Baton Rouge, Louisiana Mission – May 28 – June 3, 2017 – A team of 7 completed repairs for an individual (Marie) in Baton Rouge whose home was flooded by 3 to 4 feet of water in August 2016. The project included carpentry work, sheetrocking, painting, door replacements, and bathroom repairs. Our FUMC Huntsville team worked under the umbrella of Louisiana United Methodist Disaster Recovery, and were provided lodging and great hospitality at Magnolia United Methodist Church.
Eagle Pass, Texas Mission – June 14-20, 2015 – A team of 20 volunteers traveled to Eagle Pass to assist Boarder Hope (a non-profit agency committed to helping residents in need in Maverick County, Texas) in rebuilding homes afftected by major flooding in 2013 and additional flooding in spring of 2015. The team split into two work groups and completed a number of critical repairs of Maria’s house and Ruth’s house (debris removal, sheetrocking, carpentry, tile work, painting). A third team took to their sewing machines and made clothing for the young children in need. The team got to know the families and had many opportunities to eat wonderful lunches prepared our new friends. FUMC Eagle Pass provided lodging at their Hiller House Mission Complex and Social Hall.
Colorado Fire Recovery Mission – June 15-23, 2013 – FUMC Missions sponsored a summer mission trip to Buckhorn Camp in Northern Colorado, a guest ranch and camp owned by the Rocky Mountain Conference of the United Methodist Church since 1964. In 2012, many areas in Buckhorn Camp were devastated by wildfire. So in June, a work team of 14 able-bodied adults with open hearts and willing hands (age range of 19 to 83) traveled to Colorado to help with the rebuilding process. The team downed 200+ trees, chain sawed tree stumps, cleared and hauled away debris, repaired cabin windows and screens, mowed acres of overgrown grass, and performed a variety of other much needed cleanup tasks. It was hard work, but a wonderful experience for the whole team.
Jamaica Mission – JUNE 4 – 11, 2016 – Rev. Tommy Lyles led an FUMC Huntsville, TX sponsored team of 15 on a mission in Jamaica at the Ramble Methodist Church, Mango Valley, Ocho Rios. The team conducted Vacation Bible School in the church sanctuary for 40+ kids ages 3-6 and 80 to 90 kids ages 6-12. They also completed repairs and maintenance of the onsite Basic School, including building and installing shelves and cupboards and painting the interior. Thanks to the generous donations of FUMC Huntsville, Huntsville Elementary School, and others in Huntsville, the team also provided much needed school supplies to both the Basic School and the Primary School a mile or so down the road.
The people there were so grateful for our assistance and fellowship. The team was truly blessed by the presence and enthusiam of the children. And the children’s singing was heaven to our ears!
Maua Methodist Hospital was established in 1928 and has developed into a modern 230-bed referral hospital serving a population of about 600,000 people in Meru North. It is located in Eastern Kenya and offers medical services to the people of this area. The hospital provides psychological care and support to the vulnerable children and people living with HIV/AIDS and offers preventive care by providing immunizations for children under five against diseases, as well as offering postnatal and family planning care. Maua Hospital has a Registered Community Health Nursing school that has proven to be one of the best training institutions in East Africa. For more information or for ways to contribute, go to www.mckmauahospital.org.
Mercy Ships Ministry is an international charity that operates the largest non-governmental hospital ship in the world, providing free health care, community development projects, community health education, mental health programs, agriculture projects, and palliative care for terminally ill patients. Though the ministry has severed in more than 70 developing nations around the world, its current focus is on the countries of West Africa. The floating hospital, Africa Mercy, provides free surgeries and medical care to treat a wide range of problems, including cleft lip and palate, cataracts, crossed eyes, bowed legs, burns, dental problems and obstetric fistula repair. Many of these ailments are extremely severe because patients have had little prior access to medical care. In addition, people with disfiguring medical conditions have often been shunned by their communities, so medical treatment from Mercy Ships can also help relieve the stigma and isolation that they have experienced. To find out more information or to donate, go to www.mercyships.org.