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Welcome to Lakewood UMC Global Missions and Outreach

UPDATED: November 2017

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.  No dates are scheduled at this time.  Contact Jack Aulick for more information. 
  • Kenya – Lakewood will again be sending a team to Kenya from July 11-26, 2018.  The team will be supporting the Methodist Church in Kenya and spend time at the Maua Methodist Hospital in Maua Kenya and also at Velosia KBC Orphanage.  A blub and pictures from our 2017 mission are available on this site.  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.  We will be sending a team 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.  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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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.

2016 Mexico Mission

Lakewood sent a team to the border area to support the Manos Juntas Ministry (MJM) of the Methodist Church of Mexico.  Our team stayed at the MJM facility in Rio Bravo and spent our week at the Community Center in Vamos Tamaulipas that was established by MJM a few years ago.  During the week we were there school was in session and there were 60-70 children around every day.  We were so very blessed by our time in Mexico.

Our week was packed with meeting many sisters and brothers in Mexico, laughing, singing, fellowship, working, playing, praying, and sharing His love.  We worked on putting stucco on exterior walls, installing sheetrock on a ceiling, assembling school desks that were built and donated by a Boy Scout in our congregation, conducting a Bible School for the children, feeding ~200 hotdogs to kids and parents, playing games with the children, general clean up and repairs around the facility, and enjoying delicious authentic Mexican food 3 times every day.

We thank our families and Lakewood for supporting us with encouragement, prayers, finances, etc.  We thank Him who called us, who enabled us, and watched over us while we were away.  Gloria a Dios!!!

Click here to see a few pictures from this mission.

2016 Costa Rica Mission

Lakewood again sent a team of volunteers to support the small Methodist Church in Nicoya, Costa Rica.  The team spent a week with the congregation of this church and families in the surrounding community.  It was a week filled with fellowship, Worship and Praise, hard work, prayer, Bible School for kids, meeting many sisters and brothers within the Body of Christ, team devotions, and more.  All of us were exceedingly blessed by our time in Nicoya

Our work for the week was painting metal grates that were mounted in windows around the sanctuary, painting the metal sub-structure of the 2nd story of an existing building, and adding 6-8” of concrete to an existing floor to raise it up so that new tile could then be installed.  At the end of the work week, we spent a couple of nights in a small town by the Arenal Volcano and did a little white water rafting and relaxing and reflecting on our week.  As is usually the case with missions, we felt enormously blessed by the people of our host church and our time together with them.

It was by His Grace that we were able to be His servants on this mission and Praise Him for the opportunity.  We thank our families and our Lakewood family for support and prayers.  We thank the ‘Yes to The Dress’ ministry of Lakewood for the bandana dresses and necklaces we were able to give to local children.

Gloria a Dios!

Click here to view pictures from the mission.