Please watch this wonderful video done by Matt Edwards. It is an awesome overview of the 2016 Mission Trip to Nicaragua.
Wesley United Methodist Church has offered its members the opportunity to serve as mission volunteers in Nicaragua for more than a decade. Among the poorest countries in the western hemisphere, Nicaragua ranks 131st among nations in income per capita, with over 45% of Nicaraguans living below the poverty line as established by the World Bank. Many of Nicaragua's poor endure a harsh life, with more than 20% living on less than $3 per day.
The Hawaii Mission Team traveled to Camp Mekokiko, the only United Methodist Church Camp in Hawaii, during the summer of 2015. While they were there in June they accomplished a great deal. They were able to help with the forming, wiring, and pouring of one of two 3' wide concrete sections on the camp's steep curved driveway. The concrete sections are required by the local fire department for the camp, and the camp staff has been waiting for help to get the job done. Members of the team were also able to help repair the wiring on a tractor. The tractor is a vital tool for the camp staff and Ted, Mekokiko's Camp Director very much appreciated their efforts. The team also helped prepare for an upcoming cement pour by digging the foundation piers and cutting and bending rebar for them. And finally, the team helped with the camp's orchard and minor repairs around the property.
2016 marks the fourth year Wesley has sponsored missions trips to Honduras. Among the poorest countries in the western hemisphere, Honduras ranks 161st among nations in income per capita with more than two-thirds of the country's population living in poverty and around 46% living in extreme poverty.
Our mission efforts in Honduras each year are two-fold; construction and medical outreach. The medical outreach team offers a medical clinic for the poor in the area around the San Jose de la Vega United Methodist Church just outside the capital city of Tegucigalpa. The medical outreach trip will be July 27 - August 3, 2016. The construction team will continue to work with local Hondurans on the construction of the San Jose de la Vega United Methodist Church in Tegucigalpa, the capital city of Honduras. The building of this church is part of the Honduras Mission Initiative. Many teams from throughout the US are volunteering in this build. The dates are July 2 - July 9, 2016.
2016 saw Wesley add a new country to our list of Global Mission destinations. A Medical Outreach team traveled to Guatemala in January 2016. The team traveled to very small villages to bring much needed medical care and attention to people who would otherwise not have access to such care.
Guatemala is the largest and most populous country in Central America and has one of the highest disparities between rich and poor as well as one of the highest poverty levels worldwide. 54% of the population of Guatemala live below the poverty line.