Advance Special Ministries

The Advance is an official channel for designated giving in The United Methodist Church. While the priority is for local churches to support the World Service and other apportioned funds and conference benevolences, Advance giving is designated so individuals, church groups, congregations, districts and annual conferences can select specific ministries to support voluntarily.

General Advance Specials are approved by the General Board of Global Ministries (GBGM) as worthy projects of United Methodist support. All donations for the Advance go to the projects for which they are designated.


The following General Advance Special Projects have been recommended by the Western NC Conference, but click here to learn about others.

Salary support for mission personnel related to the Western North Carolina Conference:

Clara Biswas, Street Children, Cambodia (13952Z)
Emmanuel Barte, Faith Engiest, Laos (13985Z)

Beverly Barte, Education, Laos (13984Z)

Randy Hildebrant, Youth Ministry, The Jubilee Project, Tennessee (982961)
Esther Gitobu, VIM Coordinator, Cambodia (13959Z)
Gordon Graner, Dominican Republic (10835Z)
Ardell Graner, Dominican Republic (10836Z)
Fran Lynch, Church/Community Worker, Alaska (982950)
Dwaine Morgan, MRC, Mooresville (982923)
Poto Valentine Shutsha, Wings of Caring, DR Congo (14163Z)
Vickie Sigmon, Open Arms Ministry, Winston-Salem (982916)
Jacques Akasa Umembudi, Wings of Caring, DR Congo (14020Z)
Mary Zigbuo, Circles of Hope, Union County, N.C. (10721Z)

Parish Partners Support

Alaska Missionary Conference (931027)
Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference (583634)
Rio Grande Conference (531733)

Other Projects

Africa Church Growth and Development Fund (08233T)
Curamericas (Andean Rural Health) (10158A)
Appalachian Regional Ministries (982041)
Baltic Mission Center, Tallinn, Estonia (10923N)
Bethlehem Center, Charlotte (982149)
Bethlehem Center, (982149)
Cambodia General (000230-A) Specify project:_______________________
Cherokee United Methodist Ministries (731144)
Congo General (DRC) Several Projects:
– Agricultural School at Wembo Nyama (3021396)
– Central Congo Resource Center (3020674)
– Central Congo Wings of Caring (08595A)
– Diengenga Trade School, Lodja, Equipment & Scholarship (3021397) Renamed Jack & Renie Miner Technical Institute in 2012
– Diengenga Industrial Department (15108C)
– Mama Tola Women Development Program (3020687)
– Minga Hospital and Wembo Nyama Repairs and Solar Panels for Maternity (13573O)
– Kinshasa Orphanage Rebuilding and Reopening (15100N)
– The Patrice Lumbumba University (3021403)
– Wembo Nyama Industrial Department  (3021395)
English-Speaking Congregation, Vienna, Austria (12001A)
Henderson Settlement, Kentucky (773365)
Hinton Rural Life Center, Hayesville, NC (Program) (73 1372)

Imagine No Malaria (3021190)

John Wesley Primary School, Equipment, South Africa (11033A)
Mercy Ships (532001) (2010 Trips)
Nothing But Nets (982015)
Red Bird Mission, Inc., Kentucky (773726)
Society of St. Andrew (Potato Project) (801600)
Stop Hunger Now (982795)
Lithuania Mission Initiative, Lithuania (12168A)
Thui Rancho Project, Bolivia (12309A)


UMCOR Projects

Bread for the World (982325)
Child Action Initiative
CROP (Church World Service) (982380)
Disaster Response, USA (901670)
Disaster Response, International (982450)
Heifer Project International (982532)
UMCOR Sager Brown Depot (901515)
World Hunger/Poverty (982920)

Conference Advance Specials

Carolina Cross Connection (Camp/Home Repair/Outreach Ministry)
Cherokee United Methodist Church Ministry (Poverty/Outreach Ministry) (731144)
Conference Disaster Response Fund (Disaster Response/Outreach Ministry)
Disciple Bible Outreach Ministry (Prison/Outreach Ministry)
Faith Action International House, Greensboro (Faith Connections Ministry)
Food Banks (Specify: Asheville, Charlotte, Winston-Salem)
Golden Cross – WNCC (Healthcare/Outreach Ministry)
Hands of Hope, Anson County (Generational Poverty/Outreach Ministry)\
Kenya Partnership Ministries (Poverty/Outreach Ministry)
Open Arms Community, Winston-Salem (Child/Poverty/Outreach Ministry)
Prison MATCH of NC, Inc. (Child/Prison/Outreach Ministry)
Project AGAPE, Armenia (Poverty/Outreach Ministry)
Salkahatchie Summer Service-WNCC (Camp/Home Repair/VIM Ministry)
Scandinavian Caravan – WNCC (Faith Connections Ministry)
Thomasboro Community of Shalom, Charlotte (Poverty/Faith Connections)
UMAR-WNC, lnc. (Special Needs Ministry)
United Methodist Deaf Ministry-WNC, Inc. (Special Needs Ministry)
WNCC Good Samaritan Clinic, Dominican Republic (Medical Ministry)
WNCC Building Teams (VIM/Building/Outreach Ministry)
WNCC Mission Response Center, Terrell, NC (VIM/Outreach Ministry)
World of God (Child Sponsorship/Community Ministry)
Yokefellow Prison Ministry of North Carolina (Prison/Outreach Ministry)


Children’s Fund for Christian Mission
Bishop’s Initiative on Children in Poverty
Permanent Fund: Encounter Christ Youth Service Fund

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