Appalachia Mission: Henderson Settlement

Henderson Settlement is a part of the Red Bird Mission Conference of the United Methodist Church of 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.
Many families simply do not have the financial resources to purchase the materials needed for even simple home improvements, and other families may be physically unable to do the labor. The work crews purchase the materials needed for the specific job and provide the labor needed to complete the project. While working on someone’s home work crews may have the opportunity to work side by side with families or they may only be able to meet the family as they head off to work. Occasionally families are reluctant to meet the work crews because they are embarrassed by their need of assistance or are physically or mentally challenged.


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, kmac@macdgroup.com and Greg Hulbert, hulbert@umich.edu

Youth Mission Trips

Youth typically go on two annual mission trips and visit the Cass Community,usually on election day in November. Multiple small teams serve Love Thy Neighbor and at St Andrews breakfast. Funds are raised for the mission trips through the Youth Christmas Theater (rehearse Oct-Dec, play in December).

Contact: Melanie Snook, youth director; Wendy Everett, associate youth director

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. There is an emphasis on receiving sibling groups. One of the main ways of getting the Home built is to have teams from the United States come and help the local workers with the construction work. The homes are made of cement and everything we do is related to cement, from shoveling gravel and sand into buckets to go into the cement mixer, to wheelbarrowing cement from the mixer to the site, to stuccoing, sanding, and painting cement. There are additional opportunities to lead mini-VBS’s in the afternoons for children at local Methodist churches in the area.


Pat Carson, plpmcarson@comast.net
Mary Danforth, m19danforth44@gmail.com, or
Tom Jeppson, tomjeppson@comcast.net