missions/outreach ministries

  • family promise homeless ministry

    host week July 24 - July 30

    Desert Spring Church is proud to partner with Family Promise of Las Vegas to help local homeless families secure jobs and homes. We house several families for one week four times per year. We give them shelter, food and fellowship, and are blessed in return.

    There’s a huge reward in connecting with people who are different than you, and seeing the results of your donated time, food, and genuine care.

    Questions: Please contact Bob Lathrop, Family Promise Coordinator at bob.lathrop@gmail.com.

    For more information about Family Promise, please visit


  • 2017 backpack & school supply drive

    please return donations by august 4

    WHO:  This year we will donate backpacks filled with school supplies to Walter Jacobson  Elementary

    WHAT:  Backpacks filled with school items listed 

    WHERE:  Just bring filled backpacks to DSUMC and we will deliver them to the school (or you can donate funds and we will do the shopping for you!)

    WHEN:  You may bring the filled backpacks anytime beginning July 16th.  We will deliver the packs to the school on August 4th.

    RECOMMENDED ITEMS Backpack, Notebooks, Paper ,#2 Pencils, Crayons,    Erasers, Washable markers, Safety scissors, Glue, Sticks,  Rulers, Binders, Colored Pencils, Folders, Spiral Notebooks, Dry Erase Markers, Tissues,  Ear Buds, Flash Drives

  • las vegas rescue mission

    Thursday, august 10, 4pm

    Please join us in serving dinner at the Las Vegas Rescue Mission on

    Thursday, August 10.

    A team from Desert Spring comes together the second Thursday of each month to provide for those less fortunate. We need you to help make a difference as we continue to develop deeply committed followers of Jesus Christ through this mission.

    We meet in the church parking lot at 4pm and we return at 7pm. Please let the church office you are coming so we can be assured we have enough seat belts for everyone.

  • street teens

    donations needed

    The Desert Spring Mission team is assisting Street Teens with donations of needed items.

    Street Teens helps homeless & disadvantaged youth between the ages of 12 and 21. They provide a hot evening meal, shower and laundry facilities, and a safe compassionate environment each evening.

    United Methodist Women's Ruth Circle has supported Street Teens with financial contributions each month.

    However, they still need these items:

    Canned & Boxed Nonperishable Food Items


    Sleeping Bags & Mats

    Sneakers & Socks

    Hygiene Products

    You can bring your donation to the church and place it in the donation bin inside the Multi-Purpose Room lobby. Thank you!



    Volunteers regularly go to the Three Square Food Pantry to help pack food for the hungry of the Las Vegas Valley. Our next work day is coming soon! 

    Come as a family ages 10 and up or by yourself to work a shift.

    The dress code is closed toe shoes, no tank tops and no short shorts, please.

    For more information on our Tuesday group, please contact Diane Dempsey at scs20quilter@gmail.com.

    For more information on our Thursday group, please contact Gail Eason-Steele at GEMmum@AOL.com.

  • a thank you from our missionaries

    The Bremer family, our missionaries in South America write, 

    "Dear Pastor Dave & Desert Spring UMC, 

    We wanted to thank you for your continued support of us. We are nearly done with language school and are eager to get to Bolivia. I also wanted to let you know that every morning when I wake up, John is wrapped up in his prayer shawl doing his Bible Study. I think of you all every time I see this! So than you for blessing us in so many ways! 

    Much love, 

    The Bremer Family" 

  • second africa university mission trip

    for bob and marion bell

    The United Methodist Church's investment in Africa University now goes into scholarships for students - especially orphans and females - who are hardworking and socially engaged, but have no way to pay for a university education on their own. 

    God has enriched Africa with many commodities and treasures. Unfortunately, many countries have historically been exploited, and today have high unemployment rates, homelessness and starvation. Yet Africa University is poised to continue making a tremendous difference throughout the continent of Africa, by providing advanced training and preparation for people from more than 26 countries, and building leadership and other skills to stabilize and positively impact the continent for generations to come. 

    The Vice Chancellor of Africa University said, "The university matters because a relevant and holistic education generates a living legacy that changes everything."

    Bob and Marion Bell, from Desert Spring,  contributed their time and talents to the university, and arrived back home on December 19, 2016.

    Here are a few words from Dr. Marion Bell regarding their most recent trip to AU, "Thank you all for the warm welcome we received when we returned on Dec. 19. We had an excellent experience, but it is so good to be home. I was so busy, I could not write a BLOG this time, as I did in 2014. We have many wonderful experiences to share. Some of you have heard me say I had nearly 400 students. The actual number was 383. I taught Transformational Leadership which involves teaching leaders to lead with a focus on “Change,” particularly where change is essential, as the case is in most of the African countries. And, the other major component is to “Inspire” others to lead. As many of you are aware, the continent of Africa is rich in more natural resources than any other continent, and yet people are begging on the streets and starving. Africa University states in its Mission and Vision statements that they are a Leadership University; however, Leadership was not offered as a course to undergraduate students. The student population is comprised of students who reside in 26 different countries. Once they learn to lead with integrity, compassion and love, they will become “World Changers” and Africa will be the continent God intended.

    It was a privilege to teach at Africa University, and Bob and I are so grateful to all of you for your prayers and your financial support. It is because of your generosity that we were able to assist the Africans. We cannot thank you enough. God bless you all!" 


  • a different kind of christmas

    Each year, Desert Spring does Christmas a little differently.

    We call it “A Different Kind of Christmas”.

    For Christians, Christmas is a celebration of Jesus’ birth. At Desert Spring, each Christmas we choose a mission project to give as a gift to our community. We intentionally choose ambitious projects that will stretch us, gifts worthy of Jesus’ birth.

    Three years ago, we saved the lives of 6,200 children who would have otherwise died of Malaria through a partnership with Imagine No Malaria. Two years ago, we built a Habitat for Humanity home for a family of ten. Last year we fed the hungry 150,000 meals through a partnership with Three Square. In 2016 we raised over $35,000 for the Veterans Transition Resource Center to help active duty military, veterans and their families.

    How do we raise the money? We ask Desert Spring folks to willingly give up receiving gifts and instead to participate in the mission. And, instead of giving gifts to people who don’t really need them, we ask people to give gifts in honor of friends and family by participating in the mission. We ask Desert Spring children if they would like to give up receiving one gift in order that those funds go to the mission. The goal of “A Different Kind of Christmas” is simple; Let’s make Christmas about Jesus!

    A word from Brian Burton, CEO of Three Square, "I am SO excited having visited Desert Spring UMC and experiencing at close range, feeling the genuine enthusiasm and mission heart of your church! Your pastoral leadership is solid – high energy -- and your lay leadership is incredible – such passion and joy. I can’t get over how much thoughtful time and preparation you and others have invested in this partnership. It is clear that you are getting the word out about a Different Kind of Christmas. I appreciate very much Pastor David giving me the opportunity to share in your worship services last Sunday. I have rarely felt such a heartfelt welcome as I have at Desert Spring. The added gift this week at Three Square is that three different people – all members of your church – were here and stopped me in the hallway to express their gratitude and excitement about this project!"

    in 2017, Desert Spring looks forward to giving Jesus another gift worthy of our Savior.

  • giving tree

    Through the Giving Tree program, Desert Spring provides children from Head Start Centers a Christmas gift, and each family receives enough food for a holiday feast.

    In 201, Desert Spring provided gifts and holiday meals for 250 children and their families.