By Steve Granadosin
The Illinois Great Rivers Conference will send a Volunteers in Mission Team (VIM) to Palawan Island in the Philippines March 3-17, 2016.
The VIM Team will partner with the churches in the Philippines to build an Activity Center in one of the expansion areas of The United Methodist Church in the Philippines. The team will also help establish relations with brothers and sisters there for future mission partnerships.
The Activity Center will become a place for conferencing, gatherings and camps for youth. It will be an invaluable asset to the church in that area in the Philippines where conferencing is a difficult and expensive undertaking especially for a people who live in islands and for many who aren’t able to eat three meals a day.
IGRC and the Philippines Central Conference both officially endorse this undertaking. The IGRC Board of Global Ministries has approved a $10,000 grant toward the completion of the project. The grant amount will enable the main building will be completed. The volunteers are also currently fund raising for the next phase of the project which includes the construction of the first of two bunk houses. The local congregations in Palawan continue to give time and energy to restart the project, as well.
To support this mission trip and for more information regarding participating in the trip, please contact pastors Steve and Cecilia Granadosin at 309-313-3001, or IGRC Coordinator of Missions and Outreach Bunny Wolfe by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 217-529-2749.
If you wish to send your support to help make this VIM trip a reality, please make checks payable to Industry United Methodist Church (memo: 2016 Philippines VIM) and send to: Industry UMC, P.O. Box 218, Industry, IL 61440.
Support of this VIM trip and project will not only help in the construction of a building, it will also help build bridges between the people of Christ here and in the Philippines.