VIM and Disaster Response updates: Oct. 7, 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.

Southeast Arkansas is ready to welcome your VIM team

Before flooding in the Baton Rouge area made national news, the southeast Arkansas communities of McGehee, Lake Village, Crossett, Dermott and others experienced significant flooding. Volunteers in Mission teams are needed now to repair these flood-damaged homes. To schedule a team, contact Janice Mann at disaster@arumc.org.

The climate-controlled host facility in McGehee has real beds (not cots), a kitchen and large common room. Several churches in town take turns feeding teams each evening.

Donations are still needed for continuing recovery efforts. Give to flood relief by sending checks to Arkansas Conference Disaster Response, 800 Daisy Bates Drive, Little Rock, AR 72202.

Help Mount Eagle complete the new Hermitage Cabin

Work teams have made great progress on the new Hermitage Cabin at Mount Eagle Retreat Center, owned by the United Methodists of Arkansas and located near Clinton. More tasks remain, though, to make it ready to accept reservations for one- or two-person retreats.

The two remaining jobs are the construction of a wheelchair ramp to make the cabin accessible to all, and interior finishing work. To arrange a time to donate your skills, contact Sarge Leonard, sarge.leonard@arumc.org, director@mounteagle.org or 501-723-4580.

Cuba mission opportunities and updates

Contact Nechi Fullerton at 501-766-8151 or nefullerton@yahoo.com to learn more about any of these opportunities with the Methodist Church in Cuba:

  • Another VIM team is forming to travel to Holguin, Cuba, to lead Bible school, with the journey tentatively scheduled for July 2017. Now is the time to consider joining the team.
  • Sponsor a child for a Bible school 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. 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 income for the church and a valuable service for members. Marriage, family and tradition are very important in Cuba, but wedding gowns are in short supply. Imagine your wedding gown coming out of storage to bring income and joy in the Methodist Church in Cuba. Photos of the weddings provided on request. Communication with the happy couple very likely.
  • Your church or group can plan a customized mission to Cuba. Fullerton has made multiple visits to the Methodist Church in Cuba over the past three years and can assist with planning.

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