The Ends of the Earth. We can be Christ’s Witnesses to those in need beyond our community and throughout the world.
White Mountain, Arizona: June 24 - 28, 2017
Many people imagine Arizona as a desert covered in cacti and barren yet colorful rock formations. What they do not know is that the Mogollon Rim marking the Colorado Plateau runs through the region and rises as the White Mountains. The White Mountain Apache Tribe’s homeland is the source of water for much of populated areas of the SouthWest. The Highland Support Project (501c3) networked the Ndee Bikiyee farm with Tempe, Aldersgate, and New Creation United Methodist Church to install an irrigation system for the organic garden and provided valuable consulting services in the construction of a solar well house and the completion of a passive solar greenhouse. The purpose the project is to assist the farm increase the production of healthy crops to ensure food security, sovereignty and establish water rights into the next century.
- Plans are underway to facilitate behavioral health programs through equine therapy. Teams are needed to work with the community for horse trail restoration and continue working with families to establish organic gardens.
- Fredericksburg UMC will be sending a small leadership team to Arizona in June. We are excited to report back on the fit and service needed for our church family.
Guatemala Dusty Shoes: July 15 -23, 2017
Since 1998, our church family has been sending teams on week long mission trips to Guatemala through a non-profit group called Highland Support Project. Our FUMC teams build cook stoves for Mayan women in rural communities living in the Guatemala mountains. WHY HELP? Our teams bring the good news of love to communities suffering from social injustice. By partnering with Highland Support Project (HSP) we contribute to work to liberate people from cycles of poverty and to develop relationships between people of different worlds to create a better world for all. These Highland indigenous communities register in the lowest quality of life indexes in the hemisphere and are struggling for dignity and to break the vicious cycles of poverty. Point of Contact: Trish Vaughan.
Dinner for Hope: May 20, 2017
The 2017 Dinner for Hope will be hosted by Vale UMC in Oakton, Virginia on Saturday, May 20th at 6:00 p.m. We have several tables reserved to benefit the Guatemala mission teams that we have sent for 18 years. If you are interested in attending, sign up here. We will plan on carpooling to the event - cost is $30 (payable for Fredericksburg UMC). Lend your support and grab some exciting and family friendly get-a ways on auction up until the night of the dinner. http://tinyurl.com/dinnerforhopeAuction
Fredericksburg District Initiatives and District Mission Trips – As part of the Fredericksburg District, we have committed to the new District Mission initiatives to El Salvador and to the Pathways Ministry in the Petersburg, VA area. We also regularly have opportunities to be in mission on different district mission trips throughout the year.