Mission Trips

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First UMC Coral Gables invites you to join us on a mission trip to the Dominican Republic from June 11 - June 17, 2018. To build on last year's efforts to spread God's love and compassion, we need 15 adult and 10 youth (grades 9-12) volunteers.

For the first time, our Youth will have a chance to connect one-on-one on a spiritual and personal level with their Dominican counterparts, and join us in building and furnishing 3 classrooms among other efforts - all leading up to the first-ever Christian graduating class in this neighborhood in 2020! The cost per person is $1,300, including airfare, lodging, meals, and amenities. Passports are required.

To register, please click on the red "VOLUNTEER" tab in the upper right-hand corner. Advance registration is key so that we can complete preliminary reservations and procedures. For questions, please contact Rev. Vidalis Lopez at vlopez@fumccg.org; or Jim Morgan at james.morgan@squirepb.com.


2017 FUMCCG Youth Mission Trip to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota Was a Success!YouthAirport_Fix

July2CoverFrom July 7-15, 2017, our FUMCCG Youth Group visited South Dakota to serve the Oglala Lakota tribe of Pine Ridge Reservation. While there, our youth mission team worked at The Dream Center, a program that provides life-changing aid, hunger relief, activities, Christian teaching and worship to Lakota children.

Throughout their service, FUMCCG Youth:

  • prepared and served nutritious meals to Lakota youth
  • built a prayer garden
  • constructed a volleyball court
  • donated musical equipment and toys
  • installed an entire sound system for worship services.

The Pine Ridge Reservation is the poorest reservation in our nation. The Wings as Eagles Ministries is located on the Pine Ridge Reservation in the heart of the Badlands. This is a community with high rates of alcoholism, drug use, child abuse, youth suicide and child homelessness.

With God’s guidance, our church’s support and prayers, we hope to be the light of Christ in the darkness of our native lands. “...the people living in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned.” -Matthew 4:16.

These service projects will make a lasting impact on the daily lives and spiritual growth of Lakota youth, creating a positive environment in the midst of many difficult realities on the reservation.

But this important opportunity could not have happened without the generous support of our FUMCCG family! Your kindness and ongoing support of the youth mission trip, and the various fundraising events leading up to it, have made this loving outreach possible for our 19 students. Equally important, your efforts are contributing to an appreciation for service that can only be garnered through one-on-one experience; and will hopefully serve as a catalyst for a lifetime of generous action and service on behalf of good. Thank you to Miami Music Ministries for donating instruments and musical equipment, and to God for making everything possible.

Please join us in sending prayers, blessings, and good wishes to all involved in this labor of love by posting messages and photos on Facebook, Twitter Instagram, all at the handle @FUMCCG!

MORE: Please check out this WAEM video -https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=LWlmWKh3IYw - and be the change that you want to see in the world!

  • Throughout the year our youth participate in missionary outreach in our South Florida community and in urban and rural settings throughout the U.S. to alleviate the suffering of others. Past FUMCCG youth groups have traveled to Mexico, Cuba, Haiti, Panama, and the southeastern United States.

Meet Our Youth Missionaries!

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2017 "I Am the Change" Mission Trip to the Dominican Republic 
Watch the Video Of Our Story Below!

First UMC Coral Gables Mission Trip to the Dominican Republic from Janet Lopez on Vimeo.


Meet Our "I Am the Change" Missionaries:

Doing More Good, Every Day:

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As our team of loving church family missionaries prepares to leave on our mission for good to the Dominican Republic this week, from June 13-18, we would like to thank each of them for the immense good that they are doing.  

We also want to offer our deepest gratitude to you, our greathearted family members, who have made this mission possible through your prayers, incredibly generous contributions and volunteering of your time, creativity, and even health kits!  We are so very proud of our family and humbled by your grace! 

Please join us in lifting up our prayers on behalf of this mission for love, for this group of loving missionaries, for the wonderful people of the Dominican Republic and our esteemed partners there who will help us deliver on our promise to do more good in more places!

FUMCCG invites you to join us on an expedition of love - a mission trip to the Dominican Republic. Our enthusiastic volunteers will serve as a dynamic part of our partnership with a local church in the Dominican Republic, as we help renovate classrooms for elementary students. Our group departs on June 13th and immediately begin making a difference in the community; and returns to Miami on Sunday, June 18, 2017. So, come on board! We need 20 missionaries so let's come together for this unique opportunity to be the change you want to see!

WHEN: June 13-18, 2017

WHERE: Volunteer in the Dominican Republic

CONTACT: Rev. Vidalis Lopez at vlopez@fumccg.org or Jim Morgan at james.morgan@squirepb.com.

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