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For questions about Connections Ministry contact Yolanda Byers at (913) 627-9663, or email using the form below.
Welcome a first-time visitor by delivering a Resurrection mug to their home. Maps and mugs are already prepared for you, organized by zip code and available to pick-up before you leave worship service.
For questions about Mug a Visitor contact Yolanda Byers at (913) 627-9663, or email using the form below.
Disaster Response Serve Trips to Puerto Rico
Individuals with constructions skills are encouraged to apply. Please note: Participants must be 18 years or older and Safe Gatherings certified to participate.
Trip cost is $850 + airfare. A nonrefundable deposit of $300 is required after your application is accepted.
All funds received are considered a charitable contribution. As such, once they are received by The Church of the Resurrection, there are NO REFUNDS. If, for some reason, the trip is cancelled or you can no longer go, Resurrection will credit the funds toward a future serve trip (for you or for an immediate family member) within 12 months of the original trip; OR use the funds for ministry work with our Methodist partners in Puerto Rico.
If you have questions about the deductibility of trip-related expenses, please contact your tax professional.
About Our Puerto Rico Disaster Response
On September 20th, 2017, Hurricane Maria (a category 4 hurricane) pummeled the island of Puerto Rico after wreaking havoc through the Leeward Islands. Several months later, much of the island is still without power and access to clean water with the remote mountainous regions still unreachable. Maria is the strongest hurricane to hit Puerto Rico in over 80 years with an estimated damage of $45-$95 billion in damages to the power grid and other infrastructure. Since the entire island was affected, it will be years before the people of Puerto Rico can return to normalcy.
Resurrection has been partnering with the Methodist Church in Puerto Rico by:
For questions about Puerto Rico contact Elisa Velez-Makar at (913) 544-0788, or email using the form below.
Explore the many opportunities available for partnering with Hondurans to transform their communities. Each trip has a purpose, some of which are listed below:
Honduras, located in Central America between Guatemala and Nicaragua, is a country of mountains, forests and farms. There are more than 7 million people living in this country, which is about the size of Louisiana. Most Honduras speak Spanish, although the Amerindian/mestizo population may speak other Spanish dialects. English is widely spoken in the north. Resurrection teams usually fly into the capital city of Tegucigalpa, and some take a day to visit the Maya ruins at Copán, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Honduras is one of the poorest regions in Central America; its economy is primarily agricultural and the annual per capital income is about $2,500 USD.
Resurrection partners with the Methodist Church in Honduras, working mostly with the Methodist Church in El Obraje and the Cristo Resucitado Methodist Church in Ciudad España.
Through our partnership with the Methodist Church of Honduras, we sell Honduran coffee at The Spring, our coffee shop at Resurrection Leawood. Purchasing this coffee helps transform Honduran communities by:
The coffee, which is Rainforest Alliance Certified, is produced with sustainable agricultural practices to help conserve natural resources, ecosystems and wildlife, preserve worker's rights and benefits, and create a positive impact on the local community.
Coffee grown in the shade of the forest canopy protects the plants from rain and sun, helps maintain the soil quality and reduces need for insect control because a greater number of natural wildlife live in the habitat.
Due to increasing demand for coffee, many traditional farms have converted to sun growth plantations where the tropical forest is cut down, producing a higher yield for the short-term, but also greater soil erosion and pesticide use.
For just $37.50/month ($450/year) you can provide a child with a private faith-based school education at the Juan Wesley School in Ciudad España. This amount will provide tuition, books and materials and a school uniform for your sponsored child. Your child will be able to write to you each year to tell you about their progress, and they will be monitored to assure that they achieve the school's academic goals.
Child sponsors who join a short-term serve team to Honduras have opportunities to meet the child they sponsor, interact with other Juan Wesley students and support the school. Learn more or sponsor a child by downloading and filling out this form.
To learn about other ways Resurrection is partnering with Hondurans, visit our blog.
For questions about Honduras contact Sheree Reece at (913) 232-4127, or email using the form below.
The Church of the Resurrection has been in relationship with local, African church leaders for more than 10 years. We began sending serve teams to Africa in 1998, through two partnerships associated with the Methodist Church of Southern Africa. To learn more about how Resurrection is supporting South Africa, visit our blog.
The Methodist Church of Southern Africa envisions a Christ-healed Africa. Methodist Churches in the country of South Africa are clustered into circuits, and The Church of the Resurrection partners with the Clerpine Circuit to build churches for and with impoverished congregations within that circuit. The Clerpine Circuit consists of 23 congregations served by 11 pastors. In partnership with local South African church communities, Resurrection has assisted in the construction of five church buildings, including Thornwood, Mariannridge, Emmaus, Nazareth and Samungu. We are currently in the process of partnering with two additional church communities, KwaDabeka and Ekuphileni, as they construct their church buildings. These churches are all a part of the Nehemiah Project, which is supported by the Clerpine Circuit. Each one of these church buildings is used to uplift the community. Thornwood has a drop-in center for child-headed households; Mariannridge and Emmaus have preschools. Resurrection also partners with the Clerpine Circuit to support children, youth and adult programs, including vacation Bible camps, youth leadership training and adult education conferences and events.
South Africa, at the southernmost tip of the African continent, has a diverse population and a democratic government; it is still recovering from years of lost education and economic opportunity from the decades of race-based apartheid. Despite thriving mining and high-tech industries, South Africa still struggles with high unemployment as well as the health care burden of the AIDS epidemic.
There are a mix of languages and religions in South Africa, but Christianity is the main religion in most of sub-Saharan Africa. There are actually three capitals in South Africa - Bloemfontein, Cape Town, and Pretoria - but Resurrection teams most often travel in and out of the country's largest city, Johannesburg. Teams usually serve in Mooiplaas, in the Gauteng Province southwest of Pretoria; teams may help students and staff at the Ditshego preschool, help teachers learn basic computer skills, or teach basic preventive health care.
For questions about South Africa contact Elisa Velez-Makar at (913) 544-0788, or email using the form below.
The Church of the Resurrection is working to empower Malawians to give them a fighting chance for a future with HOPE. How are we making this happen? Through the Methodist Church, we partner to provide opportunities for abundant life, address basic needs, develop self-sustaining economic empowerment, offer health education and medical rehabilitation. Resurrection also works with our partners to support opportunities for spiritual formation and pastoral leadership, early childhood education, and life skills training. To learn more, visit our blog.
On January 1, 2009, the Malawi United Methodist Church celebrated their status as the new Missionary Conference of the United Methodist Church. Their status reflects the dedication, sacrifices and prayers of Malawian pastors and laity who have planted and nurtured this young church over the past two decades. They grew from a handful of churches to a thriving conference of 22 circuits and more than 140 churches, based on the passion and commitment of John Wesley to preach the Good News. They work to serve those in the most rural villages, hoping to set Malawi on fire for Christ.
Rev. Daniel Mhone, the Church's District Superintendent, supervises 24 pastors appointed in largely rural circuits where 85 percent of the church members survive day-to-day as subsistence farmers.The 22 circuits of the Malawi UMC are each served by one pastor who is responsible for 3 to 20 local churches within a 150-300 square mile region. The pastors work tirelessly as advocates for vital infrastructure in the communities where they serve, such as borehole wells that can provide clean drinking water for families as well as water for washing and irrigation for gardens.
The Church of the Resurrection partners with ZOE, a three-year program developed in Africa that empowers orphans and vulnerable children around the world to overcome extreme poverty, become fully self-reliant, and learn of God’s love for them. ZOE is currently active in Kenya, Rwanda, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Liberia, Guatemala and India.
ZOE’s indigenous program facilitators ensure children know about their rights, are free from abuse and exploitation, and can find a safe place to live. Children learn skills such as farming and animal husbandry at monthly meetings. ZOE then provides tools, seeds and farm animals to the children so they can grow and raise their own food.
Learn more at http://www.zoehelps.org.
Malawi is a landlocked country of 10.5 million people, most of whom live in rural areas east of Zambia, west of Mozambique and south of Tanzania. Like Zimbabwe, it was colonized by English-speaking Europeans in the 1800s. Malawi gained its independence from Great Britain in 1964, and became a democratic republic in 1994. Lilongwe is its capital city. The annual per capita income is $800. Some 80 percent of the population is Christian, 55 percent of whom are Protestant.
For questions about Malawi contact Elisa Velez-Makar at (913) 544-0788, or email using the form below.
Schools Furnishing HOPE! is entering its 6th year in partnership with the Blue Valley School District. During our first 5 years, the My Father's House Schools Furnishing HOPE! team distributed over 23,634 pieces of school furniture to 49 educational programs and agencies in the Kansas City area.
These efforts were made possible by over 900 volunteers and 9,000 volunteer hours! Register now and be part of the team furnishing hope!
Event dates: June 11-project completion or June 22, 2018 whichever comes first.
Shifts: There are two shifts daily for each position.
Lunch is provided for volunteers who register for a morning and afternoon shift on the same day.
Volunteers may select from the following positions for each of his/her desired shifts:
To ensure proper supervision and safety for all participants, the following policy applies to all volunteers under 18.
Youth 16 and 17 may participate unaccompanied at the Schools Furnishing HOPE! event if they have a liability waiver signed by the parent/guardian of the youth. Waivers may not be signed by any other person. Click here for a copy of the waiver.
For safety reasons, no on under the age of 12 may participate in this event or be at the event site.
If you’ve always wanted to see Costa Rica (or return), now’s your chance … but for a cause much greater than snorkeling, hiking and site-seeing.
Church of the Resurrection is partnering with a United Methodist Volunteer in Mission site and local UM churches in beautiful Costa Rica. Our team, consisting of an inter-generational group of families, couples and individuals, will work with local churches, in a local childcare center, in community outreach and in light construction work. Won’t you prayerfully consider joining this family-friendly trip to San Isidro de El General, Costa Rica?
We are especially seeking individuals who are interested in leading a future team to Costa Rica.
2018 Serve Trips:
2019 Serve Trips:
Who can go?
Just about anyone! Individuals. Couples. Families. Members of Church of the Resurrection and non-members alike. The minimum age is eight, and must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. All participants 16 and older by trip date must complete the Safe Gatherings online course.
What skills do I need?
The most important skills are a desire to serve God while working side-by-side with Costa Ricans; to be a team player; and to be flexible for whatever comes our way. You don’t have to know Spanish (but we’ll work on key phrases) or construction: you just need a big heart and willingness to serve.
What projects will we work on?
We strive to work on projects that are deemed of most importance to our local partners, but most likely we will partner with a small Methodist church to host a vacation bible school, help local congregants in community outreach and a community dinner, and work with children in a daycare center.
What does the cost cover?
The cost per person includes housing, meals, in-country transportation, insurance, construction costs, local labor, VBS materials, a donation to the local site/church, trip administration, etc.
What’s not included?
Airfare, personal expenses, souvenirs, culture day activities and food, extended travel past the official trip conclusion.
Are there any discounts?
Yes! Sign up BEFORE the early application deadline and receive $100 off your trip. If you are a repeat Resurrection mission participant, you qualify for another $100 off.
How do I get to San Jose, Costa Rica?
Participants must purchase air tickets on your own at least FOUR MONTHS before the official start of the mission trip. You can use frequent flyer miles or air carrier of your choice, but official air itineraries must be submitted to the trip leader by the four-month date to remain active on the trip. This allows participants the flexibility to remain in country AFTER the close of the official trip, to use frequent flyer miles, enjoy your airline status, choose the flight that works best for you, etc. For assistance and tips, contact your trip leader.
Where do we stay?
Team members fly into San Jose, Costa Rica the Friday before the trip begins and spend the first night (included) at a colonial hotel in historic downtown Alajuela, Costa Rica, just minutes from the airport. On Saturday, we travel by tourist bus 3.5 hours south to San Isidro de El General, where we will be spending the week. We will stay on a small, former coffee plantation that has bunk houses (separated by gender), running water, indoor plumbing, hot showers, a large outdoor dining pavilion, daycare center, tropical trees, and much more.
Will we get to see the beach?
If all goes as planned, yes! San Isidro is high in the mountains but only 30 minutes from the Pacific Ocean. On our last day (Friday), and on our return to San Jose airport area, we will travel to Manuel Antonio National Park, a beautiful destination with tropical landscapes, rain forest, beautiful beaches, wildlife, restaurants, ziplining, horseback riding and much more. After a day of excursions, we will board our tourist buses for a beautiful ride along the Pacific back to San Jose.
Is Costa Rica safe?
Costa Rica is one of the safest countries in the world, does not have a standing army and has one of the world’s highest literacy rates. As with any tourist destination, there are cases of petty crime and driving can be a challenge. Plus, travelers are warned about riptides and strong ocean currents. Generally, outside the capital of San Jose (which we won’t be venturing into), the country resembles a clean, tropical, laid-back place. For more, go to the State Department’s site at https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/international-travel/International-Travel-Country-Information-Pages/CostaRica.html.
I have some questions that aren’t listed here.
Then, please ask away. Just email our context leaders, Rick Mann and Lisen Tammeus Mann, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Rick and Lisen Mann (and Olivia, 15; and Jacob, 13) are leading the Costa Rica team in July 2018 and have been consistently traveling to and serving in Central America for the past 20 years. We’ve been blessed to also have worked with Resurrection teams in the Navajo Nation, Joplin, Omaha, and Jamaica.
For questions about Costa Rica contact Sheree Reece at (913) 232-4127, or email using the form below.