Volunteer in Mission Trips
Conway FUMC has supported numerous trips to UMCOR Depot at the Sager Brown Center in Baldwin, Louisiana. UMCOR, United Methodist Committee On Relief, has a huge warehouse there where items are gathered to be sent all over the world for disaster relief. Workers who travel there assist in checking and boxing kits and see firsthand the operations of UMCOR.
Volunteers In Mission groups have gone to Santiago, Chile, to work in 2001, 2003, and July of 2005. Construction, repair, painting, and cleaning on both the workshop facility and the group home were accomplished by the groups. Work at the local ecumenical seminary was also done in 2003. We got acquainted with the participants in the workshop program and interacted with them. Each Chile VIM team has included a dozen person who will never forget this mission experience.
In April 2003 a group from FUMC traveled to Red Bird Mission in Beverly, Kentucky, to work. Some of the team worked on house repair in the valley; some worked in the local community store; some worked with our missionary at the time, Shirley Crouse, at the pre-school class of the Red Bird Mission School. The Red Bird Mission supports their community well. This is a very poor area in the Appalachian Mountains.
More VIM trips to new areas will be planned in the future. Our youth have traveled to San Antonio, Texas; Chicago, Ill.; and New Orleans, La., to work with inner-city programs, and several members of our congregation helped in the cleanup after Hurricane Katrina on the Gulf Coast. This type of hands-on mission experience has been very popular with our congregation.
For more information about Volunteers in Mission, contact Kisha Bumpers via email at email@example.com or phone at 501.329.3801.