconds. One $10 donation to NBN provides a net which protects a family of 4 for up to five years.
Contact:  Gail Buckley, 512-250-5276

Christmas, Easter, Seasonal
Christmas Cards for Troops

Toward the end of summer, we make Christmas Cards available for members and other groups to write a note and sign which are then sent to our troops. This is a project of the Christians on the Go Sunday school class, which meets at 11:00 each Sunday.
Contact:  Christians on the Go Sunday School Class

Monthly Opportunities


Serving Opportunities

In the Church

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Bags of Grace

Beyond Our Walls:
In the Community

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Keys to New Home-Maua Kenya

Beyond Our Walls:
in the Us & the world

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