Center for Missional Outreach News
We are seeking a few mission-minded people to join us on May 9-13, 2016. We’ll be doing light construction and repairs at the Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference Center in Okmulgee, Oklahoma. The cost will be $130, plus travel and food expenses.
For more information, please contact Rev. Jon Lord via email or phone at 504-432-1979.
A mission sponsored by First UMC, Baton Rouge will travel to Nairobi, Kenya, then to Maua Methodist Hospital for a construction/Bible school mission October 4-20, 2016. The approximate cost per person is $3,600.
Contact Judy Foust via email or phone at 225-938-2172.
The Arkansas Conference is offering four mission team opportunities to Cuba:
August 19-26, 2016
September 2016 (dates TBA)
January 19-30, 2017
March 2017 (dates TBA)
For more information, please contact Nechi Fullerton.
New North Texas UMC Global Health initiative being planned for Haiti
Initiative to prevent cervical cancer
A small North Texas committee has formed to begin an initiative to prevent cervical cancer in Haiti. Cervical cancer is an important women's reproductive health problem, especially in developing countries, where over 80 percent of the 231,000 yearly deaths from cervical cancer occur. Yet these deaths can be readily prevented.
The committee consist of:
- James Cundiff, We Care Haiti
- Lori Halderman, M.D., member of First UMC McKinney
- Rev. Marji Hill, Associate Director of Missional Outreach, NTCUMC
- Mary Gillilan, R.N.
- Rev. Janet Cavalier, staff at First UMC of McKinney
- Ellen L. Palmer, Ph.D., M.S.N., R.N. and member of First UMC of McKinney
Dr. Ellen L. Palmer is coordinating the effort with Dr. Junie of King's Hospital in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Dr. Junie will serve as the medical director of the project. They are in contact with Carol Van-Gorp of United Methodist Women in New York City, an organization which has expressed interest in the project. The United Methodist denomination has made Global Health a priority.
More manikins needed for SimLab
Laerdal manikin Nursing Anne is designed for scenario-based training for the care and management of basic patient handling skills to advanced nursing skills.
Another project being funded by churches around the Conference includes a medical simulation laboratory set up with specialized manikins to train nurses. Walnut Hill UMC member Becky Baird, M.S., R.N.-B.C., C.N.E., C.M.S.R.N., is also helping with this effort.
They would like to purchase two more Laerdal manikins, Nursing Anne and Nursing Eva.
Nursing Anne will provide training on a wide range of patient issues. Skills taught include clinical training in women’s health, obstetrics, postpartum, wound assessment/care, and general patient assessment/care.
Nursing Anne will be added to the Grace Children’s Hospital Simulation Lab as a donation from the UMW. The estimated cost of a new Nursing Anne is $4,500. This cost includes the SimPad System that will allow upgraded features, such as vocalizations, heart sounds, breath sounds and bowels sounds, plus data storage, in the future as the SimLab expands.
Want to help?
Funds are needed to help pay for both the new cancer prevention initiative and the simulation manikins. If your church would like to participate in this program, please contact Dr. Palmer or Associate Director Marji Hill.
In a few days, Amigos Days will "make it happen" once more by contributing our love, skills, and time to make life better for our neighbors. Here is some vital information as we gear up for April 22-23, 2016 and April 29-30, 2016.
The host churches that will be hosting the luncheons on both weekends are Tyler Street UMC, Casa Linda UMC, Warren UMC and Pleasant Mound-Urban Park UMC. The first week, we are having TAMALES! And the second week, fried chicken.
This year we have 21 churches involved. Participating churches with teams include:
Rev. Edgar Bazan, Amigos Coordinator, has done an amazing job of organizing all this for his first year! If you would like to participate in this program let us know, this is an annual project that is open to all North Texas Conference churches.
Global Health Project Grant and Scholarship Opportunity
Funding is available for health projects benefiting African-American or Caucasian-American vulnerable elderly persons or children through the Harry R. Kendall Fund. For more details, see the project application form.
In addition, a scholarship is available to persons of African American or Hispanic descent who are planning to pursue a health-related career or are already practitioners in the health care field.
Completed application (one original and two copies of the application), one-page narrative, references, transcript or letter of acceptance / admission must be received by May 31, 2016. Email completed applications to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applicants will receive written notification whether or not a scholarship has been awarded by November 30, 2016.
The Harry R. Kendall Fund is administered by Global Ministries, Global Health, The United Methodist Church (formerly UMCOR Health and formerly Health and Welfare Ministries). Funding is awarded upon recommendation of the Harry R. Kendall Committee, now the Global Health Funding Review Committee, and approval of the Board of Directors. All decisions are final.
Clarksville, Texas, Residents Clean Up Tornado Damage
ERT responders in Clarksville, Texas
Last Thursday, March 17, 2016, an EF1 tornado struck the small East Texas town of Clarksville, located in Red River County. This particular area is of great concern to the Conference as it is a focus of our Zip Code Connection initiative.
Shortly after the tornado struck, the Conference staff were alerted to the damage by Melinda Watters, a Conference staff member with the Zip Code Connection in Red River County. “We’ve been hit by a tornado,” she said to supervisor Dr. Lynn Parsons, Director of the Zip Code Connection. Later she called Rev. Marji Hill, Disaster Response Coordinator. Hill requested assistance from the conference’s UMCOR trained Early Response Teams.
“Our biggest need is chainsaw teams,” Watters said. “There are hundreds of trees down, some through roofs of homes. Metal roofs, awnings and structures peeled up like tuna cans. Of course, there is a lot of shingles damage as well. Many homes look like you ran your hands across them the wrong way.”
Watter's husband, Ryan Watters, later sent these comments about the ERT effort:
“I just spoke with Bob, one of the Red River County employees in Precinct 4, to follow up with them regarding the chainsaw teams that came out to help on Saturday. His response when I asked him how it went on Saturday was, ‘I’m going to be really honest with you ... they were incredible and an absolute God-send.’
“He was amazed at how much they accomplished and continually stated how appreciative they were. ‘I don’t even know how we can thank them enough,’ he said. Bob said they managed to get most of the large debris cut up into manageable sizes for hauling which he couldn't believe. He said, ‘Those people came to work!’”
United Methodists in Brussels Safe after Attacks
Two United Methodist leaders and a mission team from the United Methodist East Ohio Conference are safe after traveling through the Brussels International Airport during the terror attacks on March 22, 2016, which have left more than 30 people dead and dozens injured.
“I am thankful to God for the safety of our team,” said Bishop John Hopkins, East Ohio Conference. “I am praying for the people of Brussels as they recover from this terrible terrorist act.”
Native American Ministry Site in Clinton, OK, Seeks Partners
Donna Pewo teaches the children a lesson about prayer.
Did you know that there is a Native American mission site you can visit that is only a few hours away from the DFW metroplex?
The Reverende Donna Chaat Pewo is a missionary with the General Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church, serving as a Church and Community Worker at the Clinton and El Reno Church and Community Ministry of the Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference (OIMC).
The Clinton/El Reno ministry, a priority of the OIMC, primarily serves children of the Cheyenne-Arapaho Tribes in a rural area west of Oklahoma City. It includes worship, tutoring, and recreation. The ministry was launched when a former lay missioner saw the call for a church to respond to the needs of area children, many of them poor, surrounded by substance abuse, and having problems in school. It began with a very small group whose numbers increased to 35 in 2011.
The ministry strives to win the trust of the Cheyenne and Arapaho, who have a skeptical view of Methodists. The Cheyenne and Arapaho remember that about 180 of their people, including many children, were massacred at Sand Creek, Colorado, in 1864 by a territorial militia led by a Methodist preacher, an action for which the contemporary church has apologized. The United Methodist Church also contributed to a Sand Creek memorial.
Donna Pewo is a licensed local pastor of the OIMC. She recently welcomed Associate Director Marji Hill and her husband, Rick Hill, who visited the site.
"When the kids sang their hymns in Arapaho and Choctaw, it was so moving to me" said Hill. "This would be a wonderful place to take a mission team." Teams are able to stay in a nearby Wesley Center.
For more information about taking a Volunteer in Mission team to visit Rev. Pewo, email the NTC Center for Missional Outreach.
The Mission Volunteer program sponsored by Global Ministries provides opportunities for people to serve from two months to two years in a variety of ministries around the world.
To view the newly available opportunities, visit the Mission Volunteers website.
Global Mission Fellows:
Are you graduating soon? What are your plans for the next two years?
Be a part of a life-transforming mission opportunity by becoming a Global Mission Fellow. Global Ministries is look for candidates to serve as young adult missionaries from 2016-2018.
Interested? Apply today!
The application deadline is March 31, 2016.