Ministries We Support
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Sustainable Agriculture Community Garden
Hub of Prosperity Farm
In 2016, UTRGV Department of Agroecology and Edinburg First United Methodist Church launched a partnership to transform the 5 acre unused lot behind the church into a thriving agricultural community - the Hub of Prosperity Farm. Through the care and hard work of church members, university students and staff, and other community members and volunteers, the empty field has grown into a productive space for sustainable food production, education, research, and community events.
Seasonal fruits and vegetables grown at the Hub are available for sale at a weekly roadside farm stand on Mon Mack Rd. each Saturday morning 10 am - 12 pm from November through. They're also available for preorder through Sentli Center for Regenerative Agriculture. .Surplus vegetables find purpose through donations to the EFUMC and UTRGV campus food pantries or are shared with our dedicated volunteers.
During the school year (September - May), the Hub hosts a monthly community workshop on the second Saturday of each month on topics including irrigation, soil health, garden start-up, and more. We also provide growing space for those aspiring to farm and garden in the form of 20 raised beds and 8 larger incubator farm plots.
For more information on the Hub of Prosperity, follow the farm on Facebook or Instagram or check out rgvagroecology.com. Volunteers and tour groups are welcome, just email farm manager Stephanie at email@example.com to arrange a time or ask any questions!
University Campus Ministries
The United Methodist Campus Ministry of the Rio Grande Valley (UMCMRGV) serves as an ecumenical Christ-centered organization serving students at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) and South Texas College (STC). The ministry is an active participant in social issues through education, actions, and service projects. As a Christian organization, our goal to provide guidance to all people by helping them grow spiritually and by serving as an organization that encourages fellowship and support. The ministry will strive to create an environment which enables students’ growth and development and encourages educational persistence and academic achievement, assisting students in the development of meaningful educational plans that are compatible with their personal abilities and vocational goals.
Project Transformation Rio Texas
Our mission is to transform communities by engaging children, college-age young adults, and churches in purposeful relationships.
Project Transformation’s collaborative model of ministry harnesses the creative energy and leadership of college age young adults, who live in intentional Christian community, and lead summer and after-school programs for children in various underserved neighborhoods. Each week, interns meet with church and nonprofit leaders to explore various ministry-related vocations and spend time discerning their vocational call to life-long service. The programs are held at United Methodist churches located in the heart of low-income neighborhoods, thereby helping those churches connect in meaningful ways with their communities. Dozens of other churches and organizations throughout southwest Texas partner together to support this work, investing in young lives with their time and resources.