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

Merry Christmas from Peru!

Each year Custer Road families provide Christmas gifts for three or four orphanages in Peru, and when we deliver the gifts it’s so much fun to watch the children open their backpacks, try on their sunglasses, and show their t-shirts to their friends. It’s even more fun to help the children find the letter and picture from the family who filled the backpack for them. “Estan mis amigos de mi iglesia,” I tell them – which means “They are my friends from my church.” And each child’s face lights up as they see that someone real from far away cared enough to send a Christmas gift just for them.

I often hear from people that writing the letter or finding a family photo is the hardest part of packing the backpack. Sometimes people leave them out. This year, I saw something that reminded me how important these things are.

When we were visiting a transition home for girls who have aged out of the orphanage system, one of the girls said she had a picture of me from when she was in the orphanage. I assumed that the picture was from the previous year. But when she showed it

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You’re Invited to a Baby Shower for PISD School-Aged Parents!


You’re Invited to a Baby Shower!
It’s Custer Road UMC’s Baby Shower for
PISD School-Age Parents!
Join us on Sundays, March 19 & 26.

Remember cramming for physics and algebra finals. Remember the awesome sense of responsibility when you first held your son or daughter. Remember all those sleepless nights. Maybe you remember the heartache of your newborn in intensive care. Maybe you remember not being able to afford food or diapers. What if these all happened at once and you were sixteen? Many Plano teens are parents or expectant parents and most of them live in poverty. You can help these teens by bringing New unwrapped baby and toddler gifts  and sign the guest register at our “Come and Go” baby shower.  Items requested include: diapers (sizes 1,4,5,6), wipes, NEW clothes, blankets, pajamas, bottles, bath toys, towels, books, bouncers, pack n plays, car seats, strollers, mattresses for crib, crib sheets, baby bags, books, puzzles, safe toys and Wal-Mart gift cards.

Want to make double the impact with a single gift? Purchase a scrip card from our Revelation Youth Choir and drop it off at the Baby Shower. You’ll help PISD School Age Parents and help a CRUMC Youth go on Choir

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2017 Living Water International Mission Trip

More than 884 million people around the world have virtually no access to clean water, something that we take for granted every day here in Collin County. A child under the age of 5 dies every 90 seconds from disease and illness due to lack of access to clean water. Is God calling you to make a difference far from your comfort zone? Tony and Elizabeth Hairston are leading a 2nd trip in partnership with Living Water International November 4-11, 2017, to help a community in Guatemala acquire desperately needed clean water and to experience “living water” – the gospel of Jesus Christ – which alone satisfies the deepest thirst. Imagine a well that is paid for by our own church members AND built by 12 of those members that will represent Custer Road as we help build a well that will gush with clean, life-giving water and sustain generations for years to come. Imagine people in need having access to clean water just like us.

Several spots remain open on the team.

Fact Sheet:

The Mission: Dig a clean water well in communities that currently have little or no access to clean water sources  AND share

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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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Missions News Archives


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    Merry Christmas from Peru!
    April 6, 2017
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    You're Invited to a Baby Shower for PISD School-Aged Parents!
    March 9, 2017
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    2017 Living Water International Mission Trip
    March 8, 2017
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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