Welcome to the Missions page! Here you will find a list of both on- and off-campus ministries and mission organizations that FUMC Chula Vista partners with. If you are looking for ways to get more involved in serving our church or community, you’ve come to the right place!
 
“Let us consider how we can spur one another on toward love and good deeds.”
– Hebrews 10:24
Every child has a story. For 2.7 million American children, that story is filled with the abandonment, loneliness and shame that comes from having a parent in prison.  Angel Tree, a program of Prison Fellowship, reaches out to the children of inmates and their families with the love of Christ. For more information, please contact Artcel Ruiz at typearealty@gmail.com
God’s Extended Hand is a place of evangelical ministry aimed at showing the homeless population of San Diego the Love of God. We endeavor to do this by providing a gathering place where they can come and experience a sit down restaurant style meal in a peace filled Christ focused environment. For more information, please contact Dave Balk at davebalk@sbcglobal.net
The mission of the Guatemala Mission Project is to support Mayans in securing a voice in their own future. It is accomplished by partnerships with faith-based communities in Guatemala and the United States by building educational, medical, and recreational facilities as well as providing scholarships, education, health care, and home improvements in Guatemala funded primarily though the sale of indigenous Mayan products. It is the shared work and prayers that help support healthy, educated, and culturally stable Mayan communities. For more information, please contact sdguatemalaproject@gmail.com
IB UMC Loaves and Fishes
The Loaves and Fishes program feeds local homeless or those in need every Saturday from 6-10 a.m. With the support of local food banks, other churches, and donations, the program successfully feeds up to 60 individuals each week. Showers are also available with toiletries donated by community members and church members. For more information, please contact Christi Parcel at bcparcel@gmail.com
We empower families to turn hunger and poverty into hope and prosperity – but our approach is more than just giving them a handout. Heifer links communities and helps bring sustainable agriculture and commerce to areas with a long history of poverty. Our animals provide partners with both food and reliable income, as agricultural products such as milk, eggs and honey can be traded or sold at market. When many families gain this new sustainable income, it brings new opportunities for building schools, creating agricultural cooperatives, forming community savings and funding small businesses. For more information, please contact Kati Schmitz katischmitz@yahoo.com
The Interfaith Shelter Network is a collaborative effort by local congregations, human services agencies and government entities to provide shelter, services, and resources to homeless San Diegans throughout the region. The vision of the Interfaith Shelter Network is to eliminate homelessness in the urban communities of San Diego County through a cooperative partnership with faith-based communities, related government programs, and social service agencies. 
For more information, please contact Christi Parcel at bcparcel@gmail.com
Kairos is a prison ministry rooted in  Matthew 25:36, “I was in prison and you visited me.” Kairos believes that true rehabilitation starts with the “heart”. With this in mind our ministry to incarcerated men and women begins with the Kairos weekend where volunteers model and communicate God’s unconditional love, grace and mercy. It is here that God begins changing hearts. A key outcome of the Kairos weekend is for participants to find hope and a new vision for their life through a relationship with God. For more information, please contact Charlie Morton at chas.san@juno.com
Metro is a faith-based organization committed to empowering low income individuals, families and communities to overcome poverty and to achieve self sufficiency through employment, education, social services and leadership development. The Good Neighbor Center is a drop-in site for adults and families offering activities and small classes, as well as emergency food and clothing assistance. For more information, please contact Debbie Raysin at draysin@metrosandiego.org
Quilt Ministry 
The quilt ministry is a group of individuals who are committed to creating prayer quilts for members of the congregation who are needing community prayer. Prayer quilts are often seen after services, where members of the congregation are invited to tie knots, write their names, and let the person(s) in need of prayer see, in a tangible way, the ways that they are being cared for. For more information, please contact Virginia Taylor at gampatch@cox.net
South Bay Community Services partners with churches and Feeding America to offer a multitude of programs to assist families with one of life’s most basic necessities: FREE Hot Meals, SD Food Bank, Emergency Food Assistance Programs, and Food for Families programs. For more information, please contact Christi Parcel at bcparcel@gmail.com
Storefront is San Diego’s only emergency shelter program for homeless, runaway, and “street” youth. Youth can access the shelter with or without referral and will be assured a safe place to stay until their lives have been stabilized with the help of professional and caring staff and volunteers. For more information, please  contact Christi Parcel at bcparcel@gmail.com

 

We partner with the Church, and promote opportunities to proclaim the Gospel. The Ensenada Outreach Center (EOC) camp is located in a small, quiet suburb of Ensenada, called Chapultepec. The villages and communities served are further south in the fields and rural areas on the outskirts of Ensenada. There is much work that needs be done in these communities. The EOC is committed to the ideal that all of our work will be done through the local church, with local support and leadership.  We have, and continue to develop, strong connections with pastors, churches, and civic leaders throughout the area. For more information, please contact Pastor Brian Parcel at brian.parcel@fumccv.org
*Please note that not all ministry partners or missions organizations that FUMC Chula Vista supports are directly affiliated with the United Methodist Church.