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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 »

Why Do We Go on Mission Trips?

Editor’s Note: In May 2016, a group of Floris UMC adults traveled to South Carolina to assist in rebuilding houses affected by recent floods. The following is a blog submitted by those group members. When we pulled up to our worksite, it was about 100 degrees outside. We arrived at a small, one-story house that had been victim to a flood that damaged the walls and floors and left the roof barely functional. After looking around a bit, the veteran mission trip members in our group hit the ground running. ... Read More »

Surrounded by Other Believers

Editor’s Note: This week 24 high school students and five leaders traveled to Reading, Pennsylvania to repair and transform homes and to strengthen and transform their own faith. The following is a blog post from one of the students, Nick Carper. This whole week has opened my eyes to some new things. The first thing that surprised me was our resident, Helga. We are serving veterans this week, and Helga’s husband served in our military. My crew is working on Helga’s house, painting her living room, kitchen, staircase and mudroom. Before ... Read More »

Student Mission Trip Q&A

Editor’s Note: This week 24 high school students and five leaders traveled to Reading, Pennsylvania to repair and transform homes and to strengthen and transform their own faith. The following is a blog post from one of the students, Grace Brady. Who are we serving this week? We are serving veterans who live in Reading, Pennsylvania. These people helped us by serving in the military, and now we get to help them. Can you describe your resident? My resident is a veteran who volunteered for the military at only 18 ... Read More »

Haiti Mission Trip 2016

The Floris UMC Haiti Mission Team Seven (consisting of co-leaders Karen Berlin and Dave Redding, along with Tracy Saunders, Mary Chamberlain, Jen Williams, Jon and Karen Connell, Patti Schule, Bill Meade, Maddie Sobol and Kate Hoing) returned in March of 2016 from an amazing trip abroad. This group consisted of seven members who have been to Haiti before and four new adventurers. Traveling early on March 11, they spent a week in Hermitage, a tiny village in southwestern Haiti. The Hermitage Project commenced over 10 years ago on land purchased ... Read More »

Layer by Layer–Sandy Relief Mission Team Update

It is a diverse yet spectacular view sitting rooftop on the Hall’s home nestled on this quiet Atlantic City street. In the near distance, one can see the extravagant strip of large and flashy casinos, with names like the Taj Mahal, Borgata and Revel. These dazzling buildings tower over layers of residential high rises and shops. The streets gently give way to neighborhoods filled with row houses, duplexes and single-family homes. Throughout it all, there are layers of life just like the strata of the earth—lives that are integrated on ... Read More »

Teamwork and Roof Removal: Sandy Relief Mission Team Update

Our New Jersey trip started off on Sunday evening as we all arrived at Lacey UMC in Forked River, New Jersey. Many arrived early (or at least on time) and had a chance to enjoy their first meal together as a team, followed by the first team meeting led by our fearless leader Tim Wells. After some administrative items and a briefing by our construction team, Tim led us in an inspirational devotion about being a good neighbor and the story of the Good Samaritan. It helped set the perfect ... Read More »

Week Two of Jeremiah Project Has Begun

Students and leaders from Floris arrived at Jeremiah Project mid-afternoon on Sunday and enjoyed time to get to know one another and participants from other churches. In the evening, through games and fun activities, students received their work group assignments, came up with team names, and shared in worship together. All are looking forward to being part of hard-working teams that will complete various projects begun by other teams this summer. Thank you for your prayers for students to encounter God in new ways through their worship, service and living ... Read More »

Jeremiah Project Updates

These past three days have been a blast! I think everyone can agree that the work we’ve done for other people has been life changing. Even though the mornings are cold, the working hours warm our hearts knowing that our hard work and perseverance gets the job done. Meeting new people from other churches allows us to create new friendships while growing in our faith. Every night the director leads us in songs, a program and prayer. It’s a perfect way to end a busy day. -Megan Connell  Today at our ... Read More »

First Day at Jeremiah Project

Today was Monday and the first day of work at Jeremiah Project.  At first, I was really nervous about my work group. Though in the past I have had grand experiences with my group, I tend to be nervous when meeting new people. There was only one person in my group that was from my church, and I didn’t even remember the names of the others. However, as soon as we got into our van, I could tell we all had chemistry. Our work assignment today involved washing the outside ... Read More »

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