Global Missions

Based on the “Great Commission”, one mission of Shady Grove United Methodist Church is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. Shady Grove does this through various means and we hope you will join us as we take direct responsibility for people of the world around our church, the community in which we and others study, work, shop, and play.

Operation Christmas Child

Through a simple shoebox gift with Operation Christmas Child, our congregation members can help change the world, one life at time. Shoeboxes are filled with school supplies, toys, hygiene items and a note of encouragement for a child overseas suffering due to disaster, disease, war, terrorism, famine or poverty. More information about Operation Christmas Child is at  In November 2017, Shady Grove UMC packed and wrapped over 550 shoeboxes! 

Heifer International

Heifer International's mission is to work with communities to end hunger and poverty and care for the Earth. It all started with a cow and we are thrilled to support this great mission by purchasing animals to give families a hand-up, not just a handout. We hope to empower families around the world to turn hunger and poverty into hope and prosperity. To read more about this great outreach go to


In October the children and youth of Shady Grove UMC, as well as SGUMC Preschool and Center for Creative Arts, trick-or-Treat for UNICEF, the United National International Childrens' Emergency Fund. Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF began in 1950 as a way to help kids who need more than candy. Since then, children all over America have gone door-to-door on Halloween with UNICEF collection boxes, calling out, "Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF!"  They have raised more than $170 million for the U.S. Fund for UNICEF since 1950.  Funds collected will help provide children around the world with clean water, nutritious food, medicine, vaccines, and education.  To see how pennies add up, $5 can buy a soccer ball for children in a refugee camp, and $30 can provide 100 children with a measles vaccine. The Power of Kids Helping Kids.


Shady Grove supports the following missionaries, working around the globe:

Nico and Natacha Chantel serving in Europe
Congratulations to Nico and Natacha on their marriage! Nico was one of our speakers last year for Global missions and he was preparing to begin his mission in Keil, Gemany. He was also praying for a wife and partner in his ministry and his prayers were answered! The power of prayer! He reconnected with another missionary (Natacha) and they have married and begun their ministry in Keil. They feel there is an urgent need for a Bible community and they are providing Bible studies that offer spiritual food as well as spiritual shelter. You can follow them on their website at or email them at

Kris and Kip Fisher serving in the Dominican Republic 
Kris and Kip and their family seek to connect the people of the Dominican Republic with solutions to both physical and spiritual needs. They offer help by meeting their material needs, while presenting the hope we have been provided by the gospel. By removing the barriers presented by physical needs and building genuine friendships, minds are opened and spiritual discussions can happen. Their outreach includes clean water programs, construction, education, and Discipleship/Bible studies. Visit their website at

Eva and Lindsay Gilliam
Eva and Lindsay Gilliam and their two sons are currently in Richmond preparing for their next assignment. They are preparing for their next journey to South Asia. They recently visited South Asia and feel this is where God is calling them to serve. While they are in the U.S. they have been very involved in ministering to Veterans at the VA Hospital among other ministries. They continue to serve daily wherever they are located. Their email is

Laura and Timo Harkonen
Laura and Timo Harkonen serve in the Democratic Republic of the Congo but they are currently serving in the U.S. while they await the birth of their baby. The Harkonens are missionaries with Mission Aviation Fellowship. Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF) serves people who deal with challenges due to isolation in regions such as Africa by providing medical assistance, disaster response, community development, training, and evangelism support to churches. Follow their website and see all the great things they are able to do with the help of Shady Grove at

Liz Jackson serving in the Philippines 
Liz is now in the Philippines teaching English and coaching basketball at a non-profit outreach as means to share the love of Jesus. She also serves in a homeless shelter for children. As Liz says, “Love all—serve all!”

Quynh-Hoa Nguyen serving in Vietnam 
Quynh-Hoa Nguyen was born in Vietnam and grew up in a Christian home in Danang. Quynh-Hoa received a Master of Divinity degree in the U.S. "My years of study in the United States were a journey of faith, which I explored, discerned, and renewed my call as I prepared myself to bring the gospel home.” The United Methodist Church in Vietnam has a center with training facilities in Ho Chi Minh City. Quyhn-Hoa works with other United Methodist personnel in the country. She is part of the Virginia Conference supported missionaries. We welcomed her as one of our guest speakers for Global Missions Sunday on October 8! READ QUYNH'S THANKSGIVING NEWSLETTER

Heather and James serving in location undisclosed
This family is trying to reach the locals and bring them to Christ. James is reaching out to the men in the community by offering a service in the business community and opening doors for further conversations about Christ. Heather is ministering to women in the community in various ways, “Bringing one disciple at a time!" 

Virginia United Methodist Conference Missions

For more information regarding the missions of our conference, visit

If interested in joining the planning of global missions at SGUMC, please contact Teresa Gagliardi at or 804-241-3144.