Missions at First Mennonite

Our Mission Ministry focuses on engaging the congregation in local and global missions. Throughout the year, First Mennonite supports several local missions through monetary and tangible donations.

Global Missions

         Local Missions

Dan and Kathryn Smith Derksen
Dan and Kathryn, along with their sons Jacob and John-Clair, reside in South Africa, where they work alongside local partners to provide logistical support and develop peacebuilding programs. They serve with the South African Development and Reconciliation Agency. 

.Juanita Lemus Lopez de Machado & Francisco Machado Leiva
Juanita and Francisco are currently raising support to serve in Burgos, Spain. They will serve in a local church and engage in church planting.
Neighbors Store
MCC Relief Sale
Mennonite Central Committee
Harvey County Health Ministries
Offender/Victim Ministries
Peace Connections/Circles of Hope
Camp Mennoscah
New Hope Shelter

Local Mission Projects

The annual Verenike Supper attracts hundreds of people each February, as they come to enjoy verenike, German sausage, fried potatoes, green beans, cherry moos, zwiebach and homemade pie. This year, 2017, was the 32nd year of serving verenike. The money raised through the supper funds various mission projects. In the past, it has funded youth service trips, and most recently, a service trip to Montana to work at a youth camp and renovating a thrift shop. 
In February 2016, the Mission ministry organized a porch repair project for a lady in Halstead. The church utilized a grant from Western District Conference to help with costs of the project.
First Mennonite hosts the Mission Supper each year in November. The Mission Supper serves German Sausage, fried potatoes, green beans, zwiebach, and homemade pie. Donations are dispersed between chosen local and global mission projects. In 2016, the projects included Peace Connections and sponsoring the two mission partners above.
Each year, the Mission ministry organizes a Leaf Raking Day for members of our congregation, as well as other community members.
In December 2016, a few from the church had a vision to provide adequate housing for one of our couples. The project began over Christmas, with the removal of debris inside the house. In January, the remodel of the house began and made tremendous progress. Throughout the month, many church members donated time to repairs, drywall and painting.