Missions Expo Unites People Driven by Service to the Community

Date Posted: 2/14/2013

David Armiger, the lead organizer of the League City United Methodist Church’s Missions Expo, has been a member of the church since 1981.

 

Missions are possible and are something that David Armiger has chosen to accept.

No, he is not the leader of a covert agency of special agents looking to unseat notorious enemies of the state. Quite the opposite; he is a leader of the League City United Methodist’s Missions Expo, an awareness event designed to reach out and bring charitable resources to the community. The Feb. 10 event at the church will showcase approximately 15 organizations that perform charitable work in the League City and Clear Lake communities.

 

“I’ve been on the Missions’ Committee 10-plus years and this is the fourth time I’ve been in charge of the Expo,” said Armiger, 69, who has been a faithful member since 1981 with his wife, Anne. “The purpose is to create awareness and allow people in the community who have a desire to get involved and serve learn about organizations from its people. And if you want, you can sign up to be a part of their team.” Anne strongly supports David and his mission work. She participates frequently and has chosen to go with him to the Red Bird Mission and to work in Costa Rica.

 

But are people really motivated to volunteer and serve?

 

“I have found that when people become aware of a need, they want to know how they can help,” Armiger said. A 2010 study by the Minnesota Association for Volunteer Administration supports what Armiger claims. It conducted a follow-up study to its 2009 report on the status of volunteerism and volunteer programs during challenging economic times. Approximately 350 leaders of volunteers and non-profit managers across the state responded to a survey and it found that reliance on volunteers has increased for the majority of organizations. 54 percent reported an increased reliance on volunteers compared to 2008 and 50 percent reporting an increase in volunteer hours of service.


Volunteers have a real impact in tough times with 30 percent reporting they were utilized to help preserve organizational services. About 66 percent of the organizations experienced increased inquiries about volunteering, which indicated unemployed people primarily drove the rise.

“LCUMC is probably the foremost church in this community for mission outreach,” Armiger said. “I believe the food truck (which delivers free food twice a month) has fulfilled the biggest need. Though I think LCUMC already does a good job (reaching out to community), there might be an opportunity for some sort of mission work that could be done with kids after school.”


The Minnesota survey also showed that volunteerism practices in organizations are being updated to meet the needs of a new volunteer corps. 58 percent of organizations are involving volunteers in new roles and positions, 48 percent are increasing flexibility of when volunteers can volunteer, 42 percent are asking volunteers to use their professional or workplace skills, and 35 percent are integrating involved volunteers into leadership positions or managing projects.

 

 “Personally, I have a willingness in wanting to serve other people beyond the church,” said Armiger. “I get out of it much more than I put in. The Missions Expo is a great way for people who are thinking of serving to find out how they can.”  The Expo will have representatives from organizations such as Caring Ministries, Partners in Mission Store, Lighthouse Christian Ministries, Bay Area Turning Point, Habitat for Humanity, Red Bird Mission, Devereux and the Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center.

 

It also will feature people from Sager Brown, the Galveston County Food Bank, Anchor Point, Neighbor to Neighbor, Nomads and Family Promise.

 

Any organization interested in presenting at the Expo can contact the church and let them know they want to be a part of it. There is no cost. “Those who are representing a mission will need to bring information about his or her project,” Armiger said.

 

To find out more about LCUMC and how it is leading the way to bring comfort, food and solutions to the community, go to www.lcumc.org. You may also call the church office at 281-332-1557.