News from Missionaries Pat and Melenda Edmiston

News from Missionaries Pat and Melenda Edmiston

Hyde Park’s mission partners, Pat and Melenda Edmiston are missionaries with Wycliffe – Partners in Bible Translation, a nondenominational mission organization dedicated to translating the Scriptures and teaching people to read and write in their own language.

Dear Hyde Park Family,

God’s Word is powerful and it changes lives dramatically. We read Earl’s testimony in our devotional this week.

Earl had so much money that he never needed to work and yet he was empty. He took all kinds of drugs, even hard core heroin and ended up in the hospital. Someone thought to give him a New Testament while visiting him there.

He was thrilled because the thin paper was perfect for rolling marijuana joints. Earl rolled his way through Matthew, Mark and Luke, but when he came to the Gospel of John, he began to read. The Holy Spirit opened his mind and heart and he encountered Jesus. His emptiness gave way to Joy.

The young  psychologist in charge of his case, was very beautiful and had been a model. One day she said to Earl, ‘Look, I have it all – success, beauty and endless qualifications – yet I am not fulfilled. Your life is a mess, yet you seem to have something – a peace and a joy. What is it?’ With his new found faith he took her to the Savior. Later they were married.

Earl and his wife are believers today; their lives, radically changed by the Word of God in the book of John.

A few days ago, Pat finished translation-checking the Gospel of John with a language team in a very dangerous area of Southeast AsiaI Every night they go to bed knowing that their home might be stormed and they could be dragged away.

They finished John 16:33 where Jesus said, “I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.”  At that point, they shared that in spite of the insecurity that they are facing, it has not robbed them of the peace that they have in knowing Jesus.

How precious is that?!  We are thankful to be in Bible translation ministry.

Thank you for continuing to partner with us financially and through your prayers. Together we are making an impact.

In His Love,

Pat & Mel

Baltic Methodist Theological Seminary News

Baltic Methodist Theological Seminary (BMTS), our mission partner, is the largest United Methodist seminary in Europe, and serves students from eight countries who study in three languages: Estonian, Russian and English. Their newsletter is titled Prayerchain, it begins with a message from Külli Tõniste, Rector. Here’s an excerpt:


Dear friends,

The new academic year at Baltic Methodist Theological Seminary has started with hard work. This devotional, that our faculty Hindrek Taavet Taimla shared during a prayer time, captures our feelings and helps to focus on what is most important.

“Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.” -John 4:23,24

As we come to face some very technical and heavily academic (and administrative) work, we should not see it apart from a life of worship. We don´t divide our theological studies or research as secular and our church life as spiritual. At the Seminary, we learn how to love God with our whole mind. There also does not have to be a divide between the heart and the mind. In fact, the BMTS motto in Latin is Mente et Corde (‘with mind and heart’). Therefore, let us make our work desk an altar and every paper – be it as void of life as the accreditation report that our staff has to prepare the for ministry of education – let us make it an act of worship, because just as at the altar, God is seeking to meet us there!

Read their newsletter

Welcome Refugee Families With Thanksgiving Baskets

Welcome Refugee Families With Thanksgiving Baskets

Hyde Park United Methodist joins other local religious organizations to welcome refugees from around the world.

By now, you’ve seen the headlines about our current refugee crisis. As Afghan and Haitian refugees are forced to leave the volatile and unsafe conditions of their home countries and make their way to safety, many groups are working hard to arrange housing assistance, provide food, secure medical support, offer translation services, and equip them with pathways to employment and self-sufficiency.

We are expecting 750 new refugees this year. Since last October, Hillsborough County has had 2,331 new arrivals qualifying for refugee services. The refugees are mostly coming from Afghanistan, Haiti, Cuba, Democratic Republic of Congo, Iraq, Syria, Ethiopia and Venezuela.

This Thanksgiving let’s make them feel welcome. Hyde Park’s goal is to provide 100 refugee families with each of the following items:

*5 lbs. Jasmine Rice
*1 Gallon Vegetable/Canola Oil
*5 lbs. Dry Beans/Canned Beans
*1 lb. Loose Leaf Green Tea
*5 lbs. Flour
*5 lbs. Lentils
*$20 Walmart gift card for the family.
Please only purchase gift cards from Walmart for $20.

Or, make a donation toward this effort here.

You can also write a short note to a refugee family using these ways to say “Welcome”:

Afghanistan:  Salâm
Haiti:  Akeyi
Cuba:  Bienvenido
Democratic Republic of Congo:  Boyei bolamu
Iraq:  Yaa hėlaa
Syria:  A
hlan wasahlan bik fi suria
Ethiopia:  I
nikwani dehina met’ahi
Venezuela:  Bienvenido                       

Hyde Park joins these organizations in this interfaith Thanksgiving:

*Congregation Beth Am
*Lutheran Services
*Mission Hill Church
*Palma Ceia Presbyterian
*Radiant Hands
*Spirit of Life Unitarian Universalists
*Tampa Bay Refugee Task Force
*The Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church
*The Presbytery of Tampa Bay

For more information, contact The Rev. Sally Campbell-Evans or The Rev. Vicki Walker.

Missions Celebration

Missions Celebration

Welcome to Hyde Park’s Missions Celebration! God is at work through our Mission and Outreach ministries to touch the lives of our neighbors near and far!

 Explore how God is calling you to serve. We are ALL IN Together as we support these partners in ministry. Scroll through all they ways you can make God’s love real locally and around the globe. 



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Mission Smiles Dental Clinic–Oct. 3

Mission Smiles Dental Clinic–Oct. 3

Mission Smiles partners with local churches and ministries to provide dental clinics in various neighborhoods throughout Tampa Bay, bringing the hands of Jesus to those in need.

They provided this report of their visit on Oct. 3, 2021:

Mission Smiles served 17 guests and performed 30 extractions. The dollar value of dental services and volunteer hours provided to the community was $14,675. See the full report.

News from Shining The Light Ministries

News from Shining The Light Ministries

Shining the Light Ministries, our mission partner in Nicaragua, provides agriculture training and support to low income families in the area around Leon. Their focus is in three areas: Gardens, Poultry and Sewing.

Here is an excerpt from their latest newsletter:


Greg Lentz, our associate director, shares more reflections of his recent trip in Nicaragua:

As I look back on my most recent trip to Nicaragua, I find that the Lord provided many opportunities to engage with the pastors and people of the communities.

This was my third trip – and with each adventure I find that God has given me a greater love and desire to serve with the wonderful staff of Shining the Light Ministries. I still feel very new to the ministry and every time I travel to León, I learn more about our God and the people that He has called us to serve.

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