West Virginia: June 4 – 10, 2017
Our first mission trip to West Virginia focused on repairing two flood damaged homes. We were housed at a Jordan Chapel UMC. Our sponsors were the West Virginia Conference of the United Methodist Church and the United Methodist Committee on Relief. Fifteen people from Glen Mar drove about 325 miles for a week of spiritual growth and transformation. We worked in the town of Richwood, WV, which is in a valley spread out along a river that overflowed its banks a year ago. Our team shared these "God Moments" from our trip:
--- Our mission trips give me the opportunity to see God working in our project, but also in others. It is a joy to see the maturity in the Spirit in the adults, but especially in the youth. Seeing eighth graders grow into disciples and then to witness their amazing talents as young adults is so inspiring. What a joy to see how much growth has occurred over the years and to be a testament to the power of the spirit. - Amy B.
--- This morning, we met Crystal and Jimmy, our homeowners. Jimmy let us know that he would be working with us all day. One tradition that many people on Glen Mar mission trips carry on year to year is to pick out a "crew bandanna" and wear it on the work site all week. We gave Jimmy a bandanna as an honorary member of our crew. By the end of the day, Jimmy had become more than an honorary member of our crew. He was also our friend! - Bruce L.
Glen Mar returned in Fall 2017 to help with flood recovery. One of our crew shared about his experience:
--- Working in Richwood (West Virginia) again provided me the opportunity to recall many ‘God Moments’ from the spring trip and to experience many new ones. The overall experience of working with a small group of dedicated, faith-filled adults has brought me closer to realizing how important it is that we respond to God’s call to service. This experience makes me feel that there is much more we need to continue to do through the Glen Mar Mission Ministry. - Tom C.