At FUMC Allen, we offer and support many opportunities to do good and glorify God beyond our local community. Serving changes the lives of everyone involved from the people living in the communities we serve to those who are building, teaching, giving, and training. These opportunities are truly transforming as we serve alongside our partner organizations and communities.
Gulf Coast Hurricane Relief
Hurricane Harvey, a Category 4 hurricane, first struck the Texas Gulf Coast on August 25, 2017. After coming ashore, the hurricane stalled and remained a Category 3 hurricane for five days before exiting back out into the Gulf of Mexico. Many structures were destroyed completely while many more lost roofs in the initial storm or were damaged by falling limbs and trees. The first impact was bad enough, but the following five days of rain exacerbated the situation with extensive water damage to homes.
Our first church-wide mission trip to serve outside Victoria/Sinton, Texas, was in January 2018; we go back every year to serve, especially through our youth mission trips. If you are interested in serving, contact Ed Whipple.
Hosacks in Honduras
Lauren and Steven Hosack, who grew up in our church, are the current directors at the House of Hope in Puerto Lempira, Honduras. They oversee day-to-day operations at the house, which includes discipline, tutoring, and structure, but most of all, they show the children the love of Christ. For more information about their ministry, visit http://www.hosacksinhonduras.com. We support the Hosacks through the annual Hearts for Hope fundraising dinner as well as sending mission teams. Our next trip is planned for Dec 2018/Jan 2019.
The organization’s approach to achieving its goal – the eradication of world hunger – includes the packaging of a highly nutritious, vitamin-fortified soy-rice casserole by volunteers at numerous locations within the USA and Canada; and the distribution of those meals to starving children and their families in 70 countries through partnerships with humanitarian organizations worldwide. Most recently, our church has packaged meals for children in Honduras as well as “Latin rice” kits to feed local families as well as those living in areas impacted by Hurricanes Harvey.
Founded by church member, Dr. Tom Brian, to serve the people of the Moskito Coast of Honduras, Send Hope built the House of Hope which is home to partially disabled, abused, neglected, and/or malnourished children. The School of Hope sits on an adjacent property and teaches up to 120 students daily, including many that are too poor to attend class in town. Send Hope also offers a program for malnourished children. Their families can pick up baby formula and/or Kids Against Hunger rice to take home with them. Find out more at https://www.send-hope.org/.