The Junior High United Methodist Mission Project is a leadership work camp that helps 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students foster their passion for God and his people. Its mission is to develop junior high youth as student leaders.
During camp weeks, the youth spend Monday through Friday staying at churches in the towns they are serving. The work they do ranges from scraping & painting to installing wheelchair ramps, roof repairs, yard work, replacing screen doors & windows, weatherizing, and other general household repairs.
The United Methodist Action Reach-Out Mission by Youth is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. U.M.ARMY began in 1979 with a youth mission trip to Athens, Texas, where youth groups from several Houston churches gathered to provide home repair assistance to people in need.
Today this organization has grown to more than 30 separate missions throughout East and Southeast Texas with over 3,500 youth and adult volunteers annually. Its mission is two-fold; serving people in need, and providing young people an opportunity to mature in their faith-walk and life skills through Christian service, which is accomplished every summer when thousands of youth and adult volunteers sacrifice a week of their vacation to join God’s ARMY.
Using a local Methodist church as a base where they gather to have their meals, sleep in classrooms, and worship in the Sanctuary, participants spend each day of the week providing free home repairs for low-income, elderly, and disabled homeowners in the surrounding area.
Through the building of wheelchair ramps, porches, steps, and handrails; painting homes, cleaning houses, and mowing yards, this ARMY reaches out and becomes missionaries serving God’s people.
This work, along with daily devotions and evening worship, provides a unique opportunity for Christian growth and leadership development in youth. Combining this with evening recreation, fellowship, and fun makes U.M.ARMY an unforgettable and life-changing experience.
Homes are repaired. Hearts are lifted. Lives are changed. Love is shared. God is revealed.
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