Volunteers in Mission and Disaster Response: June 3, 2016

For information on any Volunteers In Mission (VIM) project, contact the individual listed or Byron Mann, Conference VIM coordinator: vim@arumc.org or 870-826-0268. For Disaster Response (DR) projects, contact Byron or Janice Mann, DR co-coordinators: disaster@arumc.org or 870-703-8359 (Janice). On Facebook, join the group “Volunteers in Mission & Disaster Response – Serving Arkansas & Beyond” for updates.

Flood recovery in SE Arkansas: Help and funds needed

With recent flooding in McGehee, Lake Village, Crossett, Dermott and other locations in the southeast part of the state, Volunteers in Mission teams will soon be needed to repair flood-damaged homes. To sign up your church’s team to help, contact Byron or Janice Mann at the phone numbers or email addresses above.

Funds are also needed to make these repairs possible. Send checks marked “Disaster Response” to Arkansas Conference UMC, 800 Daisy Bates Drive, Little Rock, AR 72202; or give online at www.arumc.org/arkansas-disaster-response using the button on the right-hand sidebar.

Mission Academy at Mount Sequoyah, Sept. 11-14

Mark your calendars for the South Central Jurisdiction’s Mission Academy, set for Sept. 11-14 at Mount Sequoyah Retreat and Conference Center in Fayetteville. It will include instruction from United Methodist Volunteers in Mission, as well as disaster response training from the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR). Course offerings are under development; to give your input on possible topics, complete the poll at https://goo.gl/Fbvclf. To learn more about the event’s location, visit www.mountsequoyah.org.

Cuba mission opportunities through traveling or giving

• The 2017 Arkansas UMVIM construction team will travel to Havana Jan. 19-20 to Jan. 30-31 to build housing for the Methodist Seminary. Only a few openings remain for this team.

• Sponsor a child for an August Bible School in the rapidly growing Methodist Church in Holguin, Cuba. For $5, purchase a Bible School T-shirt for a child to wear over and over. For $10, add a Bible that they will read and cherish. Gifts of $15 would cover snacks for the six-session Bible School, as well. A $20 gift includes a T-shirt, Bible, snacks and crafts for one child. Follow-up photos provided.

• Donate a traditional wedding gown for the Holguin church to rent, providing church income and a valuable service to members. Marriage, family and tradition are very important to the Methodist Church of Cuba, but wedding gowns are in short supply. Imagine your wedding gown coming out of storage to bring income and joy in the church in Cuba. Photos of the weddings provided on request. Communication with the happy couple very likely.

To participate either by traveling with a team or sending gifts listed above, contact Nechi Fullerton, nefullerton@yahoo.com or 501-766-8151. Fullerton has made seven visits to the Methodist Church in Cuba over the past three years, leading three UMVIM teams and staying two months last fall in the Catedral de Holguin.

To keep up with these and future opportunities in Cuba, visit “Arkansas Methodist-Cuba Metodista Connection” and “Catedral Metodista de Holguin” on Facebook.