MISSION TRIPS ORGANIZED BY BUMC
Carolina Cross Connection (Service Weeks)
Carolina Cross Connection (CCC) is a week-long mission camp for high school youth and adults to provide minor home repairs (such as: building steps/wheelchair ramps/porches, interior/exterior painting, yard work, and household chores) for individuals in need. CCC is operated out of 5 camps in Piedmont and Western North Carolina. Campers get to fellowship with other youth and adults from churches throughout the Southeast. They also participate in daily devotions and nightly worship services.
Homeless Outreach Missions Experience (HOME)
There’s no place like HOME….Carolina Cross Connection has teamed up with the Haywood Street Congregation to offer a mission experience like no other. Come spend a life changing unforgettable week in downtown Asheville, NC. Your week begins on Sunday when you meet and get to know your staff and fellow campers. Then spend Monday through Friday participating in a variety of service and relationship experiences. During the week you will get to know members of the homeless community in Asheville and share some experiences of being homeless in our own state. Activities each week may vary as the spirit guides you to reach beyond your comfort zone by nurturing relationships, loving, serving and being served, and encountering the living Christ among our street siblings.
Red Bird Mission and Clinic have been providing ministries in Kentucky’s Appalachian Mountains since 1921. Today the need remains critical in this isolated, rural distressed area. Chronic poverty, lack of jobs, poor housing, and rugged mountainous terrain provide obstacles to a fuller life for the residents of this area. Red Bird Mission strives to meet these needs through ministry in five areas: Education, Health and Wellness, Community Outreach, Economic Opportunity, and Community Housing Improvement. The camp fosters a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. The workload varies all for volunteers of all skill levels.
HONDURAS (Mama Tara’s Orphanage)
A week trip to Honduras involves traveling to a remote area, Puerto Lempira, which is home to the indigenous people of the country. While in Puerto Lempira you will work with and for the 25 children at Mama Tara’s Orphanage. Opportunities for service while you are there are endless. Things we have done in the past: help work on the security fence, secure bunk beds, build cabinets, electrical work, rebuild a chicken coup, rescreen doors and windows, paint murals on the walls, cut hair, and offer a medical clinic. Most importantly you will form lasting relationships with the children teaching them their value in Christ! Every person, young or old, building experience or not, Spanish speaking or not, is useful and valuable on this trip.
Fundraisers: The Missions Committee is committed to helping members of the Bethel congregation who feel called by the Holy Spirit to participate in mission’s experiences not be halted by financial cost. For that reason, we as a committee aim to help participants cover a large portion of the trip costs through fundraising.
To receive financial support you must volunteer in our Annual Fundraisers which are; but not limited to:
- A missions 5K and fun-run for kids (Spring)
- Fall chicken BBQ (Summer)
- Festival of Tables (Fall)
Scholarships: Participating in a mission trip can be expensive. We provide opportunities for participants to off-set the cost of the trips with several fund raisers throughout the year. But we know that sometimes those fund raisers are not enough. We also know that sometimes the Holy Spirit calls congregation members to participate in mission opportunities not organized by BUMC. For these reasons, our committee has set aside $1000 that is available for individual scholarships. Money is distributed on a first-come first serve basis.