Global Missions

To Love and To Serve

Welcome to Peachtree Road United Methodist!

For who is greater, the one seated at the table or the one who serves? Is it not the one who is at the table?  But I am among you as the one who serves. Luke 22:27

Outreach to others is one of the most vital components of our faith. We are passionate about making our local and global communities a better place for all. By serving others, we feel the transformative power of our beliefs and see the positive change that it brings to the world. As we continue our work of empowering people and building sustainable programs, we see a light and a renewed resolution in those we touch. The greatest things happen when we listen to God’s call, open our hearts wide, and serve.

Upcoming International Mission Trips

Join us for a life-changing experience! Go global and be transformed through the incredible mission opportunities we offer for all ages. For more information and to register, click the icons below. If you have questions, please contact Anne French at annef@prumc.org.

2019 Guatemala Family Mission Trip
Trip Dates: December 27, 2019 – January 3, 2020
Team Leader: Julie and Chris Lee
THIS TEAM IS COMPLETE!
TEAM FORMS HERE


Guatemala Family Orphanage Collections
The PRUMC Guatemala Family Mission Team is collecting children’s items to take on their upcoming trip this Christmas. All donations will benefit the CRI Orphanages in Guatemala City.  Please drop off at bins located in the Preschool Lobby in November and December.  Thank you!

New or Gently Used Items
Blankets
Bottles
Crib sheets
Birth – 5y clothing
Baby monitors

New Items
Pacifiers
Baby brushes
Clippers
Digital thermometers

Walmart gift cards and monetary donations are also very much appreciated.  For more information, contact Tracy Noble tracyn@prumc.org.

2020 Kenya Adult Mission Trip
Trip Dates: March 12-22, 2020
Team Leader: Clint Smith

Start With One Kenya (SWOK) is an outstanding organization founded by Bill and Chat Coble, members of PRUMC residing in Kenya. Since 2009 PRUMC has been sending teams to Kenya. Our focus is providing clean water and improving education. The PRUMC Christmas Eve offering supports our efforts to eliminate dirty water for thousands of people in Kenya. PRUMC teams will partner with SWOK to achieve sustainable projects.

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2020 Belize Young Adult Mission Trip
Trip Dates: May 23-31, 2020
Team Leaders: Elizabeth Byrd and Mason Brannon

Since June 2016 PRUMC has been sending Young Adult mission teams to Belize. The PRUMC mission projects center around education and empowering students and teachers at the Libertad Methodist School. PRUMC teams focus on building relationships that will change lives, both those who serve and those who are served.

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Where We Go and What We Do

Peachtree Road’s mission work in Belize is headed up by our young adults. This dynamic team believes in the life-changing power of education and is dedicated to empowering teachers and students.

The majority of schools in Belize are run and funded by churches. Teachers salaries are paid by the state but there is not funding for programs nor expansion. Only half of the children are able to continue their education past primary school due to lack of space and affordability.

We stay in Corozal, Belize located about 2 hours north of Belize City by car.

Check back soon to learn more about our mission partners, Methodist4Belize.

Peachtree Road’s mission work in the country of Georgia is a continued success story of love that we build upon each year. We once visited destitute regions in this country to provide food to socially orphaned children. These children had parents who could not afford to care for them. Years later, children are fed, clothed, nurtured and educated through our Sponsor-a-Child initiative.

With basic necessities taken care of, we are able to focus on providing a future. We now provide higher education, vocational training and scholarships to assure these children have the skills to be successful adults. We believe they will be key in the transformation of their country.

We also work closely with at-risk and special needs children, making sure we assess their needs, give them love and care, and assue they are not looked over or marginalized.

Our mission trips are spent with the students of the institutions we support. We provide quality group activities centered around music, art, sports and games. We also mentor students, talk to parents and continue to monitor the health and well-being of our children.

To learn more about our mission partner, International Support for Georgian Youth (ISGY), click here.

On Peachtree Road’s first family mission trip to Guatemala, our team – made up of only eight families – was able to build six houses with bathrooms in just one week. It was thrilling for us and empowering for the community we served. We are excited to continue meeting the needs of the loving people of Guatemala.

Our mission partner in Guatemala is Catalyst Resources International, facilitated by Fontaine and Paul Greene. With their help we will continue to construct homes, creating stability for families. This foundation is furthered strengthened through other programs of CRI including food, clinics, farming and church.

To learn more about our mission partners, click here.

Thanks to Peachtree Road’s mission work in Kenya we have become a key player in the global effort to bring clean water to Africa. Our mission partners – Start with One / UZima designed and developed a water filter than is 99% effective in cleaning deadly contaminates. With this simple filter, and mass organization, we are able to land, disperse and distribute filters to entire regions in a week.

Our mission trips are focused on getting filters to the people and recording data for future development. To date, over a quarter of a million people have been positively impacted by this initiative and the UZima filter has been recognized and recommended by the World Health Organization. With each clean water filter comes health, opportunity and life.

Our mission partner in Kenya is Start with One Kenya, facilitated by UMC missionaries Bill and Chat Coble. With their help, our teams distribute and track filters, as well as build lasting relationships in the communities we serve.

To learn more about our mission partners, click here.

Peachtree Road’s mission teams to Nicaragua work side by side with the people to overcome extreme poverty. By providing programs for children, new construction and community development, we have built infrastructures for long=term success.

Our mission partners in Nicaragua is Pineapples of Peace, facilitated by missionaries Robbie and Murray Lathrop. Their ministry is located on a working pineapple farm that helps sustain the local community.

Very sadly, due to the civil unrest in Nicaragua, we cannot send teams to the farm that has been our home base for many years. Pineapples of Peace has recently been opened to local pastors to grow crops and feed their people. The Piñas staff has been reduced to 5 workers whose duties now include keeping the farm safe from violence and squatters.

Please keep the staff and locals in your prayers as their country experiences the pain and fear of civil unrest.

To learn more about our ministries partners, click here.

Global Health Initiatives

Water for Kenya

Thanks to Peachtree Road’s mission work in Kenya we have become a key player in the global effort to bring clean water to Africa. Our mission partners – Start with One / UZima designed and developed a water filter than is 99% effective in cleaning deadly contaminates. With this simple filter, and mass organization, we are able to land, disperse and distribute filters to entire regions in a week.

To date, over a quarter of a million people have been positively impacted by this initiative and the UZima filter has been recognized and recommended by the World Health Organization. With each clean water filter comes health, opportunity and life.

To learn more about Water for Kenya, click here.
To learn more about UZima water filters, click here.

PRUMC's Water for Kenya initiative brings clean water through Uzima filters.

Sponsor a Child

Peachtree Road’s mission work in the country of Georgia is a continued success story of love. Originally, our mission teams were sent out to provide food to socially orphaned children. (The parents in more destitute regions could not afford to care for their children.)

Years later, after establishing our Sponsor-a-Child initiative, children are fed, clothed and nurtured through this program. With basic necessities taken care of through Sponsor-a-Child, we are able to expand our mission to providing a brighter future for these children through education, vocational training and scholarships.

To learn more about our mission partner, International Support for Georgian Youth (ISGY) and the Sponsor-a-Child program click here.
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PRUMC's Sponsor a Child program helps children in the nation of Georgia.

Mission Medical Consent

PRUMC cares about our team members’ health and safety. We have a responsibility to the overall team, which must come before that of an individual. Because of this, we have protocol in place prior to registration to avoid jeopardy of the mission.

It is important to know that our missions take place in developing countries and the level of medical care is not always consistent to that we may have at home. Health care facilities are inadequate and sometimes non-existent. Some medical conditions will require team members to purchase additional insurance that includes air evacuation.

Prior to registering for a team, and prior to purchasing airline tickets, a FULL DISCLOSURE of any medical condition must be presented to PRUMC’s Director of Global Missions and PRUMC’s COO. This includes prior medical conditions, chronic conditions, and any condition that you have been under a doctor’s care for in the past 5 years.

Applicants must obtain and complete a physician’s release form (provided by UMVIM via PRUMC), and a letter form you doctor stating acknowledgement of travel plans and their consent to go.

Applicant’s disclosure, release and consent will be reviewed by a board and notified within a week of submission of status (either approved or denied.) PRUMC retains the right to deny any individual a place on a mission team if we feel the mission could be jeopardized in any way.

Registration & Costs for PRUMC Members

PRUMC members must register for trip by placing a deposit on PRUMC web site www.prumc.org/events.

Team member deposit is $100 per person per trip.
A portion of the deposit will pay for group travel/trip insurance through UMVIM.
To see insurance benefits go to www.umvim.org.
Additional travel insurance can be purchased by team members.

The PRUMC operating budget will cover the in-country cost for PRUMC members actively engaged in our church.
PRUMC members will be financially responsible for their deposit, airfare and incidentals on the trip.

PRUMC will pay the in-country cost for members only once per calendar year.
Exceptions are made for team leaders.

Registration & Costs for Non-Members

Non-members must register for trip by placing a deposit on PRUMC web site www.prumc.org/events.

Team member deposit is $100 per person per trip.
A portion of the deposit will pay for group travel/trip insurance through UMVIM.
To see insurance benefits go to www.umvim.org.
Additional travel insurance can be purchased by team members.

Non-members are financially responsible for their deposit, in-country cost, airfare, and incidentals.
Exceptions are made for medically trained doctors and nurses who will tend to the medical needs of the team members.

Team Travel

PRUMC mission teams originate from Atlanta International airport.

Teams will travel together from Atlanta to the destination as a group with a PRUMC group leader.

Any travel plans that deviate from departing or returning to Atlanta with the team must be approved by the Director of Global Missions.

Team Leadership

Team leaders are selected by the director of global missions at PRUMC.

PRUMC will pay the in-country cost for members only once per calendar year. Exceptions are made for team leaders.

Priority

PRUMC members receive priority over non-members on all global mission trips.
Designated trips are open for non-members.

Policies & Funding

Global mission policies and designation of funding to support global mission projects are voted on and decided by the global missions committee.

Global Missions Staff & Chairs

Anne French | Director of PRUMC Global Missions

Tracy Noble | PRUMC Global Missions Administrative Assistant

Debby Eidson | PRUMC Global Missions Committee Chair (2015-2018)

Lee Daniel | PRUMC Global Missions Committee Chair (2019)

Global Missions Committee Members

Scott Alexander, Kenya Family Trip Leader

Lynn Banks, Georgia Trip Leader

Jan Bilthouse, Nicaragua Art Auction/Dogwood

Mason Brannon, Belize Young Adult Trip Leader

Elizabeth Byrd, Belize Young Adult Trip Leader/Clergy

Sara Louise Carpenter, Member at Large

Lee Daniel, Global Missions Committee Chair

Debby Eidson, Past Global Missions Committee Chair

Stacy Falls ,Member at Large

Anne French, Global Missions Director

Kyle Jenks, Member at Large/Past Kenya Leader

Jeff Koon, Member at Large/Past Belize Trip Leader

Michael Layne, Georgia Trip Leader

Julie Lee, Guatemala Family Trip Leader

Chris Lee, Guatemala Family Trip Leader

Workman Meeks, Member at Large

Grace Nadeau, Associate Director of Youth

Tracy Noble, Global Missions Program Administrator

Susan Pendleton, UMW

Gary Schneeberg, Member at Large/Past Georgia Trip Leader

Clint Smith, Kenya Adult Trip Leader

Carolyn Stephens Clergy

Macie Thompson UMW Chair