Christ United Methodist Church
Christ United Methodist Church

Inspiring Travel


Inspiring Travel offers travel opportunities with a purpose. All programs are open to our church congregation and the entire community. These trips are meant to “inspire”. The trips will have components that include tangible, spiritual, emotional and social experiences. This is a great way to visit other parts of our world while being inspired to be a better person, friend and family unit. All travel opportunities are open to anyone – church members and our entire community.

There are also many non-trip opportunities. Inspiring Travel encourages you to get involved in our Health Kit Program. The VOLT team has several “between trip” opportunities including cleaning glasses, reading prescriptions, and inputting glasses into the computer system.

This program includes our already wonderful mission travel programs and expands into other areas and opportunities. If you or your family is interested in travel, travel planning, leading a trip or coordinating a health kit drive, we want to hear from you. For more information, please email inspiringtravel@cumc.com or check out our blog www.cumcinspiringtravel.wordpress.com.

Forms for trips can be downloaded by clicking here.

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Upcoming Trips:

June 29th – July 9th

Our “In Mission Together” Partnership with Chodziez, Poland

Pastor Slawomir has invited us to return to Poland. This time to Chodziez, Poland where we will be leading a VBS for the Chodiez community, organizing a youth program in the afternoons called “Texas Days”, painting the UMC in Chodziez, and completing some construction work on the church.

We will visit Berlin for a day and a half at the front of the trip and then Gdansk (on the Baltic sea) for a couple days at the end of the trip. As of January 31st, we have a team of 12 signed up. We still have 2-3 slots open!

If you are interested, please email us at InspiringTravel@cumc.com.

Early November, 2017

The VOLT team is taking its eye clinic on the road this Fall back to Dulac, Louisiana.   The exact dates are not set, but the team is looking at early November. This is another wonderful opportunity to serve regionally.

If you are interested, please email us at InspiringTravel@cumc.com.

April 8 – 13, 2018

Sager Brown

Of course, we will continue our annual mission trip to Sager Brown in Louisiana!   For this year, we have 18 slots and most are reserved, so get your name on the list for this fun and rewarding mission.

If you are interested, please email us at InspiringTravel@cumc.com.

Summer 2018

The VOLT team is in the early planning stages for a trip to go to Dangriga, Belize.  Inspiring Travel held a VBS there last summer (2016), and the team felt it would be a great fit for a future VOLT trip (see below under “Recent Trips”). Stay tuned for more details!

If you are interested, please email us at InspiringTravel@cumc.com.


 

Recent Trips:

April 26 – 30, 2017

The VOLT team returned to the beautiful Cookson Hills in NE Oklahoma. Over 100 patients were served!

April 2 – 7, 2017

Sager Brown

We had another successful Sager Brown mission trip this spring!  This team continues to grow and love this annual trip.

July 10th – 15th, 2016

VBS and painting teams traveled to Epworth UMC in Dangriga, Belize.

A team of 16 traveled to Dangriga, Belize for a 4 day VBS and painting (inside the UMC) mission trip.  For the VBS, the children ranged in age from 5 to 15 and were involved in Bible Story dramas, music, crafts and recreation. The team expected 120 kids, planned for 175, but on the last two days had 220. What a blessing!  Two of the afternoons, the team spent painting the interior of the Epworth UMC a cheerful yellow.

Lots of smiling faces and happy hearts!

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April 24th – April 29th, 2016

Sager Brown

Our annual trip to Baldwin, LA, and the UMCOR relief depot was another huge success and, we already have our slot for 2017 reserved!   If you are interested, please contact us at InspiringTravel@cumc.com.

March 30 – Apr 4, 2016

VOLT (Vision of Light Team) to Oklahoma City

The Vision of Light Team (VOLT) took its eye clinic back to OKC for our 4th visit.  The team saw and served 425 people of all ages!  The team works with the OKC NSO (Neighborhood Services Organization) to arrange the signups and sites.

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January 2, 2016

Disaster Response Team (DRT) to Oklahoma.

Our DRT team sent a team of 10 to the Rowlett/Garland area in response to the tornadoes that hit right after Christmas.  They were able to serve 3 people that really needed their help.

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October 4 – 10, 2015

Disaster Response Team (DRT) to Oklahoma.

The DRT team took their talents to Ardmore Oklahoma in October to help with gutting some homes damaged from the May storms we had.

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September 19th – 27th, 2015

VOLT team eye clinic travels to Panama

A team of 22 traveled to Panama to provide eye screenings and glasses for over 400 Panamanians who could not afford or do not have access to eye care.

 

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July 31st – August 2nd, 2015

Young Adult mission trip to Oklahoma City

A team of young adults spent a weekend in Oklahoma City this summer. Working with the OKC NSO (Neighborhood Services Organization), the team painted the common areas of the Palo Duro 1 building. It houses adults with mental illnesses.

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Other Ways to Help

Can’t travel on these dates? Here are other great ways to get involved:

  • Health kits – Organize a small group to assemble health kits.
  • Prayer partnership – Pray for the team traveling and those they are serving.
  • Taking a vacation – Take along a little inspiration on your next vacation.
  • If you are interested in “Inspiring Travel” – Have an idea for a great trip, would like to lead a trip, would like to take a Volunteer In Mission training class?
  • For more general information – Please contact inspiringtravel@cumc.com or Melissa Wilkinson, Director of Missions and Outreach.

Layette Kits

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Prepping Glasses

 

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