Missions We Support

During the Outbreak —-

Important things you can do to help:

GET HELP – VOLUNTEER – DONATE through the Waverly United Way

– Volunteer to help where needs exist in the Cedar Valley at the Volunteer Center

Donate to the Northeast Iowa Food Bank at https://www.northeastiowafoodbank.org/

The Bremer Avenue Food Pantry is NOT taking donations of Food at this time, but they are distributing food from the Northeast Iowa Food Bank. The best way to support the Bremer Food Pantry is with a monetary donation. Food can still be donated in Waterloo at Northeast Iowa Food Bank, 1605 Lafayette Street, Waterloo, IA 50703

The current climate presents challenges to helping in this time of need. But one important thing that you can do is reach out to your neighbors to see what their needs might be. Perhaps you can run an errand, deliver a hot meal, let them know you are praying for them, or simply provide a conversation. 


Larry & Jane Kies

Larry and Jane Kies are United Methodist missionaries serving Mutare, Zimbabwe, in southern Africa. Watch a video of them in the field to learn more about the Kies’ work. Larry serves as technical advisor to the Africa University Farm working with the farm manager to develop an agricultural program that makes the university farm more efficient, and Jane Kies, originally from Zambia, teaches intensive English to students from non-English-speaking countries at Africa University in Mutare.

Laura and Timo Harkonen
Laura and Timo Harkonen will be in Nairobi for two years. Laura provides this update:
Timo will be teaching theology students that come from all over Africa at Africa International University. He will also be working through a mentoring program and some curriculum development to help him be truly prepared to return to grassroots teaching in rural Africa. The vision is to help provide strong Biblical training and discipleship for national church leaders and missionaries who do not have the financial means to attend a University, but who will strengthen the church and be involved with evangelism and discipleship. It is essentially the same vision as the learning center that was started in Nyankunde. We will also conquer Swahili, which we had began in Congo, but not mastered. After two years, we will move to a smaller village in one of the Swahili speaking countries where Timo will then focus on grassroots level teaching, discipling and equipping local Christians to go out and make disciples and plant Christ-centered churches among their own people. Updated 7/2019

Local Work

Bremer Jail Ministry

A weekly program to visit and pray with the women at the local county jail, this ministry has the goal of supporting, comforting, and forming relationships.

Saint’s Cafe 

A free meal program served on Monday evenings at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Trinity provides and serves the meal one week a month in a rotation with other local churches. 

Brown Bags Program

In order to provide groceries for a Thanksgiving meal to those who otherwise may not have the resources, this is a program where Trinity members collect, organize, and deliver food. In 2019, 151 area families were served.

School Partners

Trinity is teamed up with area principals to help provide teachers with items to help calm and focus students with emotional or behavior problems, as well as help teachers with classroom supplies that often come out of their own pocket. 

Trinity also supports:

Friends of the Family, Habitat for Humanity, the Bremer County Food Pantry, and various other local endeavors. 



Women at the Well Prison Ministry at Mitchelville, Iowa

Iowa UMC Disaster Response

Northeast Iowa Food Bank



UMC Native America Ministries

UMCOR Disaster Response



Self-Help, International

Africa University (Scholarship, Tractor, Kitchen)

Costa Rica Feeding Program

UMCOR Disaster Response