LGUMC sponsors a variety of global mission projects that send members and friends out into the world to live God’s love through active volunteer service. Through the United Methodist Volunteers in Mission program, we’ve gone to Louisiana for hurricane relief, Haiti to help with earthquake recovery, Alaska and Russia. But, if you asked a member of LGUMC what mission is all about, they will tell you that our heart is in Mexico!
For over 20 years, LGUMC’s mission trips to Punta Colonet, Mexico have defined us as a congregation and captured the hearts of our mission volunteers. Each year during spring break, volunteers travel to Colonet to build a casita or two, install water towers, and solar lights through our partnership with Lighting for Literacy. “Colonet”, as it has become known here, has a multitude of different meanings. We welcome youth, college students and adults of many pages, LGUMC members and folks from our community with a desire to serve, Spanish speakers and non-Spanish speakers, male and female, experienced missioners and first-timers, tools-comfortable to all-thumbs and construction site novices. For each participant, the Colonet mission trip is memorable for very personal reasons. Team participation forges bonds that linger among team members and between participants and the residents of Colonet.
Who can participate?
What started as an adult mission trip has become a family oriented trip. Families are encouraged to experience this trip together. You do not have to be a member of this church or any church. We ask only that you bring a heart of service, cooperation and love.
When is the trip?
We organize VIM trips to Colonet beginning in the fall for travel in springtime annually. Everybody should consider participation in this eye-opening and highly rewarding mission. Each participant has something important and unique to contribute. Participation can include travel with the team or financial, logistical, materials, and moral/prayer support. Keep your eyes open for organizational meetings in September and October annually as our VIM teams form and plan their activities for the springtime mission trips.