Welcome to Lakewood UMC Global Missions and Outreach

UPDATED: May 2018

We hope that this site will give you a better understanding of LUMC’s Global Missions and Outreach program.  Here you can read short reports and see pictures from recent missions (below), learn about missionaries and mission projects that Lakewood supports (see adjacent page above) , as well as leave your comments to share with others.  Please take a few minutes to look around.  Anyone is welcome to participate in our program by going on missions, providing financial support, prayer partners for missionaries and teams, and more.

The 2018 planned missions are shown below.

  • Disaster Recovery – One day and/or whole week mission to areas in need.  Lakewood will continue to send teams out to help Northwest Houston local families with flood recovery from Hurricane Harvey.  Also Lakewood will be sending a team to support Hurricane Maria Recovery in Puerto Rica over the dates of June 9-16, 2018.  Please contact Jack Aulick for more information. 
  • Kenya – Lakewood will not be sending a team to Kenya in 2018. A blub and pictures from our 2017 mission are available on this site.  We plan to send a team in 2019 over the dates of June 27 – July 12.  If you have questions please contact Jack Aulick for more information
  • Costa RicaLakewood sent a mission team to Nicoya, Costa Rica from June 10-18, 2017.  A short blurb and slide show from our mission is available on this blog.  At this time it is not planned to send a mission team to Costa Rica in 2018.  Contact Jack Aulick for more information.
  • UMCOR Sager Brown – Lakewood will be sending teams to Sager Brown over the weeks of February 18-23 and November 4-9 in 2018. Mission teams will travel to Baldwin La. to spend a week at this UMCOR Depot.  The teams will assemble various kits, work in the sewing room, and can also do home repair in the local community.  This is a great opportunity for people to go on a mission that have not tried one before, or that do not want to do construction work.  Reserved dates for Sager Brown missions in 2019 are February 17-22, 2019 and November 3-8, 2019. Contact Jack Aulick for more information.
  • Border Area – A Mission Team will be traveling to the border area of Texas to help the GBGM missionary Willie Berman with the ministries included in Manos Juntas.  Activities will include construction, VBS, training kids and adults in various skills, and more.  Team went to support Manos Juntas in 2017 and plans to again go back in 2018.  Contact Jack Aulick for more information.

Some people do not think that they have the skills to participate on a mission, which is absolutely not true.  A wide variety of skills and types of participation are needed on every mission team.  Many skills needed to make a mission team complete are not construction related, if you want to know more click here. [when the file opens hit ‘F5’]

Thank you for your interest in Lakewood’s Global Outreach program.   If you have questions or would like more information please leave a reply on this blog and I will contact you.

Jack Aulick – Chair

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2018 Puerto Rico Disaster Recovery Mission

A team of nine from Lakewood went to Puerto Rico to support the ReHace Program of the Methodist Church of Puerto Rico (MCPR). This program is intended to help families and churches rebuild after the significant damage caused all across Puerto Rico by Hurricane Maria in 2017. Our team stayed in a ‘camp’ of the MCPR in Patillas (located on the southeast side of the island) and worked on a house in Mauanabo, which was about a 10 minute drive from our camp.

The house that we worked on is owned by Sara. Much of her house was in need of new roof as there were many leaks every time it rained. Over the course of the week the team removed the old metal roofing and substructure and installed new rafters, purlins, and metal roofing. We were also able to do a few other things to the house including painting the exterior, adding new siding on outside and inside where needed, install two new ceiling fans, etc. At the end of the week Sara was so happy and appreciative of the help from MCPR and our team. It was a blessing for all the team to get to know Sara that week, to meet some of her family, and share a few hugs each day. There were few dry eyes on that last day when we left her house.

The MCPR camp in Patillas was only 50 yards from the beach and was a beautiful site. Three Methodist ladies from the local area prepared 3 meals a day for us; they were so sweet and hospitable. MCPR also provided a ‘host’ in Patillas and an interpreter that was with the team every day to help us with whatever we needed. These two ladies also became very special to our team.

We were in Patillas on a Sunday and Worshipped at the local church and then explored a bit of the south side of Puerto Rico. We also joined the local church for Worship on Tuesday night and we were invited to sing in Spanish for the congregation, it was great!

We were also joined by Ted from UMCOR for the week. We cannot thank Ted enough for all his help. Ted arrived in Puerto Rico before us and made sure that we had all the materials needed to work on Sara’s house, and also he had the knowledge and experience needed to lead us through the work all week.

This mission was a Blessing for all our team. As always we thank our families and Lakewood for making this possible for us to participate. We thank the MCPR for hosting us. Most of all we thank Him who called us, enabled us, and watched over us all week.

Gloria a Dios!!!

To see pictures of our mission click here.

Sager Brown Feb. 2018

Another team from Lakewood went to UMCOR’s Sager Brown facility in Baldwin La.  The whole team was greatly blessed by our time there.  We worked in the Depot, helped with facility maintenance, and participated in local outreach that was organized by Sager Brown staff.

This was the first Sager Brown experience for one team member and their thoughts on the week are shown below.

I signed up to serve, to represent my faith and Lakewood, and to get to know people from our church.  I planned to work in the community, and I did, volunteering at a domestic violence shelter in Franklin and a thrift store which is part of the International Mathew 25 organization.  I also worked in The Depot at Sager-Brown ensuring birthing kits that would go where needed were accurate and ready to ship.

My experiences exceeded my expectations.  I not only got to know some of my church family on a deeper level, I met many people, from many churches, they all had a story, and they all had faith that could bring me to tears.  I met people in the local communities that served those in need, every single day of their lives.  Good people, brave people, people of faith. 

Would I go again? In a hot minute, sign me up.  Should you go?  Only if you want to experience the depth of grace we receive from serving with and forming relationships, not only with people we’ll see again, but people we’ll never see again.  Thanks to Scott and the other members of our team; their friendship, openness and living service was amazing, and our evening devotionals were a true blessing.

We give thanks to our families and Lakewood that enabled us to make this mission.  We give thanks to Him who called us and kept us safe.  Glory to God!

Click here to see pictures from this mission.

Nov. 2017 Sager Brown

During the week of November 5-10, 2017, a team from Lakewood UMC served in the Sager Brown facility in Baldwin, LA. Our team of 19 volunteers worked with other volunteers, including people from Iowa, Arkansas, Washington state and Texas. We also served with an amazing permanent staff at Sager Brown, and three long-term volunteers.

At Sager Brown we worked on cleaning buckets, verifying the buckets donated from other churches. We opened all the donated cleaning buckets, removed items not on the approved list, rejected buckets with moldy contents, repacked everything, and put onto pallets. We also packed and verified hygiene kits. The pallets are shrink-wrapped and ready to ship to places in need. We took back to LUMC some “rejects” of soap, towels, sponges, and other items for use in our LUMC local ministries. What is shipped overseas is very specific, but everything is put to good use. In the sewing room, we made a skirt for the stage in the gym, and sewed and repaired school bags. Also we delivered a donation of heavy fabric from our Prayers and Squares ministry for sewing into school bags by other teams in the future. We unloaded two big semi-trucks full of boxes of donations collected in Iowa, and loaded a trailer with 19,488 birthing kits and 12,096 sewing kits headed out for Angola.

Off-campus, we visited, cleaned, and played Bingo at St. Jules apartments, toured The Bridge Teen Challenge, and peeled pecans at the Center of Hope. A volunteer construction crew built a ramp at a house. Our team worked together, worshipped together, prayed together, and played together (a swamp boat tour). Our week was truly one of service and joy.

Click here to see pictures from this mission.

2017 Mexico Mission

A small team from Lakewood UMC and Windsor Village UMC spent a week supporting the Manos Juntas Ministry (MJM) of the Methodist Church of Mexico. We were in Rio Bravo working on a local church finishing up a few rooms to be used as a parsonage and also a dormitory facility which will be used to help families who have loved ones in local hospital and need a place to stay. MJM personnel were wonderful at taking care of us and working with us all week. Working with the ‘maestros’ each day was a joy. We also met a GBGM Missionary Volunteer from Tennessee that is assigned to MJM for 6 months. She is an amazing lady and was a joy to be with every day. She worked at a MJM school teaching English half the day and worked with us half the day.

Again our small team felt greatly blessed by our week at MJM. We thank all the MJM personnel that took care of us all week, thank our families and Lakewood for making this possible, and our God who called us and watched over us.

Gloria a Dios!

Click here to see pictures from our mission

2017 Kenya Mission

The 2017 Kenya mission was a blessing to all the team once again. The team of 14 was comprised of 9 mission veterans and 5 that had not been to Kenya before. We spent a one day being a tourist in Nairobi upon our arrival and then we were off to Maua where we spent one week. Our week in Maua was spent in support of the Maua Methodist Hospital (MMH). We helped MMH with a few of their construction needs and supported their outreach ministries by participating in a ‘remote clinic’, helping build an Aids Orphans house, providing various donations of needed items. Our time with many of the MMH staff in morning Chapel, fellowship, and work was special as they are God’s servants in this “place of miracles”. From Maua we went to the KBC Orphanage near Nakuru, Kenya that was established by the Windsor Village UMC of southwest Houston. Our time at KBC was wonderful, the 17 orphans living there were precious children ranging in age from about 3 to 20. The oldest is a college student that was back at KBC for the summer. We played with all the children every chance we got, and also walked to a local church with them for Sunday morning Worship, and while they were away at school or doing other things the team helped with local construction needs.

Our team was blessed by this mission in many ways. We all have said the best part was our time spent with our sisters and brothers in Christ everywhere we went.

Thanks to our families and our Lakewood UMC family for making this possible for us. We pray that our mission Glorified Our God! BWANA ASIFIWE !

Click here to see pictures from our mission.

2017 Costa Rica Mission

A Lakewood team returned to the small Methodist Church in Nicoya Costa Rica this summer. The team was again very blessed by the people of Iglesia Metodista Peniel. The team did a ½ day Bible School for children of the church and community on our 1st day in Nicoya, it was wonderful. We started work on Monday morning and helped with several projects at Peniel, all of us were worn out by the end of the week. Each day at Peniel we were treated to amazing ‘home cooked’ meals by ladies from the church, and we shared in play, prayer, singing, worship, and fellowship with congregation members and workers as well. One night we attended worship at another small church in the nearby community of Quiriman and were asked to sing in Spanish, and even got a request for an encore! At the end of work week, we went to beach community of Tamarindo and enjoyed the beautiful sights and a ½ day boat ride as our ‘rest & reflection’ activity.

Once again Iglesia Metodista Peniel’s congregation extended amazing hospitality to each of us. We were blessed. We again thank our families for enabling us to make this mission, Lakewood for prayers and support, and our Great God for watching over us and keeping us safe.  Gloria a Dios!!!

Click here to see pictures from our mission.

Nov. 2016 Sager Brown Mission

During the week of November 5-11, 2016, a team from Lakewood UMC served in the UMCOR Sager Brown facility in Baldwin, LA. Our team of 14 volunteers worked with a total of 75 volunteers, including people from Iowa, Arkansas, Georgia, and Texas. We were hosted by an amazing staff at Sager Brown including two long-term volunteers.

We delivered for Lakewood a donation of heavy fabric from our Prayers & Squares Ministry for sewing into school bags in the sewing room at Sager Brown.  During the week, we worked on Cleaning Buckets, verifying the buckets donated from other churches. We opened all the donated buckets, removed items not on the approved list, rejected buckets with moldy contents, repacked everything, and put onto pallets. When we finished with the donated buckets, we assembled new buckets with new contents. The pallets are shrink-wrapped and ready to ship to places in need. We took back to LUMC some “rejects” of soap, towels, and sponges for use in our LUMC local ministries. The contents of what is shipped overseas are very precise, and everything is put to good use.

We unloaded two big semi-trucks full of boxes of donations collected in the Iowa Conference of the United Methodist Church (this Conference had a team of 25 there for the week). Also our week there coincided with Food for Families week, so we helped distribute 868 food boxes to seniors and Baldwin residents in need. The Director of Outreach Ministries at Sager Brown (who grew up in Baldwin, and went to school at Sager Brown before UMCOR bought the site) had several off-campus projects for us. We helped at some Head Start facilities and a volunteer construction crew built a disability ramp at a house in Franklin where a grandmother could not come home from the hospital until a ramp was built onto her porch at her home.

Our team worked together, worshipped together, prayed together, and played together (a plantation house tour). Our week was truly one of service, blessings, and joy.

Click here to see pictures from this mission.