Center for Missional Outreach News
Sponsor a Group of ZOE Orphans for Half the Cost until June 15, 2016
One of the most powerful ways to get involved with ZOE is by becoming a Hope Companion to a working group of orphans and vulnerable children. Rather than helping just one child, you can partner with a group of 60-100 children, walking with them during their three-year journey to empowerment. Many churches, groups and families come together to make this happen, with a group in the US partnering with a group in a ZOE program country. When you become a Hope Companion, you are invited on a Trip of Hope to visit with the children in their home communities.
“What I actually experienced [on my trip] far outweighed any expectations. To see the friendly, smiling faces, to hear
their testimonies, to see their bankbooks, my heart welled with pride for what these children had accomplished with
my financial support. I cried with pride for them.”
– Hope Companion and Trip of Hope Team Member
ZOE has been blessed by an individual wanting to enroll more children into ZOE’s empowerment program so that they will never need charity again. For a limited time, ZOE is able to facilitate matching funding for anyone able to fund half the cost of a three-year Hope Companion partnership with 60 to 100 children. Although ZOE must receive commitments by June 15, 2016, the first year of funding is not due until January 15 of 2017. (However, groups start the work on empowerment in 2016 and sending in funding earlier helps offset costs more directly.)
Here is how it works: if a church, Sunday school class, individual or any other group can commit to funding a half of a partnership in Kenya, Rwanda, Liberia, Zimbabwe, Malawi, or India at $3,750 per year for three years, then ZOE will provide the matching funds either through the ZOE match or a shared partnership. This opportunity is also available for Guatemala partnerships but the cost would be $8,250 per year for three years due to greater in-country costs. ZOE is also eager to facilitate funding partnerships between youth groups or children’s ministries from various churches so that they might have the opportunity to connect with ZOE working groups and each other.
ZOE can guarantee single working group partnerships. However, if you would like to explore funding multiple groups, we would love to hear from you and will do our best to find appropriate funding partners.
Episcopal-UMC Dialogue participants in Charlotte, North Carolina, April 24-27, 2016. ocuir.org
Episcopalians and United Methodists met in Charlotte, North Carolina, for the third session of their Dialogue on Full Communion (April 25-27, 2016). The ten committee members, along with staff from each church, shared in conversation, meals, prayer, and a celebration of the Eucharist. It was a time for building relationships between representatives of two sibling churches that have long desired to grow closer in common witness to the gospel of Christ and in mission for the healing of God's world.
The dialogue session made substantive progress towards a proposal for full communion between The Episcopal Church and The United Methodist Church. Committee members continued to learn about the history, beliefs, practices, and ways of living as church that are found in each tradition. Many are shared in common by both traditions. Dialogue participants also discussed and appreciated our distinctiveness. Among these are the ways our churches have shaped their institutions and approaches to ministry appropriate to their particular missional contexts.
Dialogue participants shared their own questions with one another and began developing FAQs. Sharing answers to these queries will assist both churches as we grow closer in relationship with one another.
The next session will be held in October 2016.
Alongside their work as a Dialogue Committee, participants, noting the recent passage of House Bill 2 in the State Legislature of North Carolina, found themselves confronted with an example of the common challenges faced by all Christians as they work to faithfully give witness to the sacred dignity of all people. The Committee, in recognition of the harmful effects of the bill, stands with our Episcopal and United Methodist bishops in North Carolina, calling upon the legislature to repeal this discriminatory law.
The central point of Episcopalians and United Methodists working to strengthen their relationship with each other is faithfully and effectively to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ and to work for the healing of a divided and suffering world.
Our gratitude goes to Rev. James Howell and Myers Park United Methodist Church for their gracious hospitality.
- Bishop Frank Brookhart
- Bishop Gregory Palmer
- Rev. Dr. Pamela Lightsey
- The Rev. Jordan Haynie Ware
- Dr. Deirdre Good (guest)
- Rev. Dr. Robert J. Williams
- Bishop David Rice
- Rev. Patricia Farris
- The Rev. Dr. Tom Ferguson
- Bishop Mary Ann Swenson
- Rev. James Howell
Staff: Dr. Glen Alton Messer, Ms. Jeanette Nunez, The Rev. Margaret Rose
Questions should be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org
Clean Sandbranch Day
Saturday, June 11, 2016
9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
CALLING OUT 300 VOLUNTEERS!
On Saturday, June 11, 2016, Project DreamHaus and Mt. Zion Baptist Church are partnering for "Clean Sandbranch Day," a day of community service, fun, and fellowship that will give Sandbranch a clean sweep by:
- mowing and ridding the community of debris
- tagging tires for pick up
- restoring the playground/park
Email email@example.com for more information.
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!’”