'Border Backpack' ministry helps underserved children

May 19, 2014

Willie Berman, General Board of Global Missions missionary to Mexico and director of the Manos Juntas ministry, will be traveling through Louisana this summer, visiting local churches. Berman is currently working on his schedule.

“Border Backpacks” is a program of the Methodist Border Friendship Commission. Berman invites local churches to be a part of this valuable ministry that helps underserved students on both sides of the Mexican/US border. If churches have members, especially teachers, that would like to collect school year left overs or new items, Willie will be happy to collect them as he travels throughout the state.
To coordinate supply pickup, Berman can be reached at (956) 648-8712. Susan Hellums, Border Area Mission Coordinator, can be reached at (956) 648-8509. Rev. Ricky Willis is scheduling Willie’s visits within the conference and can be reached at 

A list of needed supplies is as follows:

For Mexico

  • Backpack/school bag
  • 8 oz. Bottle of Glue
  • 2 glue sticks
  • box of (8) watercolor colors
  • box of Crayolas - 24 colors
  • pack of 10 pencils (black or blue)
  • pencil sharpener (plastic with attached holder for shavings)
  • pencil eraser
  • pack of (12) colored pencils
  • ballpoint pens
  • scissors (blunt tipped)
  • small plastic pencil holder - box (not soft kind)
  • 2 notebooks (spiral wide ruled)
  • ruler (unbreakable/metric, no metal edge)
  • calculator (+,-,x,/)

For United States
All the above PLUS

  • 2 packages wide-ruled loose leaf paper
  • 2 composition books
  • 1 package construction paper
  • 5 pocket folders with brads (1 of each color-red, yellow, green, blue and purple)

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