2015 Mission Teams to Sierra Leone planned
Sierra Leone Partners (Health and Education) is recruiting individuals for teams next January and February to work with UMC health and education leaders in Sierra Leone, West Africa as they grapple with life issues in delivery of health care or primary education. Fifteen-day trips (with options of a shorter 10 day experience) will leave Indianapolis on January 15 and January 29. The cost for the 15 day team is $3,400* and the 10 day is $2,900* to be paid in installments between registration and December 31.
- Schedule: (Includes 3½ days travel via London or Brussels)
- Team Sierra: January 15-30
- Sierra B: January 22-30
- Team Leone: January 29-February 14
- Leone B: February 5-14
- Lodging: Hotels or guest facilities with air conditioning, electricity and hot and cold water at least part of time.
*Cost is dependent on air fare and may be adjusted. Payments are refundable until tickets are purchased. Fees are all inclusive except for meals in transit, personal items, souvenirs, etc., immunizations and medications required for tropical areas.
The health team will work with staff of Kissy UMC Hospital in Freetown and possibly an outpatient clinic to provide training and patient care. Needed are persons with teaching experience as nurses, hospital/practice administrators, physicians, ultrasound and lab techs, and other allied health care professionals. Also needed are those with experience in medical equipment and facilities maintenance.
The education team will focus on the establishment of two primary school libraries at Mokonde, near Njala University and Waterloo, near Freetown. At both sites, the team will lead primary teacher workshops on using curriculum and supplementary resources to help students increase science, language and reading skills. Currently, Sierra Leonean education relies almost exclusively on oral and echo reading. Most teachers and students study without books.
For registration procedures and/or further information contact:
- Health Team: Donald Griffith 317-823-9390 or email@example.com
- Primary Education Team: Marilyn Griffith 317-823-9390 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Africa University Campaign speakers available to local churches
Would you like to have a speaker come to your church to tell about Africa University and the Indiana Campaign? If so, please contact Ruth Ellen Stone at email@example.com or 317-839-8837. For more information, please click here.
Apply now for Generation Transformation
Generation Transformation (GT) applications are now available for 2015 young adult mission opportunities. Generation Transformation is a movement of young adults using their faith to address injustice and work for systemic change around the world. It is often said that United Methodist missionaries go “from everywhere to everywhere,” making GT truly a global initiative.
An initiative of Global Ministries, Generation Transformation offers service opportunities for young adults ages 18-30. Click here to learn about the three different mission service tracks: Global Mission Fellows, Global Justice Volunteers and Individual Volunteers.
Basic ERT Training
- Saturday, October 4, 2014
- 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (ET)
- Wesley Chapel UMC, 2100 Highway 150, Floyds Knobs, IN
- $50, includes lunch
- Purpose: To prepare volunteers to provide a caring Christian presence in the aftermath of disaster. ERTs are Volunteers In Mission who have been trained by UMCOR trainers and are required to deploy as part of an ERT at least once during their three year, UMCOR-certified period to qualify for re-certification.
- Trainers: Bill Amerson and David Powell
- Minimum class size is 14 for the training to be held. Registration is limited to 35 participants.
- All participants must download and fill out a background check form which must be turned in when you check in for the class. To download the background check information and form, click here.
- Click here to register. Registration deadline: Sept. 28, 2014 at 11:59 pm
Central Illinois needs help cleaning up after November tornados
WASHINGTON, Ill. (Ill. Great Rivers Conference) -- The Rev. Tom Goodell at Crossroads UMC in Washington, Ill., reports homeowners seek cleanup assistance in Washington throughout April and May. Help is being requested for light clean up duty, moving of furniture and boxes and some landscaping. Teams are needed for weekdays and Saturdays. Washington Crossroads UMC is available to coordinate teams for a single day of work and to accommodate overnight teams. Please consider scheduling your church youth, young adults, adult church school classes and other groups for a Saturday or weekday volunteer opportunity. To schedule a team, call Rev. Tom Goodell at 309-444-2381. This is for short-term teams and is in addition to the current listing on the USA Project List.
BROOKPORT/UNIONVILLE, Ill. (Ill. Great Rivers Conference) -- To register and schedule a team, call Metropolis First UMC at 618-524-9325 or email Jeff Bealmear. The Long-term Recovery Committee is ready to resume clean up and to begin the rebuilding process. A construction manager is designated and volunteer teams are being coordinated through the First UMC of Metropolis. Brookport is in need of skilled repair volunteers and construction workers. Adult, College, and Youth Mission Teams will be housed at Broadway UMC in Paducah, Ky., or Mt. Sterling Church in Unionville. Showers, kitchen, laundry and sleeping areas are available.
CROP Hunger Walks to be held across Indiana this fall
INDIANAPOLIS -- CROP Hunger Walks will be held across Indiana this fall from September until November. Numerous United Methodist congregations across the state participate in this Church World Service sponsored activity. A complete list is available online with connecting links to each of the walks can be found here. Goshen and Wabash County walks were held earlier this past spring. CROP Hunger Walks are community-wide events sponsored by Church World Service and organized by local congregations or groups to raise funds to end hunger at home and around the world. With its inception in 1969, CROP Hunger Walks are "viewed by many as the granddaddy of charity walks," notes the Los Angeles Times (Oct. 26, 2009). On Oct. 17, 1969, a thousand people in Bismarck, N.D., walked in what may have been the first-ever CROP Hunger Walk -- and raised $25,000 to help stop hunger. Several other CROP Hunger Walks occurred soon thereafter, and before long there were hundreds of Walks each year in communities nationwide. Currently, more than 2,000 communities across the United States join in more than 1,600 CROP Hunger Walks each year. More than five million CROP Hunger Walkers have participated in more than 36,000 CROP Hunger Walks in the last two decades alone. For more
EO offering mission trip with Bishop Coyner to Africa University, Victoria Falls
Join Bishop Mike on a special Educational Opportunities trip to Africa University March 17-27, 2015. We will be presenting our gifts of an endowed Chair of Agriculture & Natural Resources and several endowed student scholarships. Tour the campus and visit Fairfield Children’s Home. We also will visit Victoria Falls and several game preserves. Brochures for the trip are now available. For more information or a brochure, contact trip coordinator Norm Nellis at firstname.lastname@example.org or 765-491-5011.
Indiana Conference Mission Giving and Resource Guide now online
INDIANAPOLIS -- The Indiana Conference Mission and Social Advocacy Team has published a Mission Giving Guide and Resource Book now available online as a downloadable PDF document. See how conference dollars are allocated to Conference Advance Ministries. Check out the various mission and social advocacy ministries available to you and your congregation. Click here for your copy.
Indiana VIM coordinator to lead special retreat cruise for women in February
Education Opportunities and Abingdon Press present their first Women’s Retreat Cruise from February 2-7, 2015. Your Life, Your Faith features renowned speakers and Bible leaders Jessica LaGrone, Melissa Spoelstra and Babbie Mason. Ms. LeGrone has just accepted the position of Dean at Asbury Seminary, but she will be participating in this great experience. The round-trip cruise from Ft. Lauderdale will provide opportunities for worship, study, music and fellowship while on board with daylong visits to Cozumel and Key West. This is a Monday to Saturday cruise; pastors won’t even have to be out of the pulpit for a Sunday. Indiana Conference UMVIM Coordinator Beth Stickles McDaniel will be leading a group on this EO Travel excursion. The Celebrity Constellation ship boasts spectacular style and ambiance (see Celebrity’s website for details on the ship and stateroom inclusions.) Varieties of staterooms have been reserved for EO’s guests, but don’t delay in selecting yours. Talk to your woman’s group and girlfriends about making plans to join us. Rates are guaranteed until July 1 so make your refundable deposit soon. Be sure to indicate that Beth is your host (ID#55435) on the registration form. If you have questions, contact Beth at email@example.com.
Liberia Partner Summit, Nov 13-14, 2014
Please save the dates and join us for this year's Summit beginning with noon lunch Thursday, Nov. 13, and concluding with banquet and worship on the evening of Fri, Nov 14. Nardin Park UMC located at 29887 West 11 Mile Rd., Farmington Hills, MI, will host this year's event and is about 30 minutes from the airport. More information will be available later this summer. Keith Zimmerman is a member of the event steering committee.
Mission Guatemala distributing planning guides online for 2014
Mission Guatemala Feeding Center needs sponsors
In early May 2011, Mission Guatemala, an Indiana Conference-based mission, began a feeding program which has been a tremendous success. Each day, MG feeds nearly 100 children in the village of Nueva Esperanza. These children are from very poor families and many were relying on just tortillas, salt and beans for food each day.
Since the program began nearly three months ago, the children have grown significantly. Additionally, the principal of the school told MG that they are learning more and doing much better in school. In order to help underwrite the cost of feeding these children each day, GM is contacting friends and asking them to consider sponsoring a student in the program for $28 a month. In addition to a lunch five-days-a-week, this also will provide each child with a daily vitamin tablet, school supplies and medical and dental services.
MG's goal is to have at least 30 children sponsored in the next 30 days!
Visit the MG website for more information.
- Learn more about child sponsorship.
- Read our Frequently Asked Questions and Answers.
- Learn about our special interactive website for child sponsors.
Missionaries available to speak
There are three missionaries from West Africa now in the U.S. and we are searching for churches, church groups (UMW, UMM, Mission Teams, small groups), as well as Church Cluster groups to host them during their stay in Indiana. Priscilla Jaiah, missionary assigned to Liberia, is in the U.S. for the next few months due to the Ebola crisis. While Priscilla waits for the situation to stabilize in Liberia, she’s available to itinerate to churches in the Indiana Annual Conference to share her missionary ministry and Liberia’s current situation. Priscilla is hoping to initially visit Indiana Annual Conference churches on September 26-30. Princess Jusu and Nancy Carew are both Sierra Leone nationals, serving at the UMC Liberia Women’s Training Center. They both are long serving missionaries with prior service in Nigeria. They are scheduled to be in The Indiana for joint itineration November 17-23. Contact Rita Gaither-Gant at firstname.lastname@example.org or 317-549-3574 to schedule a visit from one of these missionaries.
Native American Ministries to celebrate new fellowship
Sunday, Oct. 12, St. Andrew United Methodist Church, 2560 Villa Ave. in Indianapolis will celebrate becoming the "mother" church for the new Indianapolis UMC Native American Fellowship. Rev. Ron Haun, pastor of the church, welcomes all interested to meet the clergy and laity during the 9:30 a.m. Sunday morning worship service.
Special music will be provided by the Miami Nation of Indians of Indiana's tribal drum and representatives from the national UMC CONAM, as well as, NCJ CONAM of the UMC will participate in this celebration.
NOMADS Volunteers Work in Response to Disaster
To learn more about the NOMADS program and projects visit: http://www.nomadsumc.org.
Oklahoma, Moore tornado recovery needs volunteers
Long-term recovery efforts are underway. There are three volunteer reception sites: El Reno, Moore and Shawnee. All those interested in serving in Oklahoma are instructed to go to the OKVIM Disaster Response website to register yourself or your team. (updated 1/20/14)
Parish Nurses to sponsor health seminar at Speedway UMC, Oct. 10
SPEEDWAY, Ind. -- The Indiana Conference Health Ministries/Parish Nursing Ministries will sponsor a daylong seminar Friday, Oct. 10, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Speedway United Methodist Church, 5065 W. 16th Street in Speedway, Ind. The seminar is titled "Renewing Our Minds"Â Mental Health and Church Relationship. Keynote speaker is Professor Antony Sheehan, President of The Church Health Center in Memphis, Tenn., who has a background in Mental Health. The cost is $30 per participant.
Who should attend: Parish Nurses, Health Ministers, Pastors, Laity and anyone who may be interested. For more information, contact Sherry McIntyre, email@example.com or call 317-894-0902.
Pastor invites participation in VIM trip to Tanzanian mission
STENDAL, Ind. – The 2015 Ilula Orphan Program (IOP) Volunteers In Mission trip to Ilula, Tanzania, will take place Dec. 29-Jan. 18, 2015. An extra week/s option is/are available for those who want to remain on the mission field longer or just to experience more of beautiful Tanzania.
Regardless of skill level, each participant will have an opportunity to work on the mission field. IOP has opportunities for health-related missions, i.e., nurses, medical doctors, dentists, optometrists, HIV Aids counselors and more.
Pastors will be given an opportunity to teach during the Pastors Retreat and Seminar. Participants will be given opportunities to work in construction, with computers, assist in the storage building, help sort contributed items, repair equipment, repair bicycles, or assist with tractor and farm equipment maintenance and repairs.
The estimated cost which does not include passport and immunizations is $3,400. Team leaders will negotiate costs for the extra week/s. Interested individuals are encouraged to register as soon as possible. $2,000 is needed immediately for flight reservations, insurance costs and basic fees. The remainder of the money is due by Nov. 24.
Please make checks payable to “Emerging Mission Ministries, Inc.,” note or memo Tanzania 2015 and send to Emerging Mission Ministries, Inc., First UMC, PO Box 116, Fort Branch, IN 47648 or Emerging Mission Ministries, Inc., PO Box 44, Stendal, IN 47585.
Those interested in participating on this VIM trip or need additional information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org at your earliest convenience, or call 812-499-3849 or 812-536-2332.
Sierra Leone Partners seek education team members for 2014
The Sierra Leone Partners are looking for education team members to participate on teams conducting workshops for United Methodist Primary Schools (grades K-6) in Sierra Leone in the summer of 2014. The team establishes school libraries and provides teacher training in the use of the libraries as well as in academic areas such as; language arts, math, use of dictionaries, creative writing, etc. For more information, contact Amy Zent, email@example.com. Contributions of children's books and monetary gifts also are needed.
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Teams needed in North Dakota
Minot, North Dakota: It is the desire of United Methodist long-term recovery leaders in Minot to finish the job. Recently there were eight houses and 12-13 trailers and manufactured homes on the United Methodist list of "to dos." Several other recovery organizations have pulled out leaving the United Methodist recovery as just about the only agency left with boots on the ground. (Lutheran Disaster Relief has a couple of houses to complete.) As these groups left, they transferred another 11 houses to the UMC list, therefore, total to work on = 19 + 13. They also nicely transferred any resources and funds they had left. Anyone up for a mission to Minot? Contact Bob Lower to schedule a date this spring and summer.
The UMCOR Sager Brown depot needs volunteers year-round
Volunteer Coordinator, P.O. Box 850, Baldwin, LA 70514, 337-923-6238 or 800-334-4221, F: 337-923-4849. Year-round work in depot assembling, verifying, packing various kits; campus maintenance such as landscaping, painting; working in the community doing home repairs and tutoring. Meals are provided on campus. Live in dorms with showers. Own transportation needed.
Youth & Kids Mission Connect
Join your Indiana Conference Mission Team for an informal time of connection and story sharing across Indiana between Aug. 14 through Nov. 13. We will be discussing youth and children's mission experiences, as well as ideas and upcoming opportunities and ways to get youth involved in mission. Each gathering will start at 6:30 p.m. and end at 8 p.m. We hope that offering it at this time will make it possible for leaders to bring youth and children with them. See specific times and locations online here. Click here to RSVP.