Serve in the World
Baltic Methodist Theological Seminary
The Baltic Methodist Theological Seminary is the largest United Methodist seminary in Europe, currently serving 99 students from eight countries who study in three languages: Estonian, Russian and English. Students receive internationally accredited, university-level training. Their studies prepare them for Christian ministry across the Baltic region and the former Soviet Union.
Phakamisa (pronounced pa-ga-mee-sa) is a Zulu word meaning to uplift.
Phakamisa strives to offer a hand up to people from impoverished communities, reaching out to those whose lives have been affected by the impact of HIV/AIDS. Phakamisa provides support, training and resources for mainly elderly women who care for and support children who are orphaned and vulnerable through HIV/AIDS. The unofficial AIDS infection rate for many of the communities in the state of KwaZulu-Natal in which Phakamisa works is one in two people.
United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR)
Compelled by Christ’s compassion, UMCOR is the church’s global response to natural or human-made disasters with hearts open to all people. UMCOR seeks to insure that all projects are performed with integrity by working with local partners in every area of service. Every dollar contributed to an UMCOR Advance goes to that program.
Heifer International works with communities to end hunger and poverty, and to care for the earth. Since 1944, Heifer has provided help to 13.6 million families worldwide. Heifer provides 22 different kinds of livestock to 817 projects on five continents, including 25 states in the US. It has helped 13.6 million families move toward greater self-reliance through raising livestock, training and “Passing on the Gift” — where recipients agree to share offspring of their animals with others in need. Hyde Park United Methodist groups have purchased animals every year. You can donate to Heifer International via the Aldersgate Corner Bookstore and Coffee Shop.
Seth Mokitimi Methodist Seminary
The Seth Mokotimi Methodist Seminary, located in KwaZulu-Natal, currently registers over 100 seminarians each year, all in formation training for the ministry of Christ through the agency of the church.
Email Doug and Sherri Roland, church liaisons, or call 813.731.2262. for more information. Also, contact Jon-Marc Olivier, agency liaison, +273384686000.
Upper Room Ministries
Upper Room Ministries has been serving Christians around the world for 75 years through The Upper Room Daily Devotional Guide, a source of inspiration, Scripture and prayer. Today, The Upper Room is published in 40 languages for 2.5 million readers in more than 100 countries. In 2003, Hyde Park became the second congregation to join the Church Partners in International Ministry to provide funding for distribution of The Upper Room in Cuba, Africa and Bulgaria.
Email Trish Krider, church liaison, or call 813.470.4616 for more information. Also email Dale Rust Waymack, agency liaison, or call 877.899.2780, ext 7236 for more information. View the Upper Room Ministries website.
Methodists United In Prayer
The Cuba-Florida Covenant, now known as Methodists United in Prayer, was created in 1997 between Cuba and Florida Methodist bishops to promote a renewed church/family relationship between Florida United Methodist churches and their sister churches in Cuba. The Guanito church and Hyde Park United Methodist exchange prayers and visitors to gain a better understanding of one another’s culture and worship practices.
Shining The Light Ministries
Shining the Light Ministries (STL) works with communities outside Leon, Nicaragua, to develop self-sustainability in agriculture and domestic businesses by providing field training, agronomy and veterinary support, and project management. Today there are over 75 gardens in eight rural communities at various stages of sustainability. There is one poultry farm that uses two coops for meat production and one poultry farm that utilizes two coops for egg production. A pilot project teaching English in one community is underway, and a sewing ministry works with five church communities.
Mission teams from Hyde Park United Methodist have partnered with STL and worked to leverage the skills of the STL team. STL’s Nicaraguan non-governmental organization continues to expand its programs as well as increase their mission to include addressing the day-to-day extraordinary needs in these communities caused by the unrest in the country. Indeed, through the support that STL has provided, these communities are better equipped to endure the challenges they face in the short term.
Email Clayton McNeel, church liaison, for more information.
Wycliffe - Partners in Bible Translation
Wycliffe – Partners in Bible Translation is a nondenominational mission organization dedicated to translating the Scriptures and teaching people to read and write in their own language. Hyde Park partners with missionary families in Brazil and Papua New Guinea.