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2016 Mission Trip Plans

Posted on Sat, Nov 21, 2015

Details on our 2016 Mission Trip are below. We'll help with construction of a home in Kentucky. We will travel either July 10-16 or July 17-23. If you're interested in going, please let Melissa (419-346-8277) know which week works best for you ASAP. 




Sharing Our Witness – Enriching Relationships

Sowing the Seeds of Christian Love in Southeast Kentucky


The SOWER VIM Team is in the planning stages for constructing the 15thhome for a family in 2016. The cost of materials to build one of the 28’ x 28’ or 28’ x 32’ houses from the ground up is approximately $43,000 to $47,000. The SOWER VIM Project is in need of both funding to cover material costs and volunteers for the build, please see registration form attached. The SOWER VIM Leadership Team is requesting that the churches of West Ohio prayerfully consider supporting this worthwhile project in Southeastern Kentucky financially with a pledge of support as well as providing volunteers to do the actual construction. Those that have served on SOWER work teams comment that, while they have helped a family by serving, they gained much more from the interaction and relationships with the family and fellow team members. West Ohio Conference churches are invited to participate in this rewarding project with your prayers, your volunteer labor, and your financial support. 

Work weeks for the house construction have been scheduled for May 8-14, May 15-21, July 10-16, July 17-23, August 14-20, and August 21-27 of 2016. The attached Build Schedule outlines the anticipated work to be done each week. The registration fee is $250/person and covers food, and lodging at Henderson Settlement. While there is no requirement for volunteers to contribute to the cost of materials, it is suggested that each volunteer or their church contribute $400 to $500 toward the cost of materials. Volunteers without materials to work with are not very effective!


SOWER is a West Ohio Conference VIM project that constructs new housing as part of the Henderson Settlement work camp program. Henderson Settlement, Frakes, Kentucky, is a component of the Red Bird Missionary Conference providing a multitude of services to southern Bell and Whitley counties in Kentucky and northern Campbell and Claiborne counties in Tennessee. The Work Camp Program, which has approximately 3,000 volunteers each year, is one of the services provided. Work Camp volunteers repair 130 to 150 existing homes each year and have built new houses (32 to date) to raise the quality of life for the owner families in the local area.


Please send all pledges and registrations [checks should be made out to the West Ohio Conference UMC], or questions to:


Ralph & Carolyn Brandon

SOWER VIM Team Leaders

231 McMillen Dr.

Newark, Oh 43055


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