As we are regularly reminded, there are many in need around the world, especially in the event of natural disasters, but often we are not as informed as to needs closer to home. Red Bird Mission and Clinic, founded in 1921 and headquartered in Beverly, KY provides ministries in the Appalachian Mountains. Chronic poverty, lack of jobs, poor housing, and rugged mountainous terrain provide daily obstacles to residents in this isolated, rural, distressed area. Red Bird Mission strives to help through ministry in five areas: Education, Health and Wellness, Community Outreach, Economic Opportunity, and Community Housing Improvement.
Nicaragua Mission Trip
This summer RHUMC will be sending a team of 10 youth and adults to Nicaragua for a study and serve mission trip with Seeds of Learning (SOL). The program is specifically designed to promote solidarity and cross-cultural understanding between people in Northern and Central America. The group will be building classroom facilities for local children in the morning and then participating in educational and cultural exchanges in the afternoons. Many people in Nicaragua live in extreme poverty. It has a Human Development Index (which measures education, health and standard of living) of 124 as compared to the US HDI of 6. By comparison, Mexico’s HDI is 77. SOL has asked that we bring educational resources to contribute to the local community we will be serving.
During June we will be seeking donations of computers, cell phone/smartphones and tablets, as well as cash that we can use to purchase these items. In Nicaragua, consumer electronics are very expensive and SOL has a very limited budget for acquiring these items. Many brands of smartphones (Samsung, Apple, HTC, LG, Motorola) purchased within the last 4-5 years through T-Mobile, AT&T, Verizon and Sprint will work with the local phone network in Nicaragua. So, if you were wondering what to do with your old phone, we will take it.
Please look for our teams on the church patio for more information about how you can help or contact Kathy Platnick at email@example.com or at 213-479-6950.
Mission Committee Welcomes Volunteers
The Missions Committee is looking for smiling faces as we head into the new year. This is an opportunity to be involved with the planning of events which raise money and RHUMC involvement with both local and international Mission projects. It’s a friendly, low-key group whose aim is to be helpful where we are able. We meet monthly – usually for an hour on the second Tuesday of each month. Come be part of a fun group. Everyone is welcome! Interested? Please contact Bill or Barbara Leone at 310-377-2628 or by email.
The first Tuesday of every month, RHUMC volunteers provide cooked hot meals prepared in RHUMC’s kitchen for Project: NEEDS, a mission and outreach ministry at St. Paul’s UMC in Redondo Beach. The need is especially great during the holiday season. If you would like to volunteer or help with the meal preparation on December 6, Mary Jane Schwebel would love to hear from you! She can be reached at 310-377-8780.
Sierra Service Project for Youth
Through acts of service repairing homes and community centers, Sierra Service Project invites youth into a closer relationship with God and to experience the transformative power of serving people who have a culture and life experience different from their own. Sierra Service Project offers week-long service projects during the summer for junior high and high school youth groups. Each summer, over 130 churches and 2,000 youth and their adult leaders join together at one of our six sites located in rural and urban communities across the western states.
At SSP, youth are safe to grow in their faith, learn new skills, and make new friends while serving those in need. Last summer volunteers completed 119 home repair projects and other types of community service. SSP serves the elderly, poor and marginalized. Our service is offered without strings attached and with respect and humility.
Jesus invites us to come & see. The gospel of John shares the story of how some disciples came to follow Jesus. It was simple. Jesus extended an offer for them to come and see for themselves. The invitation to “Come & See” is extended to all Jr. & Sr. high youth in our church and community. (Yes, invite a friend!)
For questions and applications, call the church office at 310-377-6771 and they will direct your call.
Our church can help, and it’s easy! By collecting labels, box tops, and lids (V8 products) we can help the school at Red Bird earn free equipment and supplies. Just look for products that say “Labels for Education,” “Box Tops for Education” or “Tyson Project A+.” Some of the participating companies are: BIC, Campbell’s, Dannon, Emerald, Glad, Pepperidge Farm, Post, Kleenex and Hefty. Clip your labels and bring them to church – deposit in the box in the narthex. Meanwhile, you can learn more at: www.labelsforeducation.com, www.boxtops4education.com , and www.projectaplus.tyson.com.
Stay tuned for the Mission Committee’s upcoming winter project. Opportunities to help will be available soon!