The work of members of First United Methodist of Hurst does not end in our local community — our work continues around the globe.
Mission Partners in Panama: Rev. David and Cindy Ceballos
Rev. David and Cindy Ceballos, R.N. are General Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church missionaries with the people of Panama. On behalf of the Iglesia Evangélica Metodista de Panamá, David and Cindy are challenged with establishing a district of Methodist churches and working towards improving community health in western Panama.
David and Cindy are career missionaries who host over 25 teams annually to serve with the people of Panama. At the core of who they are lies an ardent desire for the well-being of those whom they serve and those who come to serve. They are passionate about ensuring that each of their teams has an excellent missional experience while seeking ways to empower the local community to be self-sustaining.
They approach their ministry with the P.R.A.Y. model of missional service rooted in establishing a Presence, building Relationships with their community, Adapting to the constant changes of a missional context, and having a “Yes Lord, here
am I, use me!” attitude.
David and Cindy have strong Texas ties, are parents and grandparents, and have previously served in Honduras and Barcelona, Spain.
International Mission Journeys
The simplest of diseases can be life threatening to the Ngöbe/Bugle Amerindians of Panama, who are marginalized by their government and forced to live on nearly inhabitable lands. Little to no access to medical facilities and lack of medical education makes the life altering work done with these people of utmost importance. Participation will be a life changing experience for those who serve and those whom we serve. For information about Global Missions, contact Rev. Clint Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Youth in Panama
Each summer our senior high students also have the opportunity to work in mission in another country. Students stretch themselves by participating in cultures different from their own, working to bring positive change to the areas they visit, and marking their life-changing experiences through personal journals and worship. In 2015, our older youth will travel to Panama July 15-23, 2017. Trip details can be found on the Youth in Missions page. For more information, contact Rev. Matt Ybañez.
UMCOR: The United Methodist Committee on Relief
UMCOR is the humanitarian relief and development agency of the United Methodist Church, a worldwide denomination. Compelled by Christ, UMCOR responds to natural or human made disasters—those interruptions of such magnitude that they overwhelm a community's ability to recover on its own.
FUMC Hurst has been a significant contributor to UMCOR in the wake of disasters. Our congregation contributed more than $50,000 to aid UMCOR's relief efforts following the 2011 earthquakes in Japan.
In addition to monetary donations, our congregation has been a large contributor of Relief Supply Kits for use by UMCOR. Through recent campaigns organized by our church's United Methodist Women, we contributed more than 1,000 Health Kits and more than 500 Birthing Kits for use by UMCOR.
Nothing But Nets
Nothing But Nets is a global, grassroots campaign to raise awareness and funding to combat malaria, one of the largest killers of children in Africa. With a $10 contribution, Nothing But Nets provides individuals the opportunity to join the global fight against malaria by sending a net and saving a life. FUMC Hurst has contibuted more than 1,000 nets to this campaign.
The People of the United Methodist Church have been in mission across Africa for more than 160 years. Our denomination’s work in the area of malaria prevention made it a natural partner for Nothing but Nets. Several global agencies of The United Methodist Church aid in distributing bed nets, as well as in campaigns to educate and raise money for nets.
Would you like to get involved? Check Opportunities to Serve.