(Orange, Texas)

June 29, 2013

UM Army to camp in Orange County

Dawn Burleigh
The Orange Leader

ORANGE — The United Methodist Action Outreach Mission by Youth (UM Army) will in the Orange July 14-20, 2013 and in Bridge City July 21-27, 2013.

The group, consisting of over 1,000 youth and adults throughout Central, South and West Texas, sacrifice a week of their vacation to give to others. Using a local church as a home base for camp, participants spend the week providing work for low-income, elderly, and disabled homeowners in the surrounding areas. Projects include general repairs and clean up, building wheelchair ramps, porches, steps, handrails, painting, and mowing. Their mission is to provide Christ centered, quality youth work camps that serve people in need while promoting spiritual growth and leadership development in youth.

The organization contacts area agencies, schools and county offices who may be aware of certain needs within the community that fit within the scope of the work.

The group is not licensed electricians or plumbers and will work within the capabilities of the team.

There is no cost to the client and all materials are donated.

U.M. ARMY began in 1979 when 36 youth and adults from Houston area churches decided that rather than go to Tennessee for a mission project, they would save the travel money and spend it working on needs near home. The high cost of gas, long lines at gas stations and concerns about whether or not the group could make it there and back caused them to consider building a new ministry right in their own backyard.

If you know some one who may benefit from the camp, contact Jennifer Haney at 882-7838.