Christmas Shoebox Ministry

Christmas Shoebox Ministry
Starts: Starts July 5-July 31
Cost: $25.00 ($20 Supplies, $5 to Ship)
Two Ways to Sponsor:
  1.  Sponsor Online -Click Here
  2. Sponsor by mailing or dropping off checks at the church office, please note Shoebox Ministry on the memo line.
The Christmas Shoebox Ministry is on for 2020! We love sharing the message, hope and love of Jesus Christ to children and communities less fortunate around the world, it’s part of our DNA and who we are at Guntersville First UMC.
This year we do a have few changes in how we will provide gifts for this wonderful ministry due to COVID restrictions, and limited store items. We will share the love of Jesus by sponsoring a child’s shoebox for $25 ($20 for the items and $5 for shipping). You can sponsor as many children as you’d like, sponsorship will go thru the end of July. 
Once sponsorship/donations are in, we will purchase shoebox items in bulk and have one awesome packing party! We need your help to make this precious ministry happen. If you would like to volunteer for this ministry, please email Pastor Mark Mayo with how you can serve. Volunteers needed for the following areas:
  • Purchase shoebox items in bulk
  • Packing stations setup
  • Pack & Pray
  • Ship
For questions email

Overseas Mission Trips

Quito, Ecuador
For several years we have sent a team to Ecuador to serve in a clinic for a large
day care facility in Quito. Volunteers do exams, fill prescriptions, and minister to
over 600 locals. A Vacation Bible School is held for the children during the week.
To learn more about our future Ecuador Mission Trips, contact Jim Harris at:

Missionaries We Support

In 2014, Jimmy has started working with the International Leadership Institute. He is involved in the training of those who will minister in the part of the world where the Gospel is restricted, the Church is persecuted, and the poorest of the poor live.  He organizes and teaches those who will go into these areas on The Great Commission.



(Robin is the daughter of Paula Warnes and the late Jim Warnes of GFUMC)
After over 35 years of ministry in the Middle East, Mark and Robin have shifted locations and are now more involved in collaboration with Spanish churches where multiple nationalities congregate. Mark teaches and preaches, plus promotes Scripture through special seminars. They are both involved in evangelism and the training of workers going to closed countries.
After serving churches for over 15 years in youth and children’s ministries, plus evangelism and outreach, they felt and answered the call to full time missions.  Leaving Gardendale FUMC and moving to Peru with their 3 children, they started with enthusiasm to learn the new language and culture as they were making new friends and beginning to form a new church in an underserved area.
For 8 years, Daniel and Brandi have lived in Chiquimula, Guatemala. They have 3 children, and are independent missionaries and serve as directors of Eyes Wide Open Ministries (EWO). They work alongside pastors and leaders in mountain villages as well as support 4 local schools and the national hospital with Biblical education and supplies.