First United Methodist Church

Los Chiles, Akins Team – Post #4

This morning the team wrapped up our water meter installation project! After lunch, we drove through the Media Queso procario where Agua Viva installed the first well. It was quite humbling to see the living conditions in these communities, and quite obvious that they would not have had access to clean water without the good work of Agua Viva. Then we had the pleasure of going to the drill site go see the latest well come alive with water. Amazing!

Part of the group handed out more shoes to the community kids, and then continued the afternoon with VBS, where Lyndsey made balloon animals for the little ones.  We ate yummy mangoes off of the trees and headed back for our farewell celebration with the Agua Viva team, where we shared Communion.  Tomorrow we head to the resort for some R&R and play time!

Los Chiles, Akins Trip – Post #3

Our journey continues… Although we speak different languages, being a kid is a universal language.  When our Winter Park kids play with the community kids, the community kids just light up with joy. All of our Winter Park kids are trying to practice their Spanish with the community members. We got a bit of a surprise the other day:  when we were installing the water meters, Kent had had told us that there were only 5 water meters that we had to install – there were actually FIFTY. Kent had made an error in translation. Ha!  Weather-wise, it is either very hot and humid or rainy and muggy – much like Central Florida, but the rain can cycle in and out multiple times/day. More of the donated shoes from our kind Orlando friends were given to children who lived around the work sight. They were so excited!

Agua Viva Serves – Akins Team, Part 2

The work in Los Chiles continues.  In the morning, the team helps teach English to young adults at the English-speaking school.  In the afternoon, the group split up – some put in water meters and the rest helped out with the VBS for the children in the community.  We close out each day with devotions.  Last night we had a meaningful sharing about listening to God’s “nudgings” from Agua Viva’s Blake Davidson. God is everywhere!

First Costa Rica Mission Team of 2016 arrives in Los Chiles!

The Kent Akins team left Saturday morning for Los Chiles, Costa Rica for a week of serving with Auga Viva Serves.  They hit the ground running on Sunday.  They skyped with the Promiseland Children back home at FUMCWP, attended a beautiful church service and led the community’s children in small groups, took a tour of AVS wells in the area, and sorted and distributed the hundreds of pairs of shoes so generously donated by FUMCWP members and their friends.  They also found time to receive some puppy love from the new AVS mascot!

Stay tuned for more pictures and stories as the week progresses.  God is moving in this place!

Thank You Promiseland!

In Promiseland on Sunday, the kids made 200 hygiene kits for the refugees that are stranded in Los Chiles, Costa Rica. The kids packed the bags with a washcloth, soap, toothbrush and toothpaste. They also put in cards that said “Know that you are loved!” on the front. Each card was also personalized by the kids with a note or coloring. Thank you to all the kids and volunteers that helped spread the love of Jesus Christ with this meaningful project for people in need.

Welcome Home Mission Teams

We welcome home three returning mission teams today and celebrate their service: The Rebuilding Hope team led by Steve Schaal worked on building accessibility ramps, installing water lines and plumbing fixtures, and painting in Dalton, GA.  The Impact Singers served and sang their way to Key West and back at places like senior centers, botanical gardens and a wildlife refuge.  Locally, Student Ministry served at South Street all week by providing day camp and working on projects around that community.  Yesterday, our first Costa Rica team left for Agua Viva Serves.  They are led by Kent Akins, and will work to provide clean water and build relationships through offering VBS in Los Chiles this week.  Please keep them in your prayers.  Our church is practicing being the hands and feet of Jesus this summer all over the world!


I am shocked and angered and deeply saddened by the horrific shootings yesterday morning.  As each hour passes, my heart grows heavier for the victims and their families.  And with each news update there is a growing urgency to heal a world that would allow for such evil.  There will be a time for advocacy and justice.  It must come.  Now is the time for compassion and support and prayer. 

Our chapel will be open to all for prayer throughout this week. Please pray for those broken of body, recovering from their wounds, that they may be restored.  Pray for those who are broken of heart.  May God’s mercy overflow in the lives of those who have lost sons and daughters, brothers and sisters, partners and friends in this senseless tragedy.  Pray for those who are protectors and healers – for the doctors and nurses, the EMT’s and the police officers, the city officials and the spiritual leaders who are involved in helping us through this brokenness. Pray that they would not grow weary or faint of heart.  And pray for the LGBT community.  May they experience the grace of God so tangibly that they cannot mistake it.  And may they be buoyed by the love of God’s people and the support of the greater community of Orlando.  

-Rev. David Miller

Join us as we walk in remembrance of the victims of the tragic shooting at Pulse night club in downtown Orlando. View the event here. Although we are not hosting this, we are certainly supporting and attending.

Marcy Chapel is open for prayer all week from 7:00am – 9:00pm.

We will be having a Blood Drive on Sunday, June 26, 8:30am-1:30pm

You can save lives by donating blood. The bus will be located on Morse Blvd. right outside the Matthias Family Life Center Gym. For your convenience, sign up for an appointment in the courtyard on Sunday, June 19, or online at Donations are especially needed after the tragic events this past weekend at Pulse in downtown Orlando. 

Impact Singers Singing and Serving

Impact Singers will be singing and serving throughout Florida from June 11 through June 16.

We are excited to share God’s love throughout our state, and will be singing and serving at the following locations during the tour:

  • The Source
  • Coral Gables United Methodist Church
  • St. Mary’s Soup Kitchen
  • Samuel’s House
  • Mallory Square Sunset Celebration
  • Key West Health and Rehabilitation Center
  • Florida Keys National Wildlife Refuge

Serving Needs:

The Source:  Home Depot gift card(s) to use to purchase paint for their facility.  

Samuel’s House:  Personal hygiene items including brushes, combs, shampoo, conditioner, body wash (all products should be alcohol free). 

Please be in prayer for our 34 Impact Singers and 11 adults, and for those we will be serving.  Additionally, please join us for our homecoming concert on Thursday evening, June 16 at 7:00pm in the sanctuary.