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How are You Called to Serve?

When I was growing up, the calendar in our kitchen was always full of Mom’s notes about her volunteer activities. She was active in the PTA for a while as well as multiple nonprofits and regional committees related to causes she was passionate about. My dad’s way of supporting her passion usually involved helping to set up or put away chairs at an event or making endless pots of his signature chili beans and cornbread for potlucks and fundraising events. Given their examples of service, it’s no surprise that I ... Read More »

I Wonder as I Wander

Christmas is a season of giving as Christians celebrate God’s most wondrous gift, Jesus Christ—God with us, born in a manger, a Savior for all the world. In response to what God has given, Floris United Methodist Church (Floris UMC) has a tradition that celebrates Christmas through giving. Using themes such as “Blessed to be a Blessing,” or “It’s Not Your Birthday,” those attending Christmas Eve services at Floris UMC are invited to give generously to an offering that is dispersed locally, domestically and abroad to both do good and ... 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 »

Good Work at Jeremiah Project

Editor’s Note: Last week seven middle school students and two leaders traveled to Winchester, Virginia to participate in a Jeremiah Project (JP) mission camp. Students help with a wide range of home repair opportunities, from painting to building wheelchair ramps. The following is a blog post from two of the students, Audrey Kim (A) and Grace Horner (G). Where did you do good work on this trip? A: On Thursday, we cleaned some stairs at our homeowner’s house with bleach. It was kind of nasty since all the moss that was ... Read More »

Ms. Brown and Selfies

Editor’s Note: This week seven middle school students and two leaders traveled to Winchester, Virginia to participate in a Jeremiah Project (JP) mission camp. Students help with a wide range of home repair opportunities, from painting to building wheelchair ramps. The following is a blog post from one of the students, Sean Egan. In Winchester, we worked with our homeowner, Ms. Brown. Her home was in a beautiful place and a quiet neighborhood. It was decorated with many crosses, and she had a lot of pictures of her children, grandchildren and ... Read More »

All the Help We Needed

Editor’s Note: This week 15 middle school students and four leaders traveled to Romney, West Virginia to participate in a Jeremiah Project mission camp. Students help with a wide range of home repair opportunities, from painting to building wheelchair ramps. The following is a blog post from one of the students, Virginia Horvath. This is my second time serving on the Jeremiah Project and my second time at this location: Romney, West Virginia. Something I noticed pretty quickly about Romney was the scenery. The first time I was here I didn’t ... Read More »

How Blessed

Editor’s Note: Last week 30 high school students and six leaders traveled to Alajuela, Costa Rica to help with construction projects, work with children at a Vacation Bible School program and help meet the needs of the local, under-resourced community. The following is a blog post from one of the students, Laney Hartin. My week in Costa Rica has been an incredible experience of learning and connecting with new people. I came into this mission trip not expecting much; however, I have bonded with not only other teens from the church but also with ... Read More »

Surprised by Community

Editor’s Note: This week 30 high school students and six leaders traveled to Alajuela, Costa Rica to help with construction projects, work with children at a Vacation Bible School program and help meet the needs of the local, under-resourced community. The following is a blog post from one of the students, Erin Dare. Going into this mission trip, my anxiety was through the roof. Not only was this my first mission trip, but also my first mission trip would be in another country. I kept putting off the fact that the trip was ... Read More »

Our Hard Work

Editor’s Note: This week 30 high school students and six leaders traveled to Alajuela, Costa Rica to help with construction projects, work with children at a Vacation Bible School program and help meet the needs of the local, under-resourced community. The following is a blog post from one of the students, Justin Smith. This is my first time in Costa Rica. My brother went on a previous trip so I thought I knew what to expect. I entered into this week expecting the work we do to be something to get through before ... Read More »

Already Feels Like Home

Editor’s Note: This week 30 high school students and six leaders traveled to Alajuela, Costa Rica to help with construction projects, work with children at a Vacation Bible School program and help meet the needs of the local, under-resourced community. The following is a blog post from one of the students, Kyle Kanode. This is my first time visiting Costa Rica (and also my first time traveling out of the country), but it is certainly not my first mission trip. Today is day two, and everybody is beginning to get settled. Today began ... Read More »

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