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Not Your Parents’ Brick & Mortar Church: Welcome to Restoration Worldwide

I’ve identified as a Christian longer than I can remember. I grew up in a Christ-centered family, went to Sunday school and bounced around churches and denominations as I went through college and eventually struck off on my own. Yet, throughout my life as a Christian, I never felt truly at home in my church community. The church I grew up in espoused an elitist, legalistic dogmatic brand of Christianity to which I simply couldn’t relate. The church I attended in college consisted of a small faith community composed mostly ... Read More »

The Body of Christ is Everyone, Including Middle Schoolers!

The first email arrived in my inbox on June 20, 2017, from Floris’ worship leader, Megan Gumabay as a general distribution email and read in part as follows: “We have some exciting opportunities for volunteering with our student ministry.  Ashley is currently seeking adult leaders for upcoming student mission trips, and she felt praise team members would be great in this role…. Please contact Ashley or me if you want to discuss this in further detail with her.” I thought, hey I am pretty busy with my praise team and ... Read More »

Generosity in Cuba

We had just finished a delicious dinner of rice, beans, pork and fruit, when Inervis, the leader of the camp crew, asked us to join her and the fellow staff members in the yard. It was our last night in Camp Canaán, which is where our group spent the majority of our time during this 10-day mission trip to Cuba.   Much of our journey included getting to know the people and culture of the country while sharing resources collected in America with a variety of small village churches. However, this ... Read More »

At the Worksite

Editor’s Note: This week 16 middle school students and five leaders traveled to Romney, West Virginia to participate in the Jeremiah Project. The following are updates from two of the students on the trip. I went to the Jeremiah Project this year. I want to share what it was like on the worksite. You have to wear jeans at the site, and it is very hot. You have to drink lots of water to stay hydrated. On the first day you get put on a work team. Your team creates a ... Read More »

Toronto Student Mission Trip

Editor’s Note: This week 25 high school students and five leaders traveled to Toronto, Canada to do inner-city mission work. The following are updates from two of the students on the trip. We were off to the church. Our luggage was squished into the back of our Toyota Highlander. It would be unloaded and then reloaded into the bus that would take us to Toronto. We checked in, said farewells to parents, completed the usual pre-mission trip duties and then we prayed. While we were standing in a big circle, hands linked ... Read More »

The Power of People

There were six rows of benches on either side of the aisle. Each bench sat four people, which meant our United Methodist Volunteers in Mission team took up 25 percent of the space. It was Wednesday evening, and we were at a United Methodist church in Manajanabo in the center of Cuba. It was their midweek service, and it was packed. There was music, drama, reading from the Bible and songs sung by so many different people. Five small children came up, one playing a ukulele, and sang a song ... Read More »

Creativity Crisis

I’m still relatively new to Northern Virginia, but in my year of living here, one thing stands out far more than the horrific traffic, the well-educated population and even some of the social and political crises we face on a regular basis. Our busyness requires so much attention for the things we have to do that we have squelched our creative capacities for thinking about the people and communities we could become. Of course, bright lights of imagination and innovation pop up around us all the time. But I think ... Read More »

Seeing God in Vizag, India

“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” – Matthew 28: 19-20 I saw God quite unexpectedly during a recent work trip to India. As a South Asia specialist at a Washington D.C.-based think tank, I travel to India fairly frequently—at least once or twice per year. The preparation ... Read More »

What Even is a Fellows Program Anyway?

I don’t like to admit it, but it’s true. I don’t always enjoy explaining what I do. Don’t get me wrong, I love working with Wesley Fellows at Floris United Methodist Church. The main reason I don’t like explaining what I do is the same reason I’m so excited to serve in this capacity: fellows programs fill a major gap in the church-at-large’s ministry. People assume churches don’t have ministries geared toward young women and men soon after they finish college. They assume this not because they’re ignorant, but because it’s ... Read More »

When God Reminds You Why You are Serving on a Mission Trip at a Kitchen Table

Note from the editor: In October 2016, a team of nine people traveled to Tappahannock and Montross, Virginia on a United Methodist Volunteers in Mission (UMVIM) Tornado Recovery Mission Trip. This post comes from one of the volunteers, J. Scott Nicholls. When disaster hits, even though it may take a long time, buildings, homes and businesses that were damaged or destroyed by nature can ultimately be rebuilt. Personal belongings can be replaced, though keepsakes cannot. It is hard to see the devastating impact these events have on the “individuals,” both ... Read More »

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