Orphan Relief and Rescue works with orphans in West Africa that have simply been forgotten, that no one else will help. We are a grassroots organization delivering much-needed aid, construction, training and child development programs. We work alongside honest, caring orphanage directors that genuinely love orphans, and with local governments to rescue kids from abuse, neglect, and trafficking.
Matthew L Cramer, son of Ron and Pat Cramer, is the Country Director for Orphan Relief and Rescue in Liberia. He currently oversees project development as well as the day to day operations of the organization, as they work with Liberia's vulnerable orphaned population in both a relief and development capacity.
Matthew graduated from Liberty University in 2012 with a degree in Business Management. He joined Orphan Relief and Rescue in 2007 an served as the media director for the organization until he became Country Director in 2010.
Matthew lives in Monrovia, Liberia with his wife Alvina and son Kingsley.
The CCO is a campus ministry that partners with churches, colleges
and other organizations to develop men and women who live out their
Christian faith in every area of life. Our ministry is distinct in three
1. Our ministry is transformational . We challenge the students we serve to submit every area of their lives to Jesus Christ.
2. We partner with churches, colleges, and other organizations, placing our staff in strategic positions of influence on campus. Most of our staff people serve as an arm of the local church on campus, while others work in the chaplain’s office or in multicultural relations, student services, wilderness ministry, service learning, athletics, or residence life.
3. We do contextual ministry, meaning that our staff people adjust to the needs of the particular campus at which they serve. No two CCO ministries look exactly alike.
Kelly Cooke reaches out to NCAA Division 1 female athletes at U-Pitt
through a weekly Fellowship of Christian Athletes huddle, Bible studies,
and one-on-one weekly meetings with individuals. Kelly builds relationships
with female athletes as well as coaches in order to earn the right to
speak into their lives.
Kelly (Crowell) Cooke, daughter of Tim and Sue Mizer. In addition to sharing the gospel with students through relational evangelism, Kelly runs a weekly athlete fellowship, disciples student athletes, leads small group Bible studies and attends University of Pittsburgh athletic events and practices.
Kelly graduated in from Malone College with a degree in education. She joined CCO staff in 2001 to work with students at Waynesburg University as a resident director for four years. Kelly then worked as a resident director for two years at Grove City College before starting her current position at the University of Pittsburgh in 2007. In 2004, Kelly graduated from Geneva College with her master’s degree in higher education.
Kelly lives in the East End of Pittsburgh with her husband, Chris and two children Eliana and Malachi.
God’s plan is for a new creation. Followers of Jesus exemplify this vision of God by working today peace and justice. Each fall, Jefferson UMC invites people to simplify Christmas by spending less on ourselves and sharing our financial resources with under resourced people and communities through transformational ministries. Change the World consists of:
Through this “new creation” emphasis, Change the Word supports and empowers a variety of Christian rehabilitation and development works that change the world one life and one community at a time.
Christian Café is a food ministry of Jefferson UMC and is served on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of each month. The meal is free and open to anyone. Meals are prepared and served by Church members and anyone who wants to help make a difference in our community.
This ministry brings residents of local nursing homes and shut-ins to Jefferson UMC for a meal, singing, and prayer. Table Talk is served on the 2nd Tuesday of each month from noon to 1:30. The meal is prepared and served by members and friends of Jefferson UMC.
This is a short-term annual mission project for adults. Joy in Missions will typically focus on home construction in an under-resourced area of North America. No specific construction experience or talent is necessary. A heart to love one’s neighbor in a relevant way is essential.
This is our intergenerational, short-term summer mission project for high school students and adults. Like Joy in Missions, CHRISTO focuses on home rehabilitation/construction in under-resourced communities. In 2014 and 2015 CHRISTO served in St Albans, WV.