Nicaragua Mission Trip
Trinity’s first delegation to Nicaragua traveled in February 2014. A group of twelve, including Pastor John Mueller, had the opportunity to visit a sewing program funded by the Nicaragua Covenant, some tourist sites to learn about Nicaraguan history, and the mountain village of Las Mercedes in the municipality of San Francisco Libre. Las Mercedes was the site of a large water project funded by TUMC. This was the first time congregation members visited the well. Through fund-raising, this group also funded the building of twenty stoves. Trinity worked with the Nicaragua Covenant and El Porvenir to support the fabrication of stoves in many homes. The stoves provided better fuel-efficient cooking and healthy ventilation, which will have long-term impacts on the health of women and children.
In April of 2015, a second delegation traveled to Nicaragua. They visited another sewing program and funded and built eight stoves in the mountain village of El Biague. The delegation stayed two nights in the community, staying at local homes. In addition to providing financial support for the stoves, the delegation delivered material aid for school, books, and seeds for Las Mercedes, sewing supplies to support a women’s sewing school, and dental supplies fir the Amanecer Mobile Health Clinic.
The third delegation visited in April of 2016. Material aid was delivered to a sewing school in Managua, dental supplies for the Mobile Health Clinic, and school supplies for students in El Biajue and Las Mercedes. They also provided funding for the construction of six latrines in Las Mercedes. Over 600 blocks weighing ten pounds each needed to be moved and the delegation members stepped up to the task!
Every trip includes a large component of fund raising and would not be possible without the ongoing support of the TUMC congregational members. Fund-raising efforts consist of individual contributions, Christmas Is Not Your Birthday, serving Easter Breakfast, March Madness, Chili’s fund-raising dinners, contributions from the Mission Committee, coffee sales, and Lenten Lunches. Material ais is donated by many congregational members as well as people from the greater Springfield community.
Trinity’s service to our sisters and brothers in Nicaragua continues to thrive. The next delegation will occur during school break in April of 2017. Further details will be forthcoming. However, if you would like more information now, please contact Sandra Collins.
We believe that God calls all Christians to be in ministry in the world.
Check out some of the other ways we at Trinity Church are currently reaching out to others:
Membership & Evangelism Activities
And stop by the Connection Point (our information booth) in Asbury Hall on Sunday after our worship service to find ways YOU can get involved!
To learn more about Trinity, and other United Methodist churches, are doing to help others:
Food Bank of Western Massachusetts
Trinity Church has begun a partnership with The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts. On the first and third Wednesdays of each month,
the Mobile Food Bank truck will arrive in Trinity’s parking lot.
In case of bad weather, contact the Food Bank of Western MA
(413) 247-9738 to find out if the food truck will be coming.
Volunteers distribute fresh produce at no cost to families with food insecurities in the neighborhood.
Sign-in begins at 1:30 PM and distribution time is 2:00 – 2:45 PM.
Please bring your own bags or cart to carry the food.
This program will run year-round,…rain or shine!
For more information about the Mobile Food Bank, please call:
To volunteer with distribution, contact Marilyn at