UM ARMY is a week full of working and playing. This is by far one of the best trips we take all year. With over 100 adults and students joining us every year we spend a week at a host church and go out into the community building wheel chair ramps, porches, painting, repairing, and building relationships with our clients. In the evening we spend time together with different activities and outings. This is a trip for our students who will have completed 9-12th grade. Young adults and adults are encouraged to come as part of our leadership.
U. M. ARMY – Texas Conference is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with offices in La Porte, Texas. U. M. ARMY (United Methodist Action Reach-Out Mission by Youth) began in 1979 with a youth mission trip to Athens, Texas, where youth groups from several Houston churches gathered to provide home repair assistance to people in need.
Today this organization has grown to more than 30 separate missions throughout East and Southeast Texas with over 3,500 youth and adult volunteers annually. Our mission is two-fold; serving people in need, and providing young people an opportunity to mature in their faith-walk and life skills through Christian service.
Our mission is accomplished every summer when thousands of youth and adult volunteers sacrifice a week of their vacation to join God’s ARMY. Using a local Methodist church as a base where they gather to have their meals, sleep in classrooms, and worship in the Sanctuary, participants spend each day of the week providing free home repairs for low-income, elderly, and disabled homeowners in the surrounding area.