On the national level, our Mission Committee organizes a week-long Family Mission Trip to areas of need within the United States. Past trips included sending 27 volunteers to Slidell, LA to help with rebuilding after Hurricane Katrina. In 2010, 15 volunteers traveled to Henderson Settlement in Kentucky to serve homeowners in one of the country’s poorest communities. In 2011, 16 volunteers worked at Midwest Missions Distribution Center (MMDC) in Chatham, IL. MMDC is one of six depots in the UMCOR Relief Supply Network. Some of the projects include assembling kits (health kits, sewing kits, school kits, teacher bags, flood buckets, medicine cabinet, and healthy birth kit). Other jobs are to build school desks, repair bicycles, sew Children’s hospital outfits, sorting, packing, paperwork, mailing, woodworking, loading and unloading, yard work, maintenance, construction, and much more.
Our sewing crew at MMDC returned from the trip with many bolts of material and they continue to support MMDC by making school bags for the school kits. They have made over 600 bags and they are still going!
In addition to the Family Mission Trip, the Mission Committee also financially supports missionaries with CRU (Campus Crusade for Christ), UMCOR, and United Methodist One Great Hour of Sharing.