Clemmons UMC is a Hope Companion Partner with

ZOE-Helping Children Help Themselves

It’s time for another Zoe Lenten Challenge! CUMC is entering our 5th year as a ZOE Hope Companion, and our partnership has grown from one working group to four. 

Zoe is a program that works with orphans in Africa and Central America, with the goal of helping these children and youth break the cycle of poverty and become self-sufficient. The children entering the ZOE empowerment program face a daily struggle to survive. ZOE provides a safe environment and three years of supplies and training in skills that prepare these children to provide for themselves. They earn money by learning skills such as planting crops, sewing/tailoring, animal husbandry, business management and saving plans, carpentry, welding, etc. Our first working group, called Amani (“Peace”), consisted of 131 children who recently graduated from the program. In 2016, we supported two additional working groups with over 200 children, and in 2018 added a new group, Baraka Yetu (“Our Blessing”) of 86 children. All together, we have supported over 400 children through the Zoe program!


To support each working group, we commit to provide $8,000 each year, for three years. For our first three groups, we have collected donations to fund all three years in no more than two and a half years! This commitment is primarily funded through our annual Lenten Challenge, which is a challenge to “Do Less” for Orphans. In other words, by “doing less” and donating the cost of a few luxuries (think Starbucks, eating out, and even Fortnite V-bucks!) to Zoe, we have been able to fund the majority of our commitment each year.

Help us to continue this important ministry by taking home one of the Zoe boxes around the church and filling it with your “Do Less” donations. Keep that up throughout Lent, and then bring your boxes back on Easter morning. With CUMC support, the ZOE ministry is changing lives!

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