Local churches and groups throughout the Louisiana Annual Conference are asked to help students in Reynosa, Mexico by donating backpacks and school supplies during the month of July. The school backpack program is an initiative of the Methodist Border Friendship Commission.
Rev. Willie Berman, the Mexican Methodist Border Mission coordinator and Global Ministries missionary, will receive the backpacks and distribute them for this fall’s school session.
Pictured with backpacks from a previous drive are, left to right, Dr. Stuart Guey, Belle Chasse UMC LAVIM team member; Denise Buford, Belle Chasse Rotary Club; Olivia Buford; Veronica Berman; Willie Berman; and Dale Smith, LAVIM team leader.
The Belle Chasse United Methodist Church Louisiana Volunteers in Mission team is spearheading the drive, and is available to pick up supplies to be delivered to Mexico. For more information or to schedule a pickup, contact T. Dale Smith at (504) 391-0067 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
. Access the flyer for the backpack donation drive here
The LAVIM team from Belle Chasse UMC has also been busy with a vitamin drive for supplies to send on their medical, dental and construction mission to Mexico. The Belle Chasse Rotary Club donated over 280 containers of children's chewable vitamins, pre-natal vitamins and over the counter medications for the team’s mission to Reynosa, Rio Bravo and other border communities in Mexico.
Pictured here, left to right, are Smith; Dr. Guey; Buford; Mark Ziegler, LAVIM team construction leader; and Heidi Lee, Rotary Club president.