Mission Trips

Current Mission Trips & Opportunities:


Disaster Relief Mission Trips for the Adopt-a-House Program and Lula Dial

The following trips have been scheduled for the Adopt-a-House program working on Lula Dial’s home.  The dates below are all scheduled to work on this project primarily.  However, due to circumstances we can’t control like permits, weather and other factors we may have to adjust our area of focus for each trip.  We allow up to 10 people on a day trip and 15 on overnight trips.  Everyone 14 years of age and up are encouraged to sign up to serve.  No experience necessary.  Background checks are required only for overnight trips.  Exact project details for each trip will remain flexible but are designated first to work on Lula’s home!

Day Trips

June 22, 2019 Lumberton Relief Trip** (This trip is filled.)

July 13, 2019 Lumberton Relief Trip**  (Click Here to Register)
Trip Leader:  John McClendon – jmcclendon2310@gmail.com

July 20, 2019 Lumberton Relief Trip**  (Click Here to Register)
Trip Leader:  Earl Coggins – encoggins@att.net

August 10, 2019 Lumberton Relief Trip** (Click Here To Register)

August 31, 2019 Lumberton Relief Trip** (Click Here To Register)

Contact John McClendon at jmcclendon2310@gmail.com for information about upcoming trips and opportunities!

Multi-Day Trips

August 5 – 10, 2019 Lumberton Relief Trip**  (Click Here to Register)
Trip Leader:  Sid Riddick – riddickws@gmail.com  

** These trips are currently scheduled to work on Lula Dial’s home.


  • If you are interested in helping but can’t participate in these trips, please know we will be scheduling more trips in the future.
  • For those unable to travel, Matthews UMC is collecting a special offering for hurricane disaster relief. You can give here online (select Global Impact fund, add MUMC Disaster Recovery and Response in the memo line) or put in the offering plate. Please make contributions to Matthews UMC and designate your gift for MUMC Disaster Recovery and Response.



November 9 – 16, 2019

Email Jim Murphy for trip details.

2018 Mission Trips — See Stories of Transformation for wonderful testimonies of God’s faithfulness.  Is God calling you to join a mission trip this year?

Disaster Recovery – Florida

October 21-27, 2018

 Kidron Valley Ministry – Uganda

July 3-12, 2018

2017 Mission Trips — See Stories of Transformation for wonderful testimonies of God’s faithfulness.  Is God calling you to join a mission trip this year?


Hurricane Matthew – Charleston Mission Trip, October 2017
Work consisted of assisting disaster relief organization in general repairs to homes damaged by Hurricane Matthew. Coordinated thru the SC Disaster Recovery Coordinator of the UMC.

Philadelphia Mission Trip – Cornerstone Community Church – July 12-16 Contact Elizabeth Wetmore.

Have you ever thought to yourself, “I would love to do more mission and outreach with my family, but I just don’t know where to start?”.  Two years ago, I had this same thought.  My children were 8 and 12 at the time and my husband and I were looking for an opportunity to serve the Lord as a family.  When I heard about the family mission trip to Cornerstone Church in Philadelphia, PA, I knew this was the answer to prayer!  Our family, along with other families, couples, and singles, headed to Philadelphia in July 2014 to do VBS, park outreach and more.  What my kids now describe as a big slumber party, was a 4 night trip to Philadelphia, PA teaching VBS, hosting a park outreach and joining with the community of Kensington to share the Love of God!!!  We enjoyed every moment, and even though we came back physically tired we were refreshed spiritually! A few days of turning off the phones and video games to serve the Lord was so meaningful for my family and all the families that were blessed to be there.  We will be staying at the church and hosting VBS during the day with crafts, songs, stories and games.  In the early evening, we will head to the park for hot dogs, cotton candy, face painting and more!




2017 Gloversville Mission Trip – Contact Mike Godsey.

The Gloversville trip is not billed as a family mission trip, but we’ve always had multiple family members on each trip we’ve taken and VBS is the center of our serving experience.  The host missionaries, Donn & Cyndie Truax  and their kids (ranging in age from 7-14) welcome us into their home during this trip.  Other activities we will do is a recovery dinner with a local halfway house, prayer walk around the city, Lake day in the Adirondack mountains, random acts of kindness and Sunday worship at the Truax’s home church.  Their living quarters is 11,000 square feet, with overflow on an upstairs level which includes another 11,000 square feet, in a building’s second story where we host the VBS.  The building was previously a YMCA.  While Gloversville is in the poorest New York state county and there is a lot of addiction and mental illness and we always institute the buddy system when outdoors, it is a small town, close in size to Matthews. Cost of the trip is $200/person which includes the transportation (rented vans) and all but 2 meals for the entire week.