Center for Missional Outreach News
The Bishop Joel and Dr. Raquel Martinez Disaster Ministry Center in Kerrville, Texas
On Monday, December 8, 2014, the mission truck left the North Texas Ministry Center, headed to Kerrville, Texas. The Southwest Texas Conference (soon to be Rio Texas) has a disaster ministry center there that is part of the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) network. The relief supplies will be stored there until they can be taken to the larger UMCOR depot in Baldwin, Louisiana.
After Hurricanes Rita and Ike impacted Texas, many Conferences became aware of the need for more infrastructure, with the realization that disasters can happen any time. The Southwest Texas Conference built their center in 2010, which is named after Bishop Joel and Dr. Raquel Martinez. It was officially dedicated on December 10, 2010.
Many North Texas Conference churches contributed to our shipment of supplies which includes a variety of kits, including kits for bedding, school, health, and cleaning. Having a facility so close by in Kerrville helps us to contribute more easily than before.
According to Kathy Kraiza, executive director of the material resources ministry of the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR), “The kits not only fill a need, they are a symbol of hope—especially meaningful during the Advent Season. A cleaning bucket may not seem like much when you’re facing a flooded house, but it’s a symbol that you are not alone. Someone made that kit, someone packed that kit, and our prayers went with it.”
If your church would like to assemble any of the UMCOR kits for the next trip, visit the their website for instructions on what to include:
Blessings to All this Advent Season
United Methodists once again responded with extravagant generosity on UMC #GivingTuesday. On December 2, 2014, more than $2.5 million was donated online through The Advance to support mission and ministries around the world. The denomination’s General Board of Global Ministries matched the first $1 million in gifts to help build excitement and leverage donations. More than 770 projects and missionaries received more 8,700 gifts through UMC #GivingTuesday. The response was global with donors from 25 countries giving generously.
The United Methodist Church has become a model for other organizations wanting to participate in the larger #GivingTuesday campaign. Global Ministries was among the partners invited to the White House by the Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation on October 6, 2014, to promote and support #GivingTuesday. And an article in USA Today highlighted The United Methodist Church among the significant participants, reporting, “Big names – Microsoft to United Methodist General Board of Global Ministries and PayPal – got involved this year with promises to match donations.”
The Advance is the designated giving channel of the United Methodist Church.
Message from Rev. Gaston Warner
Executive Director, ZOE
Dear friends of ZOE,
It is incredible to see God’s hand at work when looking back. This is certainly the case for how God has guided ZOE over the past ten years to become the ministry it is today:
• from the early days in 2004 when ZOE began providing meals and school uniforms to children in Zimbabwe left in the wake of the HIV/AIDS pandemic;
• to piloting a new program developed by Epiphanie Mujawimana and a team of Rwandan social workers that empowered orphans to become self-sufficient;
• to today when ZOE is transforming the lives of over 23,000 children across seven countries and three continents with its effective and distinctive three-year empowerment program.
None of this would be possible without people like you, joining hands with others across the world to bring hope to the most desperate children around the world. There are terrible things that happen in our world every day, and the weight of suffering can at times paralyze us into inactivity. In the midst of such suffering, ZOE’s empowerment program is a ray of hope and light. Because of your support, tens of thousands of children are breaking the cycle of dependency and poverty, and caring for themselves and their siblings. It is, quite simply, the most incredible movement that I have ever seen. I hope you feel the same and will continue to help us faithfully bring this glimpse of God’s kingdom into our world.
ZOE’s theme verse is Jeremiah 29:11, and it is as true today as it was when the prophet delivered this message from God to the suffering outcasts: “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
Grace and Peace,
Saturday, January 17, 2015
8:00 am — 2:00 pm
PREREQUISITE: UMCOR's Early Response Team Basic training
This class will certify you to use a chainsaw as part of your Early Response Team. The instructor will be Mr. Bobby Aga. After some classroom instruction, the group will travel offsite to fall some trees.
Learn how to use a chainsaw safely! Our Conference insurance wants all those who are going to use chainsaws to have certification. Deadline to register: January 1, 2015.
Have you considered becoming a Faith Community Nurse/Congregational Nurse/Parish Nurse?
Are you already serving in that capacity in your congregation?
Then this course is for you!
If you practice in this specialty, The Scope and Standards of Practice for Faith Community Nursing requires that you attend a foundational course specific to the specialty. Methodist Health System Golden Cross Congregational Health Ministry with Baylor University's Louise Herrington School of Nursing will be hosting the Foundations of Faith Community Nursing Course.
The cost of the course is $300 and will provide 36 CNE contact hours. Course materials, continental breakfasts and lunches are included.
What is Faith Community Nursing?
Faith community nurses are licensed, registered nurses who practice wholistic health for self, individuals and the community using nursing knowledge combined with spiritual care. They function in paid and unpaid positions as members of the pastoral team in a variety of religious faiths, cultures, and countries. The focus of their work is on the intentional care of the spirit, assisting the members of the faith community to maintain and/or regain wholeness in body, mind, and spirit.
December 2, 2014
Between 12:00 a.m. and 11:59 p.m. EST
On Tuesday, December 2, 2014, you can extend the spirit of giving thanks into the Advent season by participating in UMC #GivingTuesday. Every gift made online through The Advance on December 2 will be matched up to $1 million.*
Last year on UMC #GivingTuesday, United Methodists collectively raised a record $6.5 million online through The Advance. 11,000 individuals and churches in 34 countries gave more than 16,300 gifts to mission and ministries they believe in. It was a wonderful sign of commitment and extravagant generosity, maximizing the impact of thousands of United Methodists coming together on one day to transform the world.
UMC #GivingTuesday is part of an international movement to extend the spirit of giving thanks into the Advent season. It offers an opportunity to start off the holiday season by giving instead of getting by supporting organizations that are transforming the world.
Search for Advance projects and give:
100% of all gifts made through The Advance are given directly to the designated project.
*Global Ministries will allocate the matching funds dollar for dollar up to the first $1 million in gifts to Advance projects received online on December 2, 2014, between 12 a.m. and 11:59 p.m. EST. A maximum of $2,500 per individual gift to a project will be dispersed as matching funds. A project may receive a maximum of $25,000 in matching funds.
The "Meet The Missionaries" lunch, held on Tuesday November 4, 2014, at the NTC Ministry Center, drew clergy and laity from thirteen different churches. The delicious catered lunch was provided by Christ's Foundry United Methodist Mission, and featured both Mexican and Central American dishes. Missionaries Willie Berman, Cindy Ceballos, and David Ceballos shared about their various mission fields and were honest about past mistakes and future goals.
Left to right: Missionaries David Ceballos and Cindy Ceballos (Panama) and Willie Berman (Mexico)
Many appreciated Willie Berman's candor in particular, who admitted that the old model of receiving teams really had not helped the Mexican Methodist churches in his area to grow.
"They don't realize when you come that you are working with the Methodist church of Mexico," he said.
The new approach was to learn from U.S. partners rather than to have the U.S. team members do everything for the Mexicans. This will build capacity and skills among the local church members who can then reach out to their own mission field.
The Ceballos are working in Panama and their context is very different from Willie's. While the Methodist church has been in Mexico for 80 years, the part of Panama where the Ceballos are working is totally new to Methodism. Their job is to start the church in the center of Panama. They need teams to help build the first church.
If you'd like more information about these missionaries and how your church can partner with them and help them to achieve their evangelism goals, please contact our office at 972-526-5048 or firstname.lastname@example.org.