Youth and Adults are welcome to participate in Missions at a variety of levels. We try to distribute our efforts to address needs at the Local, National, and Global levels.
APPALACHIA – A team served at the Red Bird Mission in Beverly, Kentucky in April 2012. There we helped repair a woman’s house who had termite damage. Construction included repairing her floor and two windows, installed wood paneling, molding, and painted the inside. In October 2015, another mission team built an underpinning (metal covering) for a trailer home to provide more warmth in the winter and prevent water pipes from freezing.
CAMP MEKOKIKO, HAWAII – A team went to Camp Mekokiko in Hawaii to help Rev. Ted Lesnett build a 36 acre Retreat and conference center for church groups and families to have a place to worship and meditate in the great outdoors of Hawaii. Tasks included building foundations for cottages, tiling restrooms at campsites and laying water lines for cottages and restrooms.
YAKIMA NATION (Youth) – In July 2010, the Blaine Memorial UMC Youth Group took 9 youth and 1 leader to the Yakama Reservation (Toppenish and Wapato, WA) for a week long mission trip. We spent a couple days painting houses and a couple days running Kid’s Club (like VBS), while learning about the Yakama Nation’s history and culture, all the while relating our experiences to our personal faith walks.
NICARAGUA – Two teams have been sent to Leon, Nicaragua, working with the non-profit organization El Ayudante (“The Helper”). In 2014, the first team of 12 helped build a home in the village of Mount Sinai and conducted dental clinics in and around Leon. In August 2015, a team of 27 served by building two kitchen additions and two latrines, holding a Vacation Bible School for the Nicaraguan Christian Home children and running dental clinics. We are blessed to be able to help El Ayudante develop long-term partnerships with the local community and their leaders by working with them on these short-term mission trips.
GUATEMALA – We have sent two teams to Panajachel, Guatemala to serve the indigenous/Mayan people. We are working with the organization, Mission Guatemala. For more information please see their website, missionguatemala.com. Service ministries include working in a dental clinic, offering Vacation Bible School for the village children, and providing assistance in various construction projects. If you are interested please contact the office.
HONDURAS – A team from Blaine Memorial UMC served in Honduras or a short-term dental/construction mission. The team worked with Honduras Outreach Inc. (HOI), a non-denominational Christian organization. General information can be found in the HOI website www.hoi.org. We had twelve people serving through various ministries of home visits (praying with people), Vacation Bible School for the children, dental clinic, construction (installing new roofs, pouring cement, and building a latrine).
JAMAICA – A group of 28 Blaine members and friends went to Jamacia May 22-28, 2010. In partnering with Praying Pelicans Missions, the group did Dental and Construction work and held a VBS for the local Jamaican people.