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children in a day? The 2018- 2019 Advent missions focus supports Haiti Meal Packing at KUMC January 12th.

ONE Harvest at a Time

Jesus traveled through all the towns and villages of that area, teaching in the synagogues and announcing the Good News about the Kingdom. And he healed every kind of disease and illness. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them because they were confused and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. He said to his disciples, “The harvest is great, but the workers are few. So pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest; ask him to send more workers into his fields.” Matthew 9:35-38 NLT When Karen Forbes, Rev. Chris Harrison, myself, and four friends from North Carolina arrived in Haiti, I couldn’t imagine that any ONE person would have any impact on the desperate situation I saw in front of me. I felt compassion for the people; their need was far greater than anything I had ever seen. We were there to learn how Mission of Hope feeds children and to distribute water coolers to churches in the village of Source Matelas, but housing, food, transportation, and basic day-to-day living appeared to be hopelessly difficult. As our journey progressed from tours to hands-on work, I began to see Haiti through the eyes of THE ONE who sent us there. It was then that I understood the power of ONE. ONE person cannot change the world except through the power of THE ONE who calls each of us to become part of ONE BODY and go to work in the harvest field. Mission of Hope Haiti answers this call and is committed to building community ONE person and ONE project at a time. ONE foundational way Mission of Hope builds the community of Christ is through nutrition. Our team participated in the farm-to-table mission that is feeding Haiti’s children ONE meal at a time. We witnessed the power of ONE person, ONE group, ONE CHURCH. In the pages that follow, I’ve shared my Haiti experience with you. January 12, 2018, our KUMC community will become part of this larger mission. In cooperation with Numana, a hunger relief organization, we will package over 150,000 meals for Mission of Hope Haiti. I pray that you will join the team and go into the harvest field by signing up to package meals for Haiti. I pray that in the pages of this booklet you find ONE way to serve, ONE way to give, and that you realize the power of THE ONE living inside you that enables you to transform the world. Emily Priesmeyer 2

Farming is difficult in Haiti, but where ONE person sees rugged ground and boulders, the Lord sees a field lush with food. We visited the mountain village of Turpin to see how Mission of Hope and local pastors support agriculture through seed sharing and education for farmers. Rocky, winding trails led us to fields where hope grows in the form of black beans, corn, and cacao. The prayer is that ONE day Haitian farmers will produce enough food to nourish their country. In the photo above, a local pastor surveys a corn field his church helps support. Black beans, fresh from the field, will make their way to an empty plate at a school or orphanage (upper inset photo). Locally grown rice is packaged for delivery to an orphanage (lower inset photo). 3

ONE Meal at a Time For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’ Matthew 25:35-36 NIV Following our visit to the farms in Turpin, the team returned to the Mission of Hope warehouse to find bins of Haitian grown rice and black beans ready to be packaged. Our experience packing meals at KUMC came in handy and our team packaged 200 meals. The familiarity of the meal packing rhythm set in as we sealed bag after bag of rice and beans. At one point, a bag broke open and beans spilled out over the table. Bronsley, one of our translators, laughed as I frantically tried to pick up every bean and return it to the bin. Knowing the effort that went into growing ONE field of beans made packaging every single bean a sacred assignment.


Food grown in Haiti and meals packed at food packing events like the annual KUMC event are shipped to the 35,000 square foot warehouse at Mission of Hope. Mission of Hope and their partner, Convoy of Hope, built the warehouse to serve as the point of distribution for food, clothing, shoes, diapers, vitamins, and other items through local churches, schools, and orphanages. The large background photo shows pallets of boxed meals ready for distribution. In the photo at left, Karen Forbes, Rev. Chris Harrison and Guy Ogino of North Carolina package rice and beans to be delivered to an orphanage the next day. One hundred meals wait to be served to hungry children in the photo above.


ONE Child at a Time And he took the children in his arms, placed his hands on them and blessed them. Mark 10:16 NIV The next morning, we loaded up the 200 meals we packaged on Monday and headed to an orphanage that had recently registered to receive packaged meals. The truck pulled up to the gate and children waved and welcomed us with a song. ONE little boy caught my eye and I asked Bronsley to translate for me so I could talk to him. He looked like he was about 8 years old. His blue jeans were cinched up like a paper bag around his tiny waist and he smiled shyly as I asked him his name and age. Samuel is twelve and his favorite subject is French. I handed him my phone and let him take pictures and video. Samuel is also popular with the ladies, as you can see in the photo at right. Suddenly there was ONE face, ONE name, ONE soul in Haiti who receives our packaged meals. I pray for Samuel every day. I pray that he knows Jesus loves him and sees him. I pray that ONE meal a day will help make him ONE of many strong future leaders in Haiti.


At lunch time, we visited a school where the children had been receiving meals from Mission of Hope regularly. They were eating lunch, smiling and laughing (photo above) just like the kids we met at the orphanage, but there was a lightness in their laughter and a playfulness in their chatter that I did not notice at the orphanage. Maybe it was the difference ONE meal a day makes. Maybe it was the difference a family makes in a child’s life. Maybe it was both. At the end of the day, I was heart-worn, but I saw, through a new lens, the power of ONE in the world and how that power can begin in Kingwood, Texas and impact a child in Haiti. 7

The Power of ONE “I do not ask for these only, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me.” John 17:20-21ESV Haiti taught me that ONE person may not be able to change the world on their own, but ONE person can change the world when they join with others. Each ONE of us has received God’s invitation to serve the Kingdom in ways we never imagined. It’s up to us to accept His invitation and become His harvest field workers. Why not make 2019 your harvest field year? Join me in praying for God to send us out into the field. Whether we serve right here in Kingwood, or other parts of the world, let us humble ourselves and serve as ONE. In His Service, Emily Priesmeyer


Turn This Page and Change the World! Each ONE of us has an opportunity to change the world on January 12th right here in the KUMC Commons. Turn the page and find out how to sign up for the annual Haiti meal packing event. In the pages that follow, you will find the names of missionaries around the world, and the names of local, state, national, and international organizations KUMC supports with our gifts and service. Consider giving a life-changing gift this Christmas. 9

One Event at a Time

The Power of ONE 4th Annual Haiti Meal-Packing Event January 12, 2019 KUMC Commons

3 Simple Steps, ONE Amazing Day Step ONE: Purchase a box for $65 (one box contains 216 meals) Families, Sunday School classes, More to Life Groups, or individuals may purchase boxes in the Commons every Sunday from December 2nd-30th Donations of all sizes accepted. Step Two: Sign up for a meal packing shift: A.M.- 8:00-9:30 10:00-12:00 P.M. - 1:00-3:00 Sign-up Online: Step Three: Pack Meals January 12th! Show up as ONE, or as ONE team! 10

2015 ONE

2015 marked the first year in our new building and KUMC teamed up with a hunger relief organization to pack meals for Mission of Hope Haiti. Through a partnership with Food Aid, approximately 50,000 meals were packaged by 350 meal packers in ONE day and sent to Mission of Hope Haiti. This event was the beginning of a friendship between Mission of Hope and KUMC that continues today.


2016 ONE

In 2016, KUMC began a partnership with Numana to package meals for Mission of Hope. KUMC teams packaged 100,000 meals. ONE event helped Mission of Hope feed 91,000 children.


2017 ONE

Families and groups gathered again in the Commons in 2017 to package meals in partnership with Numana. 134,000 meals were packaged and shipped to Haiti. KUMC’s partnership with Numana is growing strong.


International Missions Stove Builders of Guatemala

US volunteer teams assist local Guatemalan stove builders through construction of concrete stoves providing a healthier and safer cooking alternative to windowless kitchens without ventilation. For more information: Gladden Lawrence, Missions KUMC

Living Water International (LWI)

LWI exists to demonstrate the love of God by helping communities acquire desperately needed clean water and experience the ‘living water’ of the Gospel of Jesus Christ For more information:

Mission of Hope Haiti (MOH)

As an organization following Jesus Christ, Mission of Hope Haiti seeks to bring life transformation to every man, woman, and child in Haiti. For more information:


International Missionaries Lowell & Claudia Wertz

(Joy in the Harvest, Kigoma, Tanzania) Supporting the community with ministries such as a computer school, refugee camp, crisis relief, Friday People, and a feeding program for orphans. KUMC members Hal and Sue Hoege assist. Contact: In the US, Melinda Bendle

Wes & Elaine Auldridge (Cadence International/Germany)

Sharing the gospel and their lives with the US military community stationed in Germany. Contact: John Wesley Auldridge content/germany

Ashley Ward-Valosek

(Young Life, Czech Republic) Ashley is sharing the Gospel with the youth of the Czech Republic by showing them the love of Christ and mentoring teens. Contact: Ashley Ward-Valosek

Marlon & Jessica Obando

(Costa Rica) Serving the Turrialba region of eastern Costa Rica, Marlon and Jessica are reaching the lost by providing revival and encouragement through a network of ‘house churches’ in the region. Contact: Marlon & Jessica Obando

Disciple-makers in undisclosed locations

KUMC supports missionary families located in some of the most dangerous parts of the world. Support will be equally divided for these families. Contact: Chris Harrison Kingwood United Methodist Church


Local Missions Family Time Crisis & Counseling

Provides outreach programs and accessible services for families and individuals through counseling, crisis intervention, information and referral and shelter since 1977. Contact: Judy Cox

Mission Northeast

Mission Northeast is a faith-based 501(c) 3 that provides free programs and services to families and individuals living in poverty. Services include food, clothing, and housewares; adult education job training and more. Contact: Pam Dickson-Singletary Director Mission Northeast

Society of St. Stephen

A community outreach facility serving persons living in the Humble, New Caney, and Splendora school districts. This organization provides hope to 500+ individuals by assisting with food, school supplies, clothing, utility support, and prescriptions. Contact: Patti Carter Director of Society of St. Stephen

Village Learning Center

Serves over 185 families of developmentally disabled children and adults by providing transportation, day care, after-school care, an assisted living facility, job placement and independent living apartment homes. Contact: Erica Badamo The Village Learning Center

UMCOR Sager-Brown

The United-Methodist Committee on Relief assists churches to become involved globally for persons in need through relief, disaster response, and disaster risk reduction. Contact: Gladden Lawrence


Additional Mission Areas Heifer International

Provides families with cows, chickens, rabbits, sheep, and fish plus training to more than 4 million impoverished families to help them become more self-reliant. Contact: Maria Franco Tapia Heifer International

Methodist Children’s Home

Waco, Texas Provides a loving, safe environment for more than 700 at-risk youth in Texas and New Mexico to grow physically and spiritually. Contact: Allison Crawford Methodist Children’s Home  

Methodist Retirement Communities

A community serving the needs of low-income seniors with differing health care needs including Alzheimer’s. For more information:


Index of Ministries Bordersville Community Center Three H Community Service Center Attn: A.W. Jones 19301 Hightower Lane Bordersville, TX 77338 Bless the Children Ministries Attn: Marsha Baker

Joy in the Harvest USA-Melinda Bendle PO Box 496 Lansing, IL 60438 Memo: Joy in the Harvest Living Water International 4001 Greenbriar Ste 200 Stafford, TX 77477

Cadence International Attn: John Wesley Auldridge Ringstrasse 3 55776 Frauenberg, Germany Cell: 49 171 3134810

MAP Costa Rica PO Box 6082 Humble, TX 77325-6082 Attn: Marlon & Jessica Obando Memo: MAP Costa Rica

Disciple-makers Undisclosed locations Attn: Chris Harrison Kingwood United Methodist Church

Methodist Children’s Home 1111 Herring Avenue Waco, TX 76708 Attn: Allison Crawford

Family Tme Crisis and Counseling Center Attn: Judy Cox PO Box 893 Humble, TX 77347

Methodist Retirement Communities 1440 Lake Front Circle, Suite 110 The Woodlands, TX 77380-3607

Feed My Lambs Kingwood United Methodist Church 1799 Woodland Hills Drive Kingwood, TX 77339 Memo: Feed My Lambs Heifer International Attn: Maria Franco Tapia 1 World Avenue Little Rock, AR 72202 Helping Hands Attn: Marc Flach Kingwood United Methodist Church 1799 Woodland Hills Dr Kingwood, TX 77339 Memo: Helping Hands

Mission of Hope Haiti (MOH) PO Box 60004 Fort Myers, FL 33906 239-791-8125 Mission Northeast 22098 Loop 494 New Caney, TX 77357 Attn: Pam Dixon-Singletary Memo: MNE Oaks of Righteousness P.O. Box 1731 Humble, TX 77347 832-444-0739 18

Prison Ministry Kingwood United Methodist Church 1799 Woodland Hills Drive Kingwood, TX 77339 Memo: Prison Ministry Society of St. Stephen Kingwood United Methodist Church 1799 Woodland Hills Drive Kingwood, Texas 77339 Attn: Patti Carter Memo: S.O.S.S. Stove Builders of Guatemala Kingwood United Methodist Church 1799 Woodland Hills Dr. Kingwood, TX 77339 Attn: Gladden Lawrence Memo: Stove Builders The Village 3819 Plum Valley Kingwood, Texas 77339 Attn: Kelly Paull 281-358-6172 UM ARMY—KUMC Kingwood United Methodist Church 1799 Woodland Hills Drive Kingwood, Texas 77339 Attn: Clint Wyllie Memo: U.M. Army-KUMC


1799 Woodland Hills Drive Kingwood, Texas 77339

2018-2019 Advent Catalog  

The KUMC annual catalog of giving connects the congregation to the missions we serve and creates avenues for service and giving.

2018-2019 Advent Catalog  

The KUMC annual catalog of giving connects the congregation to the missions we serve and creates avenues for service and giving.