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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.
Pray for hope and resilience for those being impacted by hurricanes Michael and Florence.
Pray for strength and endurance for those offering help in the midst of these disasters.
Pray for safety and courage for those who are emergency responders.
We are currently receiving financial contributions that will allow us to partner with some of the United Methodist Churches in the hardest hit areas, providing financial grants to be used to aid those most impacted by the hurricanes. This anchors our relief efforts with local churches that can provide ongoing pastoral care while addressing the physical needs of their neighbors in these affected communities.
You can contribute to this effort online – be sure to select "Disaster Response" as the Giving Type.
Safe Gatherings is the United Methodist Church's Great Plains Annual Conference training for the protection of minors and vulnerable adults. Safe Gatherings certification is required on all overnight trips. This online course takes very little time but the background check can take several weeks to process. Learn more about the Safe Gatherings process and begin your certification here.
Many of the immediate needs of emergency relief are being addressed by organizations like the United Methodist Committee on Relief, Heart to Heart International, Team Rubicon as well as others who are faithfully responding at this critical time. We as a church family need to begin to prepare ourselves for the long-term recovery efforts, which as we have recently experienced in Texas and with our ongoing efforts in Puerto Rico and in response to Hurricane Florence, take months or even years.
Have a conversation with your doctor about what immunizations you might need for a trip.
During the Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday seasons, we joyfully offer ourselves to serve in ways that help others in our community and around the world.
Questions? Email us.
For questions about JOY in Serving contact Chris Holliday at (913) 627-9653, or email using the form below.
God of justice & mercy, Creator of all nations, races, and cultures, Father to all people, Your love transcends all human made borders and crosses all boundaries.
We pray for wisdom and guidance for the world’s leaders that protect the rights and dignity of everyone, especially those most vulnerable.
We pray for discernment on how to end the violence and poverty that displaces so many people from their homes and homelands to find new dreams and horizons.
We pray for the children who cross the border looking for a better education because of the lack of opportunities in their own countries. For the victims of human trafficking forced to slave labor and prostitution while they pursue the American dream. For the multitude of refugees, forced from their homes to alien places through war or gang violence. For the migrant workers, who are forced to travel to other countries looking for better salaries because there are not fair jobs in their countries.
We pray for us, show us how we can make a difference. May we be gracious, loving and kind to all people, as we seek to shine your light and your love. Forgive us when we fail to act when you call us to act, when we are critical instead of helpful, when we condemn instead of build up. Help us to be the people you call us to be. In your holy and powerful name, amen.
For questions about Opportunities to Respond to Immigration Issues contact Carol Cartmill at (913) 544-0714, 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 Hondurans 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.
To learn more about what previous trips have participated in, visit our blog.
Individuals with constructions skills are encouraged to apply. Please note: Participants must be 18 years or older and Safe Gatherings certified to participate.
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.
Puerto Rico is often referred to as the “Island of Enchantment,” a direct result of the warm people, excellent cuisine, and picturesque scenery, including the most beautiful beaches. Paradise is what the local people call it, as they get to see and live into GOD’s creation and beauty every single day.
On September 20th, 2017, Hurricane Maria (a category 4 hurricane) pummeled the island of Puerto Rico. The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection mobilized quickly to help with immediate needs. After contacting the Bishop’s office of the Methodist Church in Puerto Rico to determine the best way forward, Church of the Resurrection sent $10,000 for emergency supplies, and partnered with Heart to Heart International in sending an additional $20,000 worth of food and supplies.
The Methodist Church of Puerto Rico also immediately responded to the call to action, developing a culture of lay and clergy Early Response teams, implementing a Brigade of Hope (food, solar lights and water hand delivered to homes) and partnering with other local denominations, non-government organizations (NGOs) and FEMA to help those in need.
In January, a small leadership team from Church of the Resurrection went to Puerto Rico to walk alongside the Bishop Hector Ortiz Vidal and his team and see first-hand the devastation left in the wake of this natural disaster. The team learned staggering statistics about the situation on the island, including:
• 250,000 homes damaged
• 100,000 completely destroyed
• 40 Methodist Churches damaged
• 10 Methodist Churches destroyed
• Several hundred thousand left the island for the mainland
Bishop Hector Ortiz Vidal recommended that Church of the Resurrection partner with a local church in Puerto Rico. We are happy to share that Samuel Culpeper Iglesia Metodista in Hatillo has been selected for this partnership.
There are 235 public schools across the island that are slated to permanently close the fall of 2018, including Joaquin Rodriguez, Samuel Culpeper's church partner school. The Methodist Church in Puerto Rico will be enhancing social programs to assist those families with children who are no longer able to attend school. The remaining funds collected from the Special Offering for Puerto Rico held last fall have been allocated to the reconstruction of the church roof, a priority from the bishop’s office, enabling them to provide help to all those in need.
Resurrection teams have already been deployed and have worked alongside our Puerto Rican brothers and sisters repairing the church roof, repairing local homes, and assisting with painting and clean up. Returned team members have shared that the experience has made a dramatic impact on their lives, and the hospitality is unmatched and inspiring.
Consider joining a team today, your life will never be the same. It is said that one’s treasures are most valuable when they are those of the Kingdom of GOD. Where does your treasure lay?
Who can go?
Just about anyone! Individuals, couples, families, retired persons, members of Church of the Resurrection and non-members alike. The minimum age is 18, and all trip participants must complete the Safe Gatherings online course. Team members under the age of 21 must have their parents/guardian complete a notarized Parental Consent Form.
What skills do I need?
The most important skills are a desire to serve God while working side-by-side with Puerto Ricans; to be a team player; and to be flexible for whatever comes our way. You don’t have to know Spanish (you will certainly learn a few new words and 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 be working on light construction alongside our partners from the Samuel Culpeper Methodist Church.
What does the cost cover?
The cost per person includes housing, meals, in-country transportation, insurance, gasoline, construction costs, local labor, cultural day activity and food, donation to the local trip administration. Airfare will be booked after the trip has closed and will be added to your total trip cost.
What’s not included?
Personal expenses, souvenirs, extended travel past the official trip conclusion.
Are there any discounts?
Yes! There are two ways to receive a $100 discount (they cannot be combined!): apply before the Early Application deadline; OR be a repeat Global Impact Ministries Resurrection serve trip participant.
How do I get to San Juan, Puerto Rico?
Global Impact Ministries will reserve airline tickets so that the team travels together. Your airfare is tax-deductible and will be added to your total trip cost in our online team portal, Managed Missions.
Where do we stay?
Team members stay at the Arecibo Methodist Campsite. Approximately 1.15 hours west of San Juan, where the team will be spending the week. The campsite has 4 bunk rooms with 9 bunkbeds each (separated by gender), private indoor bathroom facility, a large indoor dining pavilion, Chapel, Garden of Gethsemene, and much more.
Will we get to see the beach?
If all goes as planned, yes! Both Hatillo and Aresibo are located on the Northwest side of the island minutes from the Atlantic Ocean. On our last day (Saturday), and on our return to the San Juan area, we will travel to El Morro and Old San Juan, a beautiful destination rich in history, beautiful landscape, restaurants and much more. Afterwards we will head to the airport to head home.
Is Puerto Rico safe?
Puerto Rico is safe, as with any tourist destination, there are cases of petty crime and driving can be a challenge. Generally, outside the capital of San Juan, the country resembles a clean, tropical, laid-back place.
I have some questions that aren’t listed here.
Please feel free to send an email to Don Dunning at firstname.lastname@example.org. Don is our context leader that oversees our partnership with Puerto Rico.
For questions about Puerto Rico contact Elisa Velez-Makar at (913) 544-0788, or email using the form below.
Resurrection has been partnering with the Methodist Church of Southern Africa (MCSA) since 1998 with a strong focus on children and families – specifically through education and training. Educational efforts include support for the Ditshego House of Laughter in the community of Mooiplaas. Serve trip team members work with the students, teachers and other staff to deliver requested lesson plans and participate in light renovation projects at the school. Resurrection also works with West View and Elim Methodist Churches in Centurion, South Africa where worship and the ministry of presence come together. To learn more specific trip information, click on one of the links below for one of our upcoming trips. For more about the experience of serving on a team, visit our blog.
About Ditshego House of Laughter
Ditshego House of Laughter is a non-profit organization providing multiple services for approximately 350 vulnerable children in the informal settlement of Mooiplaas. More than 16,000 people make their home in Mooiplaas at the base of a landfill in the area between Johannesburg and Pretoria (now Tshwane). Among Ditshego’s services are a pre-school, an Open School for older children, a House of Safety for foster children, and after-school services. Without Ditshego these children would not have a chance for an education because many are undocumented or immigrants.
About South Africa
South Africa is the southernmost country on the African continent. It covers an area of approximately 472,000 square miles or slightly less than twice the size of Texas. Although it is a developed and modern country with roughly 57 million people and 11 official languages, South Africa struggles with high unemployment, HIV/AIDS, slow economic growth, crime, and corruption. Even in the post-1994 era following the end of apartheid (racial separation), social and economic inequality remains a significant challenge and South Africa is one of the most economically unequal countries in the world. Despite this, South Africa is making progress toward broader prosperity and a peaceful democracy.
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.
About the Malawi United Methodist Church
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.
Our Partnership with ZOE
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.
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.
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 email@example.com. 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.
The big event day is October 13! We plan to work on 20 homes across the KC metro area. Lunch is provided.
Resurrection partners with Christmas In October, a local nonprofit organization that, since 1983, has focused on rehabilitating the houses of lower-income homeowners in the Kansas City area at no cost to the homeowners.
Anyone 14 and older can participate. Through our relationship with Christmas in October, Resurrection has become a major force in helping elderly, disabled and veteran homeowners remain in their homes, this is accomplished with your help. Some of what will happen on October 13, 2018, is winterization, painting, yard cleaned up, and minor repairs.