The Ends of the Earth. We can be Christ’s Witnesses to those in need beyond our community and throughout the world.
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.
- Information and hands-on training so you can assist survivors of natural disaster in their recovery.
- Upon successful completion of the course and a favorable background check, each participant will receive an UMCOR badge.
- UMCOR badge allows United Methodist Early Response Teams access to FEMA declared emergency zones.
Volunteers who work with Early Response Teams (ERTs) are often the first people on the ground providing aid after a disaster strikes. Their mission is to create a caring Christian presence and prevent further harm. They immediately help to clean things up and make homes safe, sanitary and secure. Teams work for 3 days. Fill out the online form for more information.
Some trips require all volunteers to be ERT trained with UMCOR, some do not. This ensures that they will operate under specific guidelines that allow them to be productive and caring while causing no further harm or being a burden to the affected community. Instituted May 1, 2009, this ERT badge is part of a national effort to certify early response volunteers across multiple agencies. This was born out of “lessons learned” from 9/11 and the need for volunteers to hold specific credentials to enter the disaster site. UMCOR ERT badge holders will be eligible to receive national certification to assist following a US disaster. If you became an ERT before 2009, you can earn a badge by taking a re-certification class. If you have a current badge about to expire or has just expired in the last few months you can attend part of this class to re-certify as an ERT.
Guatemala Dusty Shoes Mission - summer 2020
Reflections of our 2018 trip: 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. We traveled in mission to Guatemala on July 7 through July 16, with a team of 26 people from mainly Fredericksburg UMC and Shady Grove UMC in Mechanicsville. This year we raised money to build a school kitchen in the village of Chiquix that will serve 300 children a hot meal. In addition we ill build stoves for up to 24 women in the community. 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.
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.
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.