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Mission Trips: 2007

“All who take upon themselves the name of Christ are called into ministries of love and service by the example of Christ.  As these members of our community begin their work in other communities, we pray the blessings of God upon their endeavors.

“We recognize them as ambassadors of this congregation in ministry with the people of these communities and dedicate them to service in the name of Jesus Christ. Through our prayers we will be united with them in their work. May God richly bless their labors.

“We believe in God, Creator of the world; and in Jesus Christ, the Redeemer of creation. We believe in the Holy Spirit, through whom we acknowledge God’s gifts. We commit ourselves to the rights and dignity of all persons and to the improvement of the quality of life. We dedicate ourselves to peace throughout the world and to the rule of justice and law among all nations. We believe in the present and final triumphs of God’s Word in human affairs, and gladly accept our commission to manifest the life of the gospel in the world.”

Katrina Mission Project to Gulfport

May 3-6

Saint Mark is organizing a group of volunteers to help rebuild a house in Gulfport, Mississippi, under the Mississippi United Methodist Church Region. We need 10-15 adult volunteers for the weekend of May 3-6. We will leave Thursday morning so we can have two full days, Friday and Saturday, to work and return on Sunday. Cost should be minimal since housing is provided by the Mississippi UMC Region. Building skills are helpful but not required. If you are interested in participating or for more information, contact Greg Brown, 404-869-9280, .

Hinton All Ages in Mission for Youth

June 10-15

On June 10, Saint Mark commissioned a team of Saint Mark youth and leaders for a mission trip to the Hinton Rural Life Center in Hayesville, North Carolina.

Hinton’s All Ages in Missions program is specifically designed for youth groups seeking a mission experience, similar to the Appalachian Service Project, which includes much hands-on work ... supervised by a Hinton staffer.  The program emphasizes education and involvement, equipping the youth with both knowledge and confidence to do construction or repair work they might have thought too difficult.

Our team worked at the home of Ms. Maxine, whose late husband served as the local doctor for the mountain town, charging discount rates and bartering his medical services for chickens and eggs.  they built two new railings, secured an old one, and repainted the trim around her roof.  Our most rewarding “work,” though, was the time we spent talking and breaking bread with Ms. Maxine.

Honduras Mission Trip

July 7-14

The 2007 Honduras Mission Team's efforts were towards continued improvements to the dental facilities organized in 2006 as well as providing dental and medical services. The team distributed to the villagers hundreds of pairs of flip-flops collected by our Saint Mark children. Our team also provided Vacation Bible School for the children of the area. The team built a Habitat-style single-family home in El Pino Honduras.

The 2007 Honduras Team members were Alan Zelinger, Barry Stearns, Bill Rencher, Byron Pittman, David Marier, Elizabeth Hill, Greg Brown, Jay Davis, Jay Drew, Jimmy Moor, John Clark, John Hannula, Katina Asbell, Ken Knox, Laura Weakland, Linda Brooks, Lisa Duncan, Lynn Mormann, Mary Bell, Mary Murray, Richard Kauffman, Shirley Horan, Stan Moor, Sue Mormann, and Walter Allen.

Click here for a summary of the week by Jimmy Moor as well as photos from the trip

Appalachia Service Project

July 29 - August 4

Appalachian Service Project (ASP) is a Christian ministry, open to all people, that fosters human development by addressing the housing needs of Central Appalachia.

This year’s Appalachian Service Project team will travel to Jonesville, VA from July 29 - August 4 and stay in the “Hilton” of the ASP centers. The newly remodeled facility has soft beds, air conditioning and indoor showers with plenty of hot water.

Please remember our 2007 Appalachian Service Project team: Jackie Watson, Angie Buysse, Steve Gutermuth, Deana Hilton, Candace Jones, and Michael Moore.

For more information, contact Jackie Watson, 404-909-3275.