Missions

Appalachia Mission: Henderson Settlement

Henderson Settlement is a part of the United Methodist Church in Kentucky. Continually adapting its mission to meet the changing needs of the community, there are community care and outreach ministries, agricultural, craft and clothing ministries and work camps providing home improvement and building projects. 

View this article on the Appalachia Mission: Henderson Settlement.

Leader: We are seeking a leader for this project. Please email justice@fumc-a2.org.
*Family friendly, youth volunteers welcome

Kenya Mission Project

FUMC partners with a rural Kenyan community to provide education and a sustainable feeding program to the poorest of the poor. The Bishop Lawi Imathiu Secondary School (BLISS) serves over 600 secondary school students and was built primarily with funds donated by FUMC Ann Arbor.

In addition, we are getting to know two other primary schools in the community that serve over 700 children living in acute poverty. Much of our recent focus has been on assisting the educational and feeding efforts at Gichunge Primary School. The mission team usually departs for Kenya in February.

Contact: Kathy Macdonald at kmac@macdgroup.com.

Youth Mission Trips

Youth have the opportunity to go on an annual summer mission trip. Middle schoolers go to the U.P., and senior highs travel to a different location each year, typically including one international trip every four years. Funds are raised for the mission trips through the Youth Christmas Theater which performs in December. During the school year, all youth may serve locally with organizations such as CASS Community Services, St Andrew’s breakfast program, Love Thy Neighbor, Community Action Network and Hope Clinic.
 
Due to COVID 19, youth mission trips are on hold until we know more.  Middle and high school youth are currently able to serve locally in small groups. 
 
Contact: Melanie Snook at melanie@fumc-a2.org.

Costa Rica, Methodist Children’s Home

The Methodist Children’s Home of Costa Rica was initiated and funded by the Methodist Church of CR to provide a home for children who were considered difficult to adopt, primarily focusing on not splitting up sibling groups and taking in older children. The purpose of the Home is to provide a safe, nurturing environment for children who have been declared legally abandoned. The project’s aim is to provide loving homes for children who have moved through the child welfare system in Costa Rica, yet have not been adopted. One of the main ways of getting the Home built is to have teams from the U.S. come and help the local workers with the construction work.

Contact:
Pat Carson at plpmcarson@comcast.net.