Mexico Missions
Stacie McLain

We have had the amazing privilege to take a team from First UMC Okmulgee to Mexico each year for the past five years to be the hands and feet of Christ around the world! 

We take this trip during Spring Break each year and stay in a local United Methodist Church there in Mexico.  Because we stay in the church, we get to experience worship with the neighborhood people, which is such a pleasure!  The first four years we were able to build two to three casitas (small houses) for families in great need.  Not only did we build homes, but we built some great relationships with the local people. 

This past year, we were planning to build two more casitas for families, however, God had a different plan for our team!  We work with Manos Juntas Mexico (Hands Together Ministries) in Rio Bravo, Mexico.  They usually have enough teams to build 20-25 casitas every year just over Spring Break alone (they have teams come down throughout the year to build).  This past year there were only seven casitas built on Spring Break.  Because they have had so many teams back out over the past couple of years, they have had to cut their staff in half.  By doing so, they have become more creative with the ministries that they are able to do, and feel that God has given them new direction and vision.  Instead of just building casitas for needy families, they are beginning to work on the root of the poverty problem.  They are beginning new ministries, and our team got to seed the first of the new things to come!

We built one large building on the church premises which will be a sewing shop.  The finished addition will serve as part of an ongoing project that teaches women of the community a skill to improve their income.  We also prepared the Pharmacy and Medical Clinic area in the church which will allow people from the community to get the medical attention and medicines that they need.

Manos Juntas Mexico is working to provide many classes for families in the community:  carpentry classes, nutrition classes, parenting classes, and many other opportunities for them to learn ways to break the cycle of poverty in that area.  Now, when we go to build casitas, families will be required to take some of these classes and will then be check on frequently by the pastor of that church.  Making sure that not only are their financial needs met, but that their spiritual needs are met as well!

People often wonder why we do this mission. 

We do this because…
…we meet people that are different from ourselves.
…we get to do great things for God.
…we come into contact with God’s immense power.
…we gain compassion for people.
…we help others take a step toward God.
…we must depend on God.
…we gain humility.
…we work as a team.
…we experience God’s care as we express God’s care.

If you are interested in being a part of this adventure, please contact Stacie McLain for more information.  We would love for you to be a part in one or more of many ways.  You can:

  •  Pray for our team!  We need prayer all year round as we prepare, put our team together, take care of logistics, and take the trip.
  • Financial donations are ALWAYS welcome!  We have a budget of around $18,000 each year (depending on the number of people that go on the trip).
  • Join us on the trip itself.  Even though we give, we seem to receive much more than we could ever give!
  • Be here when we return and help us unload and clean up!

We look forward to another year, Spring Break 2012, of serving God in Mexico!

In Christ,
Stacie McLain

  April 2018  
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