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October 29, 2014, 2:00 PM

CTC UMW McCurdy Mission Trip


Saturday, Oct 18, 11 missioners from Central Texas Conference returned from a full weeks mission trip to McCurdy Ministries, a United Methodist National Mission Institution, in Espanola NM. Their mission is “to share the love of God through education and mission.” A school began in the Espanola Valley in 1912 by a United Brethren deaconess. The first missionaries were teachers, nurses and preachers. Over the last 100 years they have established the first medical clinic, the first nursing program, the first and only hospital now in Espanola, the first recreation program and the first fire department, while educating thousands of children in the Espanola Valley.

 

In August of 2012 the McCurdy School became the McCurdy Charter School relating directly to the New Mexico Public Education Department serving over 534 children in Kindergarten through 12th grade. McCurdy Ministries continue the United Methodist mission work through the Preschool, Project Carino (a mental health ministry), before and after school care, Camp Stars (a summer camp that combines the best of VBS and education), breakfast and lunch service and Volunteers in Mission.

 

We enjoyed a week of cool fall weather and Christian fellowship along with thought-provoking devotions. We were also privileged to assist with:

cleaning the grounds          trimming bushes                 pulling weeds

fence repair                           mowing the football field   moving shelves

moving gift items                  teaching music                     doing laundry

making posters                     data entry                              hauling brush

after-school care                   washing lunch trays           serving lunch & breakfast

trimming hundreds of box tops for education and Campbell’s labels

wrapping air conditioners and water coolers for winter  weed-eating

assisting in the Pre-Kindergarten                                     sweeping

shredding paper for the Pre-school                                  picking up trash.

 

We also had two afternoons free to explore cliff dwellings, scenic views, Santa Fe and local Mexican restaurants. In each restaurant we met people who had been educated at McCurdy. You can see photos of the McCurdy trip at ctcumw.org. We returned with full hearts, new friends in Christ and a great appreciation of the mission work of the United Methodist Way as we put our faith, hope and love in action.

 

Enjoy the family celebrations of fall. Remember to attend the UMW District Leadership Development Events in your district and begin planning for a wonderful, creative and exciting 2015 in mission and United Methodist Women.

 

Stay safe and Live in Christ.

Linda Hutchings

CTC UMW President


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