Hungry in Haiti


Kingwood UMC consecrates its new Commons facility by packaging meals for Missions for Hope Haiti.
What better way to consecrate a new gathering space (built to help connect the church to the community) than to conduct a church-wide mission project? Blessings and joy abounded as 250 members of Kingwood UMC (KUMC) came together on Saturday, August 29th to serve together in the name of Jesus. Cathy Parva, KUMC Missions Director invited the entire congregation to stop by and help package meals of vitamin enriched rice, dehydrated vegetables and soy to help mission partner “Mission of Hope Haiti” with the ongoing food shortage. “I was happy to see so many of our young families take on a 2-hour shift working alongside their kids,” says Cathy.
Stark fact: Mission of Hope feeds 91,000 children per day, and estimated at the beginning of the year that they would be 6 million meals short, Cathy explains. “Their goal is really to feed 100,000 kids a day because so many are on the waiting list,” adds Cathy.

With each meal costing about a quarter to package and ship, KUMC initially committed to funding and packing 40,000 meals.  “However, through a generous congregation and daily donations during VBS, KUMC was able to raise enough money to afford 55,000 meals to be shipped to Haiti,” she adds.   The final number packaged during the event exceeded that goal by almost 2,000; the church shipped  56,808 meals.  
KUMC, along with FUMC Houston and FUMC Conroe, is part of the Church Advancement initiative through Mission of Hope Haiti. Cathy explains that, “Church advancement is the Church of North America partnering with Mission of Hope, Haiti to serve the Church in Haiti. Church partners work hand-in-hand with the local Haitian pastors and Mission of Hope’s Village Champions in various ways, including short-term trips, child sponsorship, and village projects. Through this progress, the goal is to see the church in Haiti strengthened, villages changed, the Gospel proclaimed and lives transformed.”
Through this essential project, the Kingwood UMC congregation has furthered one of the Texas Conference goals by “Investing in the Young”  -- both at home and abroad.