Our church began supporting the Ganta Africa School Project in 1988. Thus began the many projects to support the school, such as making school bags and filling them with school supplies for the students. A scholarship program was also begun to assist the many students unable to meet the tuition requirement. The Ganta complex consists of 600 acres, which is not only home to the grade school, high school, and gymnasium, but also a leper colony, and the Ganta Hospital which includes an eye clinic and school of nursing.
Christmas Gift Ministry
The Christmas Gift Ministry is about bringing hope to families in the season where so many see a desolate, cold and dark place. Our mission is to provide gifts to our local community by providing gifts of love, food, gas cards, letters of encouragement, and a Bible, so that all may read and know of the light that God has brought. For more information, please contact the church office, 533-9518.
The Discretionary Fund is a fund to help church families with financial needs. We receive donations outside of the church budget of about $25,000 per year, and we pass those monies on to hurting families.
Goshen First United Methodist Church has a food pantry.We buy food from the Food Bank in South Bend, and receive donations from individuals. We serve needy families in the Goshen community. Currently we are serving 30 families per month. Last year we served 405 families in the community. We work with the Salvation Army, so we ask families to go there first before coming to our pantry. Pantry hours are from 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon each week day.
Goshen Interfaith Hospitality Network
Our church assists Goshen Interfaith Hospitality Network by providing meals at different times of the year for homeless families. At night these families are housed at St. Mark's United Methodist Church and during the day they are at the Day Center in Goshen.
Our church helps support Titus House, which is an organization to help men who have been released from prison. Volunteers come alongside these men and help them with food, job search, transportation, housing, etc. They also take them to church, Bible study, small groups, and some recreation.
Willing Hands Ministry
Our church helps people from our church or community with automotive repairs, ranging from minor assistance to more extensive repairs. We also help with home projects for those who are unable to do them.