Wilson UMC would like to encourage everyone to participate in at least one mission opportunity every year. In addition to the international mission trips, there are a number of local opportunities.
Four people participated on the 2017 Costa Rica Mission Team. They visited the Faro del Este Methodist church (where previous teams have worked on the parsonage / Sunday School building), but spent most of their time working at the Methodist Children's Home, helping to build a gymnasium / multi-purpose building. A lot of concrete was poured!
This year the youth traveled to Phoenix, Arizona, to work with an awesome organization called Neighborhood Ministries. Neighborhood Ministries' mission is to break the cycle of poverty in impoverished, inner-city Phoenix by holistically loving, serving, and bringing life-transforming hope and power to families in the community. Youth helped with their Kids' Club which attracts more than 500 kids each year!
Twelve people participated on the 2016 Haiti Mission Team. They traveled to Gressier, Haiti to work with Respire Haiti. The work involved painting the inside of the medical clinic's recovery house, re-building a ramp into the medical clinic, fence painting, putting a roof on a community member's outhouse, and several smaller repair projects. But the work that had the most impact was in developing relationships with the local people there. This was done through participation in community English classes, helping with Tennis lessons, neighborhood play parties, games at the house with some of the kids, and Worshiping with the local Youth on Wednesday night. One of our team members even got in a real workout at an outdoor Haitian Gym with a few local guys from the English class.
Nine people joined the 2016 mission team to Costa Rica. They worked on the Sunday school / parsonage building at Faro del Este Methodist church for the first three days - pouring concrete for the floor, painting, and building a wall for a new kindercare room. Then, for the last two days they worked on painting and concrete block wall construction at the Chidrens Home, Hogar Methodist. They also played soccer and frisbee with the children during 2 afternoons.
The soccer goals from Wilson were a HUGE hit.
Wilson sent a team of 14 missionaries to Gressier, Haiti for nine days, April 25 - May 3. The team travelled in support of Respire Haiti, a faith-based organization dedicated to working with vulnerable children. Despite some travel delays, the experience proved inspiring for everyone. The work consisted of constructing wooden benches and tables, setting up tandem shade structures for the school's dining area, painting rooms and signs in the medical clinic, hanging ceiling fans, unloading food donations, and giving a local resident a new roof. The team also enjoyed playing with the children during recess and community gatherings, reading to the kids in French, helping out with the special needs class, participating in adult English classes, aiding the community feeding program and taking a break at a local beach. This marks Wilson's fifth mission trip to Haiti and fourth in support of Respire Haiti. Our partnership continues to reap rewards of the spirit as our teams see the students and staff in Gressier continue to grow in Christ and improve their opportunities for a brighter future. If you are interested in participating in a Haiti mission team, please contact Chris Hagan or any of the church staff.
The 2015 Mission team to Costa Rica did lots of concrete work and wall construction on the new building for Iglesia Metodista Faro del Este.
From June 29-July 6, 2014, eight of our youth with two adult leaders traveled to downtown Los Angelos to work with "Center for Student Missions". CSM is an organization that takes youth from around the nation and partners them with local L.A. mission opportunities. L.A. has the largest homeless population in the United States, and our youth were able to serve meals to them, pray with them, enter into conversation with them, do work projects and be in direct hands-on ministry with them. Every afternoon our youth also served at a transitional home for women and their children who have come out of abusive situations.
Mission is a funny thing - You go to bless others and somehow you walk away being blessed, and this trip was no different. May God continue to bless the wonderful youth of our church and all those they impacted.
The 2014 Mission team to Costa Rica mostly finished a new drop ceiling, painted a gate and lots more and developed new relationships with our brothers and sisters at Iglesia Metodista Faro del Este.
The 2014 mission team to Haiti built and painted 9 picnic tables and bench sets, organized the school's teacher supply closet, helped with a medical emergency, and played with the children, Shannon Hagan showed them her french horn and the team did balloon animals after the Haitian reading class. The team also helped in the community English class,
For more information on Respire Haiti and their mission in Haiti go to www.respirehaiti.org.
Sponser a Child - Respire Haiti Christian School has a child sponsorship program we wanted to let you know about. For $250 you can sponsor one child to go to school for an entire year. With this $250, they will receive breakfast and lunch, uniforms, books, supplies and basic medical care. You will receive an email with a picture and information about your child. You will also be able to correspond with your child bi-annually! If you would like to participate in this program go to Respire Haiti Donate. click on "Donate Today" and the various ways you can participate are listed there.
A team from Wilson visited Respire Haiti March 19 - 27, 2013. The team helped the school by cleaning and painting two exterior school walls. The team also helped in the English classes that met three times during the week that they were there. Painting was also done in the Respire Haiti Cafe that opened shortly after the team was there. Much fun was had playing with the children of Respire Haiti Christian School, building kites and playing music with the children.
A team from Wilson UMC traveled to Costa Rica beginning Feb 2, 2013 to continue construction of the parsonage for the Faro del Este Methodist Church located in the town of San Ramon.
When Chris Hagan went to Haiti in November of 2011 he was compelled by the great need of the country and knew he would be back.
On March 21-29, 2012, Chris and his wife Mara led a team of 14 back to Haiti to work with Respire Haiti for a week. Respire Haiti was founded by Megan Boudreaux to address the educational needs of the country and to stop child slavery (known as restaveks). After one trip to Gressier, Haiti, she was inspired by God to create a school and give the children of the community a place to learn and thrive.
Chris said it was amazing to work with Respire Haiti and really see God at work. He said God really determined the schedule and each day brought a new need or task to fulfill. One day brought fixing school uniforms, another English classes. And yet another day provided the opportunity to run a sports camp and share God's love and word.
All team members were amazed and described the experience as life changing. Team member Corey Farkas said, "I can't thank the Hagans, Respire Haiti, the team, the sponsors, and the Wilson UMC family enough for a life changing experience. My entire family and I feel so blessed being given the opportunity to help out and deliver God's message."
Eight members of Wilson UMC traveled to Costa Rica to continue construction of the parsonage for the Faro del Este Methodist Church located in the town of San Ramon.
One half of the team split up in the afternoon and ran a Vacation Bible School from 1-4 every afternoon. By the end of the week, 28 children were involved in crafts, singing, dancing and playing games.
The team completed laying the cinder blocks for the basement floor, and constructed over 20 steel rebar "towers" that are used in the structure for earthquake protection of the walls and floor.
If you have any questions about the project, feel free to contact John Sobecki.
Mission Team Member Report
I was privileged to join 11 others on the mission trip to Costa Rica this May. Our team became one in purpose. We worked hard on the foundation of the parsonage, led a Vacation Bible School (VBS) in Spanish, worshipped in a new culture and language, and studied the book of Ephesians. We were blessed far more than what we had to offer our beautiful new friends from la Iglesia Metodista Faro de Este (The Methodist Church of the East).
God showed up in wonderful and unexpected ways. There are many stories to share, but I will just choose one. We had not thought of a creative way to greet the kids and moms, but God provided that for us. We had decorated the room with balloons and streamers. Day one a boy named Gabriel and his mom Yali came 30 minutes early. Gabriel took a balloon off of a chair and began playing 'keep it up.' He and I then transitioned into a game of soccer with this balloon, using chairs as goals. (So fun!!) Balloons became a wonderful daily icebreaker, and got us past the language barrier to simply play and laugh! God was present throughout the entire trip, and he provided in this specific way through the creativity of a child.
If you feel the Spirit nudging you to sign up for the next trip, or to help provide resources for this project, please do! There is a lot more work to be done, and wonderful people to meet. The details and projects of the trip are still being worked out, but I can guarantee there will be work to be done on the parsonage, as that is the main project. There may be barriers that could keep you from going - in fact there probably will be. However, if God is calling you, then please listen! He will help you over, around, or through whatever barrier could get in the way. He did for me.
"I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father,
may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better."
- Ephesians 1:17
May you be blessed today,