Missions News

Missions is one of the key distinctives of Custer Road UMC. We invest finance, time, and labor to helping people know the love of Jesus, both in our neighborhoods and around the world. To learn more about our missions programs, visit our Missions page.

This blog will be updated often, and will contain the most current information about our missions activities. The most recent post is below, and further down is an archive with earlier posts.

 

Most Recent Post

Mexico Mission Trip Report

Submitted by Team Leader Jennifer Wagner

Six individuals traveled to Ciudad Juarez January 13-16, on behalf of Custer Road and Juntos Servimos to serve with Proyecto Abrigo to build a home for a family. The team members were Ellen Curnes who is the Board President for Juntos Servimos, Elizabeth and Tony Hairston and Dave, Jennifer and Hannah Wagner. It was a cool and unusually wet weekend in this area of the desert.

The family we built for had been making the best of their circumstances for years. They had a modest, dirt floor home built with what materials they could find, including shipping pallets, cardboard and sheet plastic. One room was blocked off with plastic and fabric to contain the warmth from a wood stove, protection from the average nighttime temperatures that hover around freezing in January. They have one of the few ‘indoor’ bathrooms with running water. They work at providing their own food, tending 10 chickens and a small vegetable garden on their property. It became apparent that this family has been working together to continually improve their circumstances. Then tragedy struck and the patriarch of the family passed away this past year, leaving his wife, daughter and three

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Helping the Homeless of Dallas with S.O.U.L. Church

S.O.U.L. (Servants Of oUr Lord) exists to provide for the physical and spiritual needs of the homeless in Dallas, TX. Leon Birdd, a pastor for 22 years, of Open Air Ministries pastors the church and considers it the highest honor to serve and give to those who may not be able to help in return. Leon and a team of committed volunteers has fed, cared for, clothed and worshiped in Dallas’ homeless community. In those years, tons of clothes have been collected and distributed to those in need.

Our goal – Our goal at Custer Road is to build a stockpile of clean socks, underwear and gently used jeans (the most in-demand items) to help the homeless of downtown get through the winter. The need for clothing – The wear and tear of street life shortens the life of clothes considerably. And with no closet or safe place to store clothes, what you own is what you wear. Having access to fresh, even gently used clothes is a blessing.

All sizes for adults are needed. Please bring donations of new socks and underwear and gently used blue jeans to the donation area in Fellowship Hall during the month of February. If you

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Bed Start — Pillow Project

We asked and you delivered!

The Bed Start Pillow Project would like to thank the generous individuals, families and Sunday School Classes from Custer Road UMC for a very successful 2016! Your time and money helped to provide over 1,000 new pillows to families in need. With your help, we look forward to our second year of service with this incredible mission. Thank you for your continued support! This such a wonderful way to serve with the other groups in your life. Please consider the Pillow Project for your book clubs, Scout troops, neighborhood groups, and even your place of work. Thank you for your continued support!

If you’d like to help, we are looking for individuals or Sunday School classes/small groups to commit to providing pillows for Bed Start for one week out of the year.  Approximately 25 pillows per week are needed. We have been getting good quality pillows from Target for $4.04 each. This works out to about $100 per week.

If you would like to commit to a week or two, buy and deliver the pillows as a family or class,  that would be ideal. If you purchase the pillows, please bring them to the Bed

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Christmas Joy in Peru Mission Trip

Written by Lanie Williams

Backpacks, bathrooms and more

What do gift-filled backpacks, brand new bathrooms, yummy pizza, a funny clown and mountain-top memories have in common and how are they related to Custer Road? In December 2016, generous Custer Road families helped provide all of these items to children in Peru.

For the last eight years, Custer Road families have filled backpacks with Christmas gifts for children in orphanages and family hope centers in Peru. We filled about 500 backpacks, about half of the total number delivered, with the rest provided by other churches.

In 2016, Custer Road families opened their hearts and wallets to provide even more. Members Kim Carter, Pat Garret and Lanie Williams traveled with the Buckner International mission team to Peru and witnessed the impact of this generosity.

Villa Hermosa is one of the poorest communities in Lima. Families in Villa Hermosa live in small houses (shacks) perched on the side of a mountain of dirt, and most of them don’t have running water or bathrooms. But through a special program, ten families recently qualified to receive bathrooms, and one of those bathrooms was made possible by donations from Custer Road families. Our Peru mission team

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Missions News Archives


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    Mexico Mission Trip Report
    February 8, 2017
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    Helping the Homeless of Dallas with S.O.U.L. Church
    February 2, 2017
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    Bed Start -- Pillow Project
    January 18, 2017
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    Christmas Joy in Peru Mission Trip
    January 10, 2017
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    Mission Open House 2017
    January 2, 2017
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    Collection for Agape Resource & Assistance Center
    December 31, 2016
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    2016 Alternative Gift Market for Missions Results
    December 6, 2016
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    In Bed By Christmas Eve
    November 17, 2016
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    "May the world always be as wonderful for you, as you are for others"
    October 19, 2016
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    Juntos Servimos Juarez Mexico Mission Trip
    October 17, 2016
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    Love Where You Live Fall Workday Wrap-up
    October 10, 2016
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    Are you the one we are looking for?
    September 23, 2016
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    Plano ISD Needs Your Help!
    September 8, 2016
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    2016 Summer Lunch Program Wrap-up
    September 1, 2016
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    Helping Children in Need Through the School Shoe Ministry
    June 3, 2016
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    Project Transformation is Changing Lives this Summer and You Can Too!
    June 1, 2016
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    Love Where You Live Spring Work Day
    May 23, 2016
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    Meet the NEW Summer Lunch Program Coordinator, Tyler Kirkman, this Sunday in Fellowship Hall!
    May 19, 2016
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    Every Saturday We Serve a Need!
    May 19, 2016
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    "How did they know exactly what I wanted?"
    May 3, 2016
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    Esperanza 5K & Eggsperanza 2016
    April 5, 2016
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    Bed Start Pillow Project
    April 4, 2016
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    Don't Miss the PISD School Age Baby Shower!
    March 14, 2016
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    Esperanza and Food Drive - Coming up!
    March 10, 2016
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    The 2016 CRUMC Book Sale is Coming...
    March 8, 2016
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    Meals on Wheels Info Session
    February 23, 2016
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    Juntos Servimos Mission Trip Summary
    February 23, 2016