The following is a guest post from our Global Missions Director, Teresa Sherwood, who is currently leading a team from our church who will be serving in Matamoros.
Since 1999, First Methodist has partnered with Juntos Servimos Ministry in Matamoros, Mexico to care for the most vulnerable people living in that border community. We have delivered countless medical supplies, medical equipment, and over 1500 wheelchairs to help sick and disabled children and adults along the border. We have helped build houses, a medical shelter, and a church. Over the years, we have developed some very special relationships with the people of the Matamoros community.
Five years ago, we had to curtail our visits to Matamoros due to violence in that area. We have continued to pray for the community and to support the ministry financially, even as we were unable to be there in person. Fortunately, the past year has seen a return to stablility in that area and we are now returning to the ministry and the community.
Last November, we delivered 200 wheelchairs to the border in preparation for our mission team that will arrive this week.
During this upcoming week, our team of 21 volunteers will fit wheelchairs to children and adults, provide physical and occupational therapy assessments, and repair and paint the medical shelter. We will be bringing Spanish Bibles, Spanish GIBE bracelets, and 40 handmade quilts from our Stitches of Love Ministry. Throughout this week we will have also have the chance to sing, pray, and do activities with the residents of Casa Bugambilia shelter.
On Sunday morning, we will worship with our brothers and sisters at our sister church in the Matamoros community and that afternoon, we will have the blessing of hosting a picnic for the kids at the Mi Case home for abused children.
We are thrilled to be able to return to this special community. Please be in prayer for our team and for all those who continue to need the care and compassion of a “Good Samaritan” who stops to share God’s grace in their time of need.