Irwinton-Toomsboro UMC plans Cuba mission trip, space still open for others

12/16/2011

By Kara Witherow, Editor

The Irwinton-Toomsboro United Methodist Church is planning and coordinating an upcoming mission trip to Cuba. Set for mid-to-late June, the trip is sponsored and sanctioned by the United Methodist Volunteers in Mission (UMVIM) and will last 10 to 14 days, depending on the size and scope of the mission.

The size of the team is limited to 12 people and there are currently slots available for additional team members. The team is open to all skill levels, but participants must be 19 years old or older.

The team will be working with the local populace and the local United Methodist church in Cuba, said team member Rev. Eddie Braswell, pastor of Dawson United Methodist Church and Graves United Methodist Church. The final details of the project have not yet been set, but team members will be working with the local church and local congregation.

Projects will likely consist of light construction work, painting, ministry activities and Bible studies. The team will also be involved in the local congregation’s worship services.

“This is a great opportunity for anyone who wants to go and do Christian mission work,” said Rev. Braswell, who will in June be taking his third trip to Cuba. “It’s a wonderful experience. The people of Cuba are just fabulous and they are hungry for the Gospel. Churches are growing by leaps and bounds. It’s hard work but it’s rewarding work.”

According to Rev. Braswell, UMVIM has been conducting mission trips in Cuba since the early 1990s, and sends a team nearly every month.

“The people are so loving, so warm and so open, and they are excited about the Gospel and really appreciative of the American people,” he said. “There’s great need in Cuba. It’s a place where God is working, there’s no doubt about it.”

For more information, contact Rev. Eddie Braswell, pastor of Dawson UMC and Graves UMC, at (229) 344-7305 or popee1@webstream.net, or contact UMCOR-trained team leader Harold Powers, lay leader of Irwinton-Toomsboro UMC, at (404) 274-5188 or harold.powers@usg.edu.