Grace United Methodist Church, Norway, MI
Wednesday, January 19, 2022
Open Hearts - Open Minds - Open Doors

Mexico Mission Trip

                                     Mexico Mission Trip  


Mexico Missions has become a passion for some of our members here at Grace United Methodist Church in Norway.  Every Spring break week for the last several years a church team has gone to a small village near Reynosa, Mexico to run an eye clinic, a medical clinic, a food kitchen and a time of prayer for the very poor people who live there.
Before leaving, glasses, medical supplies, hearing aides, pillowcase dresses, boy's shorts and money are donated or collected.  The eye glasses are all cleaned, measured, bagged and labeled for dispensing in the Mexican village.  The first couple of days there are spent worshipping and then cleaning and setting up the tables, chairs and equipment for the clinic.
The team actually sleeps in Texas at night at the home of a Vineyard Church missionary by the name of Fred Collom. He has dormitory facilities that can house around 30 people with a large kitchen and dining area.  His ministry can be seen at and his Mazatlan work can be seen at day the group travels into Mexico and run the clinics, where they typically see between 30 - 50 patients each day.  Approximately 100 people each day are also fed.

Each day in the clinic begins with praise and worship songs.  Then there is a time of prayer before the team begins seeing people. People arrive early each day and wait to be seen.  They are invited to join in the prayer time.  There is always a strong sense of God's presence in the building when the day is started this way.
"It is an amazing blessing to be able to touch the lives of the people in Vamos Tamaulipas, the small village we visit," team leader, Gail Roberts says.  

"These people have no other means of seeing an eye doctor and for some of  them we are the first eye clinic they have ever been to.  Last year we were able to connect with Willie Bereman, the UMCOR Northern Mexico Representative.  He has a year round mission in  the city of Nuevo Leon, MX near Reynosa where he offers free surgery to people in need.  For several years we left Mexico with sad hearts for those cataract patients we could not help. Now we know that God was letting us get  a group together who will receive His blessing all at the same time," she added.

The trip in 2014 is being planning for March 29-April 6.   Mexico may not be calling everyone in the church, but God is.  All who do go to Mexico describe the trip as a humbling, edifying, satisfying, and an undeniable blessing to be used by God to do His work. 

 But, In whatever way you are being called to work for Him, you are encouraged to step out of your comfort zone and follow His leading.  He won't let you down and you will be blessed beyond your wildest dreams.

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