VIM and Disaster Response updates: Jan. 2017

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.

In-state mission journeys available in early 2017

Making plans for mission and outreach in the New Year? Please consider the needs of our neighbors in southeast Arkansas. They are ready to receive mission teams that can help repair homes damaged in the floods last spring. To schedule a team, contact Janice Mann at disaster@arumc.org.

Southeastern U.S. wildfires

The recovery period from wildfires in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, and surrounding areas will be long for many of the affected households. You can help by giving to Disaster Response, United States (Advance #901670) through the Arkansas Conference office or at www.umcor.org. Contact Janice Mann to receive information about any future call for mission teams in that area.

Help alleviate the humanitarian crisis in Syria

From the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR):

UMCOR is working hard with on-the-ground partners to develop projects and provide humanitarian assistance, mostly food, supplies and other non-food items to the survivors of Aleppo. Since 2010, UMCOR has been responding to the Syrian crisis by working with partners to provide for the basic human needs of refugees and internally displaced persons. To date, UMCOR has spent approximately $4 million on this disaster. UMCOR is currently finalizing a grant to assist in Lebanon as that country supports the nearly one-third of its population who are refugees. To give to support this work, designate your gift with Advance #982450, International Disaster Response, at www.umcor.org. Most of all, though, please pray for the people who have been trapped in Aleppo.

Travel to Cuba in July or November

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

  • July mission: A Volunteers in Mission team is forming for a one-week journey to Holguin, Cuba, to lead Bible school. Now is the time to consider joining the team, tentatively scheduled for July departure. In addition to morning Bible School, the team will worship with the 2,000-member Catedral de Holguin, visit missions, house churches, small groups and see the sights. Those not interested in volunteering at Bible school can be valuable team members, as well.
  • If you cannot travel but would like to sponsor a child’s Bible school experience in Holguin, Cuba, craft projects and snacks are needed. Even a few dollars make a real difference in enriching the mission team’s abilities to connect with and teach the students. Follow-up photos provided.
  • November mission: Be a part of a one-week November 2017 Mission Team to experience the Cuban Methodist revival while supporting and worshipping with Catedral de Holguin, the second largest Methodist Church in Cuba. This immersion experience includes large church services, missions, house churches, small groups and the sights of Holguin.

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

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. To arrange a time to donate your skills, contact Sarge Leonard, sarge.leonard@arumc.org, director@mounteagle.org or 501-723-4580.