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Our congregation is gathering UMCOR Kits to serve those community devastated by the recent hurricanes in Virginia, North and South Carolina and Florida. These recent disasters have shown us how important these kits are in times of crisis. These Cleaning Kits can help save someone's home. Fund one yourself, with your family, neighbors, club or small group for $50. Contact Sandy Wiseman for information.
Guatemala Dusty Shoes Mission - July 17 - 25, 2021
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 in Richmond. Our FUMC teams build cook stoves for Mayan women in rural communities living in the Guatemala mountains. We call ourselves the Dusty Shoes team, as we leave our comforts of home and trek off to the mountains of Guatemala. Each stove can make a lifetime of difference in respiratory health for a multi-generational family. It takes about 5 hours for our team to build a stove – it lasts 8+ years and saves women 5 hours a day tending to an open fire. You do the math 4 hours x 365days x 8yrs = 11,680 hours saved PLUS the smoke is no longer inside their kitchen! Thinking about coming? Got Questions? Stay tuned for an informational meeting in early 2021!
God is great and keep us in your prayers as we travel. He has led us.... here we are Lord. Here's a link to the story about the impact we had in 2018.
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. Click here for Summer Trip 2021 - Flier, Itinerary Sample and approximate costs.
Other Mission Opportunities in Guatemala
For over 24 years, the Highland Support Project has worked with indigenous Maya women to build resilience and create opportunities. Our group typically builds stoves during the summer, however if you have an interest in health, midwifery, childhood education or art there are other opportunities as well.