Floris UMC sends mission teams nationally and internationally with the goal of bringing joy, hope and positive change to people around the world. There are multiple opportunities to travel with a team.

Sierra Leone

Join us in service at the Child Rescue Centre and Mercy Hospital in Sierra Leone in 2020. Projects may include medical work, staff training and light construction. However, anyone with a heart for service is welcome to apply.

Estimated Travel Dates:
April 18-May 2, 2020
July 18-August 1, 2020
October 17-October 31, 2020
December 26, 2020-January 3, 2021

Interest Meetings:
October 27, 2019 (For April 2020 trip)
January 26, 2020 (For July 2020 trip)
April 26, 2020 (For October 2020 trip)
June 28, 2020 (For December 2020 trip)

Application Deadlines:
October 31, 2019 (For April 2020 trip)
January 31, 2020 (For July 2020 trip)
April 30, 2020 (For October 2020 trip)
June 30, 2020 (For December 2020 trip)

All team members must be 18 years or older at time of travel and must have a valid passport. Each team member must raise a minimum of $3,200 in order for HCW to send you on a team. All donations for HCW are tax deductible. Fundraising deadlines will be determined at the first team training session. If deadlines are not met, you may transfer your application to another trip.

All interest meetings will be held at 2 p.m. at the HCW office in Chantilly, VA. Teleconference is available for those unable to attend in person.

For questions contact Linda Reinhard at mission@helpingchildrenworldwide.org or 703-793-9521.


Honduras Mission Trip

Floris UMC and Restoration Reston will be launching a joint mission trip to The Leadership Center (TLC) in Honduras. The Center is run by Leadership Mission International, a US-based nonprofit that creates entrepreneurial employment opportunities for young women.

TLC is a residential school (two and half year program) in rural Honduras that educates, trains and develops young women to become the next generation of ethical leaders. Students learn English, leadership, community development and entrepreneurship.

A mission team will be formed and finalized by November 1, 2019 to spend a week (February 15-22, 2020) at the campus of TLC.

While there, the mission team will participate in:

  • Leading and participating in the classroom (4 classes a day)
  • Assisting students with reading books in English
  • Working with students on chores around the farm
  • Attending and facilitating special programs/seminars after school and in the evenings
  • Daily devotionals and bible study

Team members must be willing to commit to the following requirements:

  • Complete an application
  • Attend training sessions (October 27, November 17, January 9)
  • Read TLC handbook

The expected costs for the trip:

  • a. $500 for room and board (covers your in-country transportation, food, lodging and other related costs.)
  • b. $500-700 for airfare (subject to change based on flight availability and additional fees)
  • c. $30 (approximately) for International Health Insurance
  • d. $50-$100 cash – personal spending

The joint mission team has a maximum capacity of 16, so space is limited. Please fill out an application to be considered as a candidate of this mission team. Team members will be selected from both campuses.

For more information on The Leadership Center check out: https://leadershipmissioninternational.org/


Cuba Mission Trips

Beginning in 2007, Floris UMC has sent mission teams to Cuba annually (typically in May and June) through United Methodist Volunteers in Mission (UMVIM). These teams focus primarily on rebuilding churches, while missioners also offer financial and spiritual support to the Methodist Church of Cuba. Construction teams work throughout the country, wherever the need is greatest.

If you are interested or want more information about our work in Cuba, contact Aldo Gonzalez.


Haiti Mission Trips

Floris UMC began sending short-term mission volunteers to participate in Haiti rebuilding efforts after the devastating earthquake of 2010. Over a three-year recovery period, six different Floris United Methodist Volunteers in Mission (UMVIM) teams traveled to various parts of Haiti to assist in reconstruction projects identified by the Methodist Church of Haiti (EMH). As rebuilding and disaster relief ended, Floris UMC aligned with the Haiti Partnership to build relationships and work collaboratively with Haitian partners for sustained community development.

Upcoming missions to Haiti will be posted soon.


National Relief Trips

At least twice a year Floris UMC sends a team somewhere in the United States to help with natural disaster destruction. In partnership with other United Methodist Churches, Floris UMC helps families and communities recover. All levels of experience are welcome.

Check back for future information on trips in 2019 and 2020.

Interested volunteers should contact Tim Wells for more information.