Center for Missional Outreach News
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Tuesday, November 4, 2014
11:30 am - 1:30 pm
Room 107, 500 Maplelawn Drive, Plano, TX 75075
About Willie: A missionary with the General Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church, Guillermo (Willie) Berman Ramirez is serving in his home country of Mexico as the Mexican Methodist Border Mission Coordinator based in Reynosa. Serving in a similar ministry since 2001, Willie has worked with VIM teams from annual conferences in Louisiana, Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Ohio, Tennessee and Iowa.
About David: Rev. David M. Ceballos is a missionary with the General Board of Global Ministries serving as a church developer with the Evangelical Methodist Church of Panama (IEMPA), specifically in the area of Punta Delgadita, near Santiago de Veraguas. He and his wife, Cindy, also a missionary, previously served in Honduras and Barcelona, Spain. They were assigned to Panama in early 2012.
About Cindy: Cynthia D. (Cindy) Ceballos is a missionary with the General Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church serving since early 2012 as community health coordinator for a ministry linked to an emerging church in Punta Delgadita, located in the central region of Panama. A nurse, she was formerly medical ministries coordinator of the Honduras Mission, and she and her husband, David, also a missionary, earlier served in Barcelona, Spain.
There are several areas where volunteers might serve in the Texas Rio Grande Valley area. Keep in mind that the need for volunteers in a specific area varies from day to day. Groups that volunteer need to be prepared to serve in any of the following areas:
- The Food Bank of the Rio Grande Valley in Pharr is the collection site for donated goods. There is an ongoing need for people to sort and organize donations. The various locations serving the immigrants notify the Food Bank of their needs on a daily basis, and the requested donations (if available) are then distributed to those locations. The greatest need for volunteers is in this area at this moment.
- The Salvation Army in McAllen prepares daily meals for the immigrants. They require volunteers to work in their kitchen with food preparation and in their warehouse and their store as well.
- Sacred Heart Catholic Church in McAllen is the welcoming center for the McAllen-Pharr area. Volunteers are needed there daily to assist with intake, sorting, distribution, and whatever else is needed. The number of volunteers needed on a given day varies, but some are always needed.
- The Salvation Army also needs volunteers at Sacred Heart with food service.
- Immaculate Concepcion Center in Brownsville is also a welcoming center where volunteers are welcome.
- If the interest is in serving in Laredo, there are opportunities there as well.
There is always a need for volunteers, but we cannot tell very far in advance where exactly the volunteers would be placed on a given day. The first four locations above are in the immediate McAllen-Pharr area. Wherever hands are needed, small as a job may seem, it all serves our sisters and brothers in so much need.
There are several churches in the area that can house volunteer groups as well as numerous local hotels.
Of course, the greatest need of all is monetary donations which should be directed to the McAllen District UMC Office!
Bishops Receiving Medical Supplies
Dallas-based MediSend International is partnering with West African United Methodist church leaders, Bishop John K. Yambasu of Sierra Leone and Bishop John Innis of Liberia to send emergency shipments of desperately needed supplies to be distributed to overwhelmed hospitals and clinics.
The Ebola crisis continues to rage in West Africa. Families throughout the region are living in fear and grief, watching their loved ones suffer and die. Healthcare workers are exhausted and running out of critically needed resources. They are working in dire circumstances and at great personal risk. The United Methodist Church has hospitals and clinics in the most affected countries, including Ganta Hospital in Liberia (Advance #15080N) and Kissy General Hospital in Sierra Leone (Advance #14536).
MediSend’s Containers of Hope – 40-foot containers filled with approximately 1,000 cases of medical supplies – are being prepared for delivery to the United Methodist Church in Sierra Leone and Liberia. The sponsorship of a 40-foot container filled with life-saving supplies is $25,000 including shipping.
If your church would like to support this effort, please feel free to contact Marji Hill at 972-526-5000, ext. 220, or Nick Hallack, CEO of MediSend International, at 214-575-5006, ext. 112. MediSend welcomes sponsoring groups to be part of the packing, labeling and loading of the containers that will deliver hope and blessed relief to our brothers and sisters in Africa suffering and dying from this dreaded virus.
In November, the North Texas Annual Conference will be visited by two missionary couples.
October 31 - November 14, 2014
November 4 – Missionary Lunch with the Ceballos and Willie Berman of Mexico at the North Texas Ministry Center. Details to be announced at a later date.
November 16 - 30, 2014
These missionaries are available to share their stories with youth groups, women's circles, men's groups, and all others. Sponsoring churches will receive priority.
Anyone interested in scheduling time with these missionaries and/or hosting them overnight can contact the North Texas Conference Secretary of Global Ministries, Serena Eckert.
As the Ebola virus continues to spread in West Africa (now a Level 3 warning in Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia: non-essential travel is prohibited), we want to re-emphasize all mission teams to please take all health warnings very seriously. It is also important for team leaders to check with your in-country project leader, the Centers for Disease Control, the World Health Organization and/or the U.S. State Department for vaccination requirements or any other warnings before you travel.
Why is this so important? Recently, a student won a $41.7 million settlement for a disease she contracted while on a school trip. The court determined that the school failed to take basic safety precautions to protect the minor children in its care. All churches who sponsor overseas trips for minors (and adults) need to check the CDC for disease risks in the areas where they will be travelling and take reasonable precautions. This is one of the topics covered in our UMVIM Team Leader Class which will be held in our Ministry Center on October 25, 2014. We strongly encourage all people who plan to lead a mission trip to take this class and learn best practices in regards to short-term mission teams.
Regardless of destination, teams and individuals traveling internationally for mission purposes need to take advantage of our free Conference health insurance coverage. Click here for more information.
The General Board of Global Ministry seeks experienced volunteers to support agricultural work, manage finances
NEW YORK CITY (GBGM) – Una Jones, Assistant General Secretary for Mission Volunteers at the United Methodist General Board of Global Ministries, recently issued an urgent appeal for volunteers to help fill the ministry gap left by the death of Tshala Mwengo (in an April car accident) until more permanent help is secured. There is a need for an experienced individual to support the agricultural work and manage the finances of the Mujila Falls project in Zambia.
Interested volunteers available for three- to six-month short-term assignments can contact Una Jones.
MISSION POSSIBLE KIDS is a non-profit which began 11 years ago at Christ United Methodist Church in Plano, Texas. Today, Mission Possible Kids has local church chapters in 35 states.
The ministry was recently honored with a national award from the Points of Light Foundation. They will receive a commendation letter from former President George H.W. Bush. The award celebrates the power of the individual to spark change and improve the world. Click here to read more about the award for MPKids.
The goal of Mission Possible Kids is simple—to empower kids to change the world through missions. Click here to find out how you can personally start a chapter in your church.
The North Texas Conference recently received the following call for assistance from the Mississippi Conference.
Winston County, Mississippi, is in need of volunteer teams to serve in the county and city of Louisville, Mississippi, as they recover from April's devastating tornado. Hundreds of homes were destroyed. Many that were not destroyed sustained major damage. Teams need to have trained team leaders.
To serve, contact Jeff Walton, United Methodist Volunteer Coordinator, at 662-617-1077.
You may also contact Rev. Larry Hagard, United Methodist Volunteer Scheduler, at 662-803-5748.