We have two Mission trip opportunities this Spring. Wesley is doing a Spring Break trip this year (March 1-8), and Wesley students have been invited to join Wellspring UMC for their weekend Family Mission Trip (February 21-22).
Both trips primarily construction based, but don't worry! If you have never been on a mission trip or built anything so much as a bird house, that's okay! We are all volunteers and no one expects any of us to be professionals. Both trips will have professionals on site. These trips are more than labor- they are relational, fun, and a learning experience for all. It is amazing what can happen when people come together in God's love.
*If you are unsure if you can come on any of these trips because of cost, let us know, we work something out. Anyone who wants to go can go!
Spring Break Trip: Swan Quarter, North Carolina
Disaster Response: Hurricane Relief!
We are planning to drive to Swan Quarter, NC, to help out with Hurricane Relief from several hurricanes that have afflicted the area (Isaac and Irene) by helping with home repairs and construction of new homes for those who lost their homes entirely. We will be staying in a school in the area.
Cost: $150 + cost of food
Deadline to sign up: Feb 9, midnight
If you are not sure, but you are interested, go ahead and put your name on the list so we have an idea of possible group size.
Here I have copy and pasted the information Pastor Edward sent me about the Wellspring trip:
(Pastor Edward told me he is still unsure about the cost of this trip)
"A Family Mission Experience
A Wellspring UMC Family Mission trip is set for February 21-22, 2014. Wellspring will
team with participants from the Wesley Foundation.
We will leave on Friday evening from Wellspring giving folks time to get home from
work drive an hour to the Pathways Ministries site in Petersburg, Virginia. On Friday
evening, we will get settled in, learn about Petersburg and Pathways, meet some
participants in the Pathways program, eat dinner, and worship.
We will spend the night in the Pathways dormitories.
On Saturday morning, we will be joined by a group of volunteers from Duncan Memorial
(led by Pastor David Hindman), and we be divided for our work assignments.
One work option will be a house demolition project in progress. Pathways plans to gut
the house and then rehab it as a residence for a disabled veteran. The work will require
many laborers (skilled and unskilled) doing debris removal and everyone will get dirty.
A second work option will require more skilled folks who will remain at the Pathways
facility. These folks will make repairs to the dormitory showers, drop a ceiling in the
kitchen, install projectors in the classrooms, and put in ceiling fans.
A third lunch option will be support for the volunteers (serving refreshments, making
We will return to Williamsburg in the late afternoon on Saturday.
Pathways Ministries is an incorporated, 501(c)3 institution serving human needs in
Petersburg. It is directed by two United Methodist Pastors, Dwala Ferrell and Mike
Watts. I met Mike and Dwala through the work of Holy Rollers, a group of bicycle
enthusiasts to ride to Annual Conference every year raising money for, and awareness
of, the Bishop’s Conference Offering. Mike and Dwala ride have pedaled their awesome
tandem bicycle to the 220 miles to Conference every year for the past five years.
Pathways began in 1995 as Petersburg Urban Ministries, an inter-faith community
development corporation, hoping to address three broad areas of concern in Petersburg:
housing, education, and health.
Reality in Petersburg
• has the highest child poverty rate of any city in Virginia with 41.4% of its
children living below the poverty level
• 25.2% of all residents in Petersburg, or 8,015 people live in poverty, which is up a
startling 37.6% from 2000
• The median household income is $32,435, only 54% of the state median, and
down 9% from the 2000 census
• 31% of households in Petersburg are single-parent families [children in married-
couple households are far less likely to experience poverty (5%) than children in single-
parent households (25%)]
• 79% of the residents of Petersburg are African American (33% of black children
in America live in poverty, as compared to 10% for white children)
• Poverty impacts crime: In 2008, the crime rate in Petersburg was three times that
of the national average
• Poverty impacts nutrition: 34% of adults and 17% of preschool aged children in
Petersburg are obese
Please sign up for the events on the clip boards in worship at Wellspring, or call Pastor
Edward at 757 817-2897 on his cell phone."
If you are interested in either trip, sign your name in the appropriate spread sheet so we can begin to gage interest!
This link has two spreadsheets, the titles are shown on the bottom tabs.
You can also sign up on the sheets on the bulletin board in the fellowship hall!
That is all!