Team Reflections - Sanlando UMC: Longwood, FL

 

The Sanlando United Methodist Church in Longwood, FL has been sending Volunteer in Mission (VIM) teams to Haiti, Jamaica, Columbia, Ecuador and other countries in the Americas for more than 30 years. This year Sanlando sent a team of 25 members to Costa Rica at the request of Marion Woods of the Costa Rican Methodist Rural Center. Our primary mission was to assist the Iglesia Evangelica Methodista Fuente de Vida Church in La Palma, Costa Rica. They needed assistance to comply with new Costa Rica regulations regarding accessibility, bathrooms and noise abatement. Other mission objectives for our team included providing sewing machines and instruction in quilting, conducting vacation Bible school for the children of the community, providing school supplies to the Pastor for distribution to the needy and providing additional financial resources to the Church. The funding is and was used to purchase needed supplies to meet noise abatement and bathroom requirements as well as supplies to widen the sidewalks to meet accessibility regulations.