The Rev. Delbert Groves is a United Methodist
missionary with the General Board of Global Ministries
based in Kitwe, Zambia. With his wife, Sandy, who is
also a missionary, he serves at the New Life Center.
The center, established in 2001 through Delbert and
Sandy's efforts, has grown into a resource for the
young United Methodist Provisional Conference of
Zambia. It has numerous outreach ministries, including
New Life Press, health education, PET Zambia
(handicap bikes for mobility), a learning and computer
lab, English instruction, instruction in new church
construction, and other training ministries. Additional
information is available online at
www.NewLifeZambia.com. The couple also hosts
volunteer-in-mission work teams.
Delbert's focus at present is on church leadership and
spiritual growth training through conferences, seminars,
workshops, and crusades. He also works in the
New Life Pressroom, training and developing future
printers and creating printed material.
Delbert and Sandy served for eight years in the Southern Congo Annual Conference in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) until political unrest necessitated their relocation to the neighboring country of Zambia.
Delbert was ordained as an elder by the Zambia Provisional Conference in 2006. He is a member of the Florida Annual Conference.
Reflecting on his work in Africa, Delbert says, "Christ not only saves us from our sinful, selfish nature, but He heals the body and mind so we can discover all that He has for us to live out a new life filled with purpose and hope. I love watching God work!"
Delbert and Sandy have four adult sons: James, Nicholas, Seth, and Nathan, three daughters-in-law: Kellie, Lisa, and Amanda, as well as four grandchildren: Charles, William, Taylor, and Del.
Three yard sales are held annually in November, January and April. A hard working group of Mariner volunteers collect donations for the sale on Tuesday and Thursday mornings throughout the year (except in the summer). They will also arrange for pick up of household and large items. These fundraisers support the work of our church.
The Food Pantry, manned by volunteers, is open every Monday and Thursday from 9 A.M. - 11 A.M. Any persons in the community needing help feeding their family is welcome. Our Mariner family contributes generously with both food and money used to purchase items in bulk quantities to keep the pantry stocked.
Back-packs for students returning to school, Christmas Angels to assist families needing help with Christmas gifts for children, Ditty Bags (Little Bags of Hope) with toiletries for the local women’s shelter, Blanket Sunday collecting blankets for the Florida United Methodist Children’s Home.
Meets together on Tuesday from 10 A.M. - 1 P.M. You can choose to work on a craft already in progress or bring one of your own. This group, through their craft fairs raise, money for missions including Florida United Methodist Children’s Home, Food Pantry, Hospice, and more.
Delbert and Sandy Groves
How Was Your Breakfast Today?
Mine was Cheerios, a bit of milk, and a banana on top. Pretty routine and I take it for granted. God has blessed me with enough resources to enjoy a nice breakfast each day. I am thankful.
However, since working in our Food Pantry, I come in contact with folks who are not so fortunate. Time after time I see those who look like they skipped breakfast, beecause they wanted to or because they had to. I don't ask, but suspect because they had to.
Our Church is so very blessed to be able to offer some help to those in need. Yes, my heart breaks sometimes, but is overjoyed other times when I see the look of appreciation from most we help.
Please take the time to notice the food pantry display, near the entrance, of food items we pass on. If you are so moved, please add a few of these items to your personal shopping list each week
So, what did you have for breakfast today?
Submitted by Bob Harvey, Pantry Greeter