Center for Missional Outreach News
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 will be hosting the Foundations of Faith Community Nursing Course with Baylor University's Louise Herrington School of Nursing. The course will be held at Methodist Dallas Medical Center.
The cost of the course is $300 and will provide 36 CNE contact hours. UMC nurses may qualify for scholarships. Course materials, continental breakfasts and lunches are included.
Watch for more information in fall 2015.
The Zip Code Connection is involved in some amazing work this year. We were able to employ two Connections Directors – George Battle and Melinda Watters – who are each living and working in the two communities we are serving: South Dallas/Fair Park and Red River County.
In South Dallas, George is working simultaneously on the political and economic issues that are key for long-term community transformation and on neighbor-driven projects like a collaborative of urban and community gardeners and a work group on crime and safety issues. We also have launched a faith coalition of the 138 churches located in this community, candidate forums and voter registration drives for the upcoming city council elections, and a collaborative extended Vacation Bible School that will also feed hungry children.
In Red River County, Melinda is working with the city of Clarksville to open a community center that was prompted by our community alliance of churches and community leaders who wanted to start a senior center. She is also serving on a community task force seeking ways to replace the health services lost when the county’s only hospital closed and is working with the school district to create its first-ever volunteer coordination system.
Missionaries David (left) and Cindy (middle) Ceballos
The completed clinic will soon be shipped to a small city in Panama, where medical missionaries Cindy and David Ceballos are working to build up the Methodist Church of Panama, also known as Iglesia Evangélica Metodista de Panamá.
The completion of the project, known as Project 3.7 because of the weight of the container (3.7 metric tons), is being celebrated by other churches in the North Texas Conference as well. A team from First United Methodist Church of McKinney is planning to take a dentist with them on their next trip to Panama later this year. The dentist will use the dental chair in the clinic to see patients (see photo).
Rev. Marji Hill, Associate Director of Missional Outreach for the Conference, traveled to Panama last spring to see the proposed location for the new clinic.
“The clinic will be located right next to the church, in a very visible spot close to the road. Across the street is a school, so all the children will know about the clinic, and it will be a way to inform the community when medical services are being offered. The children can go home and tell their families. The location could not be better for evangelism and attracting people to the church,” she said.
The United Methodist Church, through the Global Health Initiative, has encouraged the people of The United Methodist Church to focus and mobilize into action against the diseases of poverty. This is an example of a church that has taken that call to action to heart.
In summer 2014, FUMC Duncanville began Project 3.7, a tremendous effort to convert a shipping container into a medical clinic for a remote village in Panama.
The exterior of the shipping container, now a medical clinic that will be sent to Panama.
It has been said that there is nothing like this ecumenical gathering anywhere in the world, now in its 51st year! Churches gather around plenary speakers, attend seminars for ongoing formation, and still have a unique opportunity to build many relationship across denominational lines, as well as conducting the business of networks. All are welcome!
World Water Day is marked March 22 every year. It’s a day to celebrate water. It’s a day to make a difference for the members of the global population who suffer from water related issues.
Nicaragua is the second poorest country in the Western hemisphere. In a country where 37% of rural people have no safe drinking water (UNICEF), El Porvenir’s water and sanitation programs are a critical way to improve the living standards of the rural poor while conserving environmental resources.
Your gift on World Water Day will provide drinking water to rural Nicaraguans. Make a life changing contribution to Advance project 525000, El Porvenir: Clean Water, Healthy Nicaraguans.
To learn more about El Porvenir's programs, click here.
April 28 & 30, 2015
1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
500 Maplelawn Drive
Plano, TX 75075
This is an important course that will expand your awareness of the full breadth of radical welcome to persons who may be on the margins of society.
This is a two-session class. The sessions on Awareness and Accessibility will be taught on Tuesday afternoon, April 28, 2015, and the sessions on Integration and Advocacy will be taught on Thursday afternoon, April 30, 2015. Both sessions will be held at North Texas Conference Ministry Center in Plano, Texas.
To verbalize comfort with disability etiquette and people-first language
To understand the biblical and historical background for negative perceptions of persons with disabilities
To differentiate between healing and curing
To identify collective and individual attitudes about disability that divide the body of Christ and to consider attitudes that bind us together
To recognize the role that environmental modifications, technology, and task adaptations play in enabling many persons with disabilities to live full, satisfying lives.
To carry out a functional accessibility audit with a focus on safety and access for persons with mobility and vision losses.
To describe the difference between communication needs and identity of persons who are part of the deaf culture, persons who are heard of hearing, and persons who are late-deafened.
Participants will grow in their understanding that disability ministry means an attitude of integration in which there is no place for us and "them", and all persons are welcomed and assimilated as members of the body of Christ
Congregations will learn to identify, nurture, and use the gifts of persons with all kinds of disabilities in the service of God
Leaders strengthen worship and education through employing all the senses and engaging heart and body as well as mind and soul
To verbalize awareness of discrimination and disadvantage that people with disabilities, including veterans, experience and how faith communities can make a difference
To be prepared to advocate in one's local church and community to improve accessibility and integration
To envision the gifts that a pastor living with or affected by a disability would bring to one's congregation
About Rev. Dr. Tom Hudspeth
Rev. Hudspeth represents the United Methodist Committee on Deaf and Hard of Hearing Ministries. He is the executive pastor and pastor of the Deaf at Lovers Lane United Methodist Church in Dallas, Texas. Born in Dallas, Tom is a fifth generation Texan, but being a child of a United Methodist pastor and pastoral counselor, he has lived in various places.
Tom was born hard of hearing and grew up oral deaf. He responded to God's call to Deaf ministry while attending a rally for the Deaf at St. John's UMC in Oklahoma City in 1989. From his internship at Perkins School of Theology, Tom began to learn sign language through the Oklahoma Conference Ministry with the Deaf. Tom's Doctor of Ministry project, "ASL as a Means of Grace," was through Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC. He has served churches in Henderson, Texas; Lower Hutt, New Zealand and Marshall, Texas.
Tom has been a member of the United Methodist Congress of the Deaf since 1989. In 2009, he was elected General Secretary of the World Federation of Deaf Methodists, and in 2011, became a consultant for the United Methodist Committee on Deaf and Hard of Hearing Ministries. Tom and his wife, Mary Kay (Deaf), have two children, Lossibeth (hearing) and Christian (Deaf).
What is a SimLab?
A SimLab is a simulation laboratory that is a safe environment in which health care promoters can learn, practice, think critically, and be tested on skills that are simulated on manikins, all before being performed at bedside on actual patients.
Simulation is classified according to the degree in which it approximates reality. The first phase of the SimLab at Grace Children’s Hospital in Port Au Prince, Haiti, will be organized as low fidelity simulation. The clinical learning experiences will rely on the simple technology of role playing, case studies and the use of static manikins on which specific skills are practiced. Low fidelity simulation will provide the health care promoters opportunities that may not otherwise be available in clinical settings, and the learners will gain experience without the consequences of making a wrong decision. These will be highly relevant experiences for the health care promoters because they represent real life situations that are encountered at Grace Children’s Hospital.
Thanks to a generous donation from a member of the First United Methodist Church McKinney, the first group of manikins is going with a team to Haiti on Monday, March 16, 2015. The team will explore options for future surgical teams as well as other opportunities.
Phase One of the SimLab
The first group of Laerdal manikins includes:
- Nursing Baby represents a 6-month-old infant that will provide simulation-based training for healthcare promoters to improve communication, refine critical thinking skills, and clinical training in core pediatric in-hospital clinical skills such as starting IVs for fluid resuscitation and medicines, suctioning oral and nasal airways, urinary catheterization, tracheotomy and stoma care.
- Pediatric Multi-Venous IV Training Arm represents a lifelike pediatric arm with multiple veins designed for learning how to insert IV catheters to provide peripheral intravenous therapy for fluids and medicines.
- MamaNatalie represents the birthing process that comes with NeoNatalie to simulate the delivery of babies in either normal or complex scenarios. This training can have a positive impact on mother and infant mortality rates.
- Four (4) Little Junior™ CPR manikins to provide effective child CPR Training.
- Nursing Kid realistically represents a six-year old child and health care promoters will use him in skills training for a variety of pediatric simulations. Nursing Kid is sponsored by Lake Highlands United Methodist Church. Generous donations from church members raised funds to pay for his cost and travel to Haiti with the group on March 16.
- Four (4) Baby Anne® CPR manikins to provide effective infant CPR training. These babies have been named in honor of several travel team members.
With these simulation training manikins, “A SimLab is Born!” This first group of manikins launches phase one of the SimLab at Grace Children’s Hospital. The cost of this group of manikins represents about 10% of what is needed to create a computer-based, medium to high fidelity simulation lab.