Volunteers and supplies sought for March 25-26 'Guatemalan Mobile Consulate' in Memphis


Above photos are from a December 2015 mobile unit of the Guatemalan Consulate hosted by the Southeast Memphis Cooperative Parish (Aldersgate, Asbury and El Redentor United Methodist Churches).Guatemalan people living in the U.S. were able to travel to one place at one time to get photo IDs and passports made, as well as conduct other consulate business such as recording births, marriages and deaths. File photos by Lane Gardner Camp.

By Rev. Kristofer Roof, Peace Tree UMC, Collierville, TN

The Guatemalan Mobile Consulate is returning to the Mid-South to assist our Guatemalan neighbors with forms and other documentation that will ensure these persons have up-to-date passports, official government identification cards, marriage licenses and birth certificates. Individuals travel from Missouri, Arkansas, Mississippi and all over West Tennessee to see consulate officials

Trinity United Methodist Church and Iglesia Metodista Unida "El Redentor" in Memphis, Tennessee, are hosting the consulate on March 25-26 (8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday).

The event will take place at Trinity United Methodist Church at 1738 Galloway Ave., Memphis, TN 38112

Friends from Peace Tree United Methodist Church in Collierville, Tennessee, and other area churches are volunteering during this event, and are looking for others who can help in one or more of the following ways:

  • Hospitality 
  • Spanish/English translation
  • Childcare
  • Parking lot security
  • Copy room
  • Anything else 
To volunteer, visit the online volunteer form (http://bit.ly/2dfz1xF) or email peacetreeumc@gmail.com with the time slot and volunteer area in which you plan to serve.

It takes over 100 volunteers to make this consulate visit a success. In December 2015, over 1,200 people attended, and in October 2016, over 1,600 people attended at Asbury United Methodist Church in Memphis. 

Please consider how your congregation, youth group or Sunday school classes can partner with this ministry.

Donations of supplies also are needed: bottled water, copy paper and toilet paper. Drop off donations at Trinity United Methodist Church at 1738 Galloway Avenue, Memphis, TN 38112.

CLICK HERE to read Jan. 11, 2016 story about the mobile unit of the Guatemalan Consulate.