Puerto Rico Mission Team 2016

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Meet the Puerto Rico Mission Team (2016)

The Puerto Rico Mission Team will head to Ponce, Puerto Rico May 21-28.  While there, they will participate in practical mission projects and renew relationships with our brothers and sisters in Ponce. 

Over the coming weeks, we will feature members of the team in our newsletters, so that we, as the family of Front Street, can get to know them and keep them in our prayers as they prepare to minister to the people of Ponce.

 

PATRICK MILLSPatrick M

I am a local CPA and since I just finished with tax season I thought a “vacation” in Ponce, Puerto Rico would be nice.  It will not be a “vacation,” but it will be a great mission experience with some familiar faces and new faces.
 
I am married to Catherine Mills, the Director. of FSUMC Afterschool and Summer Camp, and we have 2 children, Maddie and Trent.  I have been involved with the Buckner Mission Man Triathlon for about 11 years and have participated 5 or 6 times.  I am gaining the ability to participate in more mission experiences that are supported in part by the efforts of our great Buckner Mission Man team.
 
Our brothers and sisters in Puerto Rico are so welcoming and share the love that Jesus shared.  Iglesia Metodista La Resurrección is full of the Holy Spirit and the congregation holds a special place in my heart.  I look forward to witnessing along with Pastor Jorge and the rest.  Thank you FSUMC for your continued support of missions and your insatiable love in sharing the love that Jesus showed throughout his earthly journey and beyond. #livedifferently

DOUG WILSONDW

Born and raised in the Connelly Springs, NC area of Burke County. Graduate of East Burke High and Lenoir Rhyne College (University).

Relocated to Burlington, NC in 2005 with employer (Piedmont Natural Gas) and have loved and resided in Alamance Country ever since.

Proudly married to Tammye Stallings Wilson and the daddy of Lillie Margaret.

For the last several years our family has participated in local mission experiences as well as Costa Rica, Haiti and Puerto Rican efforts.

We are very passionate about God’s continued vision and love for Front Street United Methodist Church and all who love her.

We share our appreciation to the many congregation members and community efforts that continue to help grow Front Street Missions.  The Wilson Family is honored to be part of the family of believers that make Front Street the wonderful church it is.


PATRICK MURPHYPM

I'm Patrick, and I serve as co-pastor with Ray here at FSUMC. One of my deepest  joys in ministry is living on mission as a church-community, and in that calling, working to build relationships across ethnic, lingual, and cultural boundaries. My formation as a disciple has taken my whole life, and in that journey I have discovered that it truly takes all of us living into our baptismal identities as God's children to embody the life of the risen Christ in the world.

It excites me that we have been given this incredible opportunity to be with our friends in Puerto Rico because this isn't a one-off trip. Instead, it is an ongoing, mutual investment between two expressions of the body of Christ. Pastor Jorge and the members of Iglesia Methodist "La Resurrección" have shown our missioners incredible hospitality these last few years. Front Street has had the privilege of doing the same when they came to share life and mission with us last summer.

Though this is only one small relationship in a much larger world, I consider the ongoing mission we share with our sisters and brothers in Puerto Rico to be a strong witness to what a diverse, global, and unified church can look like. As we journey to Ponce again this spring, I hope that you'll hold us in prayer, that the Holy Spirit would break us open and draw us deeper into the love that holds us together in Christ.

[Patrick is pictured above with his wife Brittany]


FRED GLASSFORDFG

I grew up in Raleigh and moved to Burlington in 1977 to open a veterinary practice. I am married to Vicky, and we have two daughters, Hope and Jamie, and a son, Joseph. Our family was thrilled when Hope married Jeff Dodson, and they have given us the added joy of two awesome grandsons, Landon and Noah. Vicky and I have been members of Front Street UMC and the Genesis Sunday School class for 28 years. I have had the privilege to be active with several committee teams at this church, and to be involved with youth mission trips with the Appalachia Service Project and to the Hinton Rural Life Center.

Since retiring in 2014, I have had the opportunity to share more time with local mission projects; and last year I was blessed to be able to go to Haiti, together with Vicky and Jamie, and with a team of 15 others, most of whom I had not previously known very well. That team developed a very close bond which, along with the resilient and loving people of Haiti, made for an extra special experience.

I am looking forward to this mission experience of working and worshipping with another team and with the people of Puerto Rico. Thank you for your support which is the reason that this mission opportunity has been made possible.


DAVIS HAWKS DH

Davis is a sophomore at NCSU majoring in Sports Management and Statistics.  He loves all things sport, particularly golf.   He is active in Cru (formerly Campus Crusades for Christ).  Over Spring Break, he will be joining a mission team from Providence Baptist Church in Raleigh and traveling to Toronto where they will share the Good News on the campuses of the University of Toronto and Ryerson University.  Additionally, they’ll be assisting a local church with set up for their annual Easter Outreach and have some great opportunities to learn from pastors and church leaders about what it means to be a young professional living on mission in a major urban context.  Obviously, he thoroughly enjoys mission trips and experiencing new cultures.  He is excited to be returning to Puerto Rico this year!


DAVID HEDGECOCK DHedge

My passion for mission work was sparked years ago when I had the fun and privilege of going on many ASP trips with all three of my daughters- Allison, Jennifer, and Meredith, who have since blessed me with six grandchildren: David, Sarah, Jack, Lib, Caroline, and Spencer.

I have been on several other domestic and foreign mission trips as far away as Zambia, Siberia and Haiti, in addition to involvement in local mission events such as wheelchair ramps. I am presently an investigator with the N.C. Medical Board, and have a prior career in law enforcement with the N.C. State Bureau of Investigation and the Alamance County Sheriff’s Office.  I truly feel called to mission work, and am excited about joining this team going to Puerto Rico.   


MEREDITH PIATT MP

I am a sophomore Human Services major at Elon University.  I am studying social work and counseling with hopes to enter the field as a practitioner and eventually work on social policy or advocate for human rights groups through government lobbying. I went to Puerto Rico last summer and fell in love with the culture and the people. I became very close with a Elba, an elderly woman we were working with, and hope to reconnect with her when I return this summer. After spending the month of January in Guatemala working in the aging unit of the community hospital, I am eager to continue serving Spanish speaking communities in Puerto Rico this summer. 

 

 

More coming soon!

Last Published: May 10, 2016 1:54 PM
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