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Reaching people for Christ is our mission at First.
From local missions to ministry in outposts around the globe, First Methodist Midland believes in doing missions. We offer opportunities that are as varied as the skills that God has given you. And we will offer you blessing as you do your ministry.
   
Habitat for Humanity’s Apostle Build, 2018 was a Great Success!
We know what real love is because Jesus gave up his life for us. So we also ought to give up our lives for our brothers and sisters. If someone has enough money to live well and sees a brother or sister in need but shows no compassion—how can God’s love be in that person? Dear children, let’s not merely say that we love each other; let us show the truth by our actions.”                                              1 John 3:16-18 (NLT)
     On Saturday, December 1st with the great help of team leads Adam and Whitney Davidson twenty-three FUMC members gathered together to work with Habitat for Humanity’s Apostle Build of 2018.  *See more about Habitat for Humanity below.  Many thanks to our church for sponsoring the build with $10,000.00 in funding AND the physical labor of the following people:  Mark Edgar, Lindsay Oman, Bryce Oman, Elizabeth Deitch, Ed Runyan, Dana Runyan, Tom Thornton, Billy Priebe, Kenneth Priebe, Daniel Priebe, Lois Zeller, Daniel Harris, Phil Sheldon, Martie Coleman, Jim Collett, Adam Davidson, Walter Feaster, Sal Ramirez, Jill Dolloff, Mike LeMond, Raymond Diaz, Aaron Braden, and Linda Braden.  We worked on three houses that were in various stages of the construction process.  One group worked to paint the outside of a home that is close to family dedication.  One team worked to install rafters and decking on the roof of a second house while another team worked to install eave caps and porch rafters on a third house.  One team worked all day to clean up the grounds of all 3 houses by picking up trash and debris to keep the worksites clean and free of hazards.  None of us could claim much experience with home construction so Habitat’s Tony Valles had his hands full teaching and coaching.  We are grateful for his guidance and patience!
 
While these church members worked on the houses another team of church volunteers provided snacks throughout the day to keep the workers going.  This team included:  Whitney Davidson, Hillary Mathis, Nancy Dakil, Dana Runyan, and Debbie Byrd. Thank you
 
  Then, last but certainly not least, McAlister’s Deli at 2306 Rankin Highway graciously provided over $200 in meals and iced tea for our team of workers.  Be sure to tell them “thank you” next time you’re there!
 
*Habitat for Humanity is a non-profit housing organization working in all 50 states of the U.S. as well as 70 other countries.  It seeks to give affordable housing to families so they can have safe, decent shelter and in many cases, so they can build a new future from a secure base.  New Habitat homeowners help build their own homes alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage.  These new homeowners have several requirements that must be adhered to.  Some of the requirements include:  certain income qualifications and a minimum credit score of 550, no felony convictions in the last seven years, participation in a 16-week Homeowner’s College where prospective homeowners are taught aspects of homeownership that help transition them from renter to homeowner, and willingness to provide at least 350 hours of “sweat equity” to help build their new home. 

     Each fall Midland’s Habitat offers a chance for 12 churches/organizations to work together to support the building of one home which is called, “The Apostle Build.”  First United Methodist Church has long been a sponsor of funding and physical labor for this annual build.