FUMC Wichita Missions

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Hello! Welcome to FUMC Wichita Missions’ blog.  This is what we are doing, sharing and thinking about in missions here at home and around the world!

Stove Builders of Guatemala (SBG)

Guatemala is a country in Central America bordered by Mexico to the north and west. It is the most populous country in Central America with around 15.8 million people residing there. More than 75% of the population lives below the poverty line. Most of these families cook their meals over a wood fire on the ground of their home.  As a result, one of the leading causes of death and other diseases for the Mayan families is the smoke from unvented cooking fires.

Would you like to help build stoves for the Guatemalan families?  We have 2 work teams going to Guatemala in the first quarter of 2019.  January 5-13, 2019 and March 9-17, 2019.  For more information, contact Bonnie Laycock at sblaycock18@gmail.com or call 316-207-0883.

For additional information about Stove Builders of Guatemala, go to http://www.stovebuildersofguatemala.com/.

Wood fire for cooking (on the floor)           New stove from SBG

Mission Lunch

We had a wonderful Mission Lunch yesterday serving Chicken Cordon Bleu, Cheesy Rice and Broccoli, Sunshine Salad, Peach Cobbler and rolls.  Proceeds from this lunch will help with our start-up of Family Promise!  Thank you all who helped or came and ate!

Our November Mission Lunch is our 2nd Annual Thanksgiving Lunch to benefit School Partnerships.  We work with both Park Elementary and Washington Elementary Schools.  This luncheon will occur on Sunday, November 18th from 11 – 1.  The menu is: Turkey, Mashed Potatoes, Stuffing, Gravy, Green Beans, Homemade Rolls, Cranberry Salad, Pumpkin Pie Crunch, Apple Crisp and Pecan Pie Bars.  We will also have sugar-free and gluten-free desserts.  Reservations are requested.  You may make reservations by emailing me at annettes@firstwichita.org or calling 267-6244 Ext. 320 (if I don’t answer, please leave a message).

2019 Work Teams

Would you like to go on a Work Team and help your fellow man? We offer Local and Global Mission Work Teams.  Interested?  Contact me at annettes@firstwichita.org or 267-6244 Ext. 320.

Following are the 2019 Work Teams currently planned within the United States:

  • Mountain T.O.P., TN (Tennessee Outreach Project)
    • Youth & Adult Work Team
    • Grundy County, TN – Poorest county in TN – near the TN/GA border
    • 2 days working in the community and 2 days working at the camp
    • March 8 – 17 (Spring Break)
  • Camp Horizon, Arkansas City, KS
    • UMC Camp
    • May 18-19 (weekend work team)
  • Repair Our World, Wolf Point, Montana
    • Adult team
    • Fort Peck Reservation
    • We will be staying in 2 houses that are used during the school year to house teachers
    • Work in the community
    • Probably June 2019
  • Cherokee, North Carolina
    • Family Work Team
    • July 19 – 28
    • You don’t have to bring your family; you can come individually or bring a friend or neighbor
  • Bailey, Colorado
    • September 2019
    • Work at Deer Park UMC
    • 4-day work team (Thursday – Sunday)

How can you be a part of these teams?  A $25.00 deposit is required to be on the team.  You will help with a Mission Lunch to raise funds for the teams, supplies, and travel expenses.  There will be additional fees that you pay.  Cost depends on the team’s project and cost to travel, along with food while at the project.  I will be scheduling Information Meetings in the near future for you to get more information and get your questions answered.  I will be posting the Information Meetings’ dates and times, so check back or call me.

In addition, we have some teams being planned to go to The Carolinas for Hurricane Florence Disaster Recovery, Hurricane Maria Disaster Recovery in Puerto Rico, Oklahoma Disaster Recovery, and Africa University in Zimbabwe in June 2019.  Please let me know if you are interested.

We will be announcing Local Missions Work Teams as they are scheduled.

Questions?  Contact Annette at annettes@firstwichita.org or 267-6244 Ext. 320.