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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)
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 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.
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.
The Tree of Life Ministry program located in Mission, SD, and serving the people of the Rosebud and Lower Brule Reservations is looking for a team to come and fit eye glasses. If you do this or know of someone that does, please contact Donna Masartis (firstname.lastname@example.org), 605-856-4266. This was done by a team a few years back and the Native Americans are asking if it can be done again.
NEW YORK (UMNS) -- United Methodist Women has taken on the fight against human trafficking as part of its mission. The group offers resources for United Methodists to use in addressing labor bondage and sexual exploitation. Read resources.
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.
Habitat for Humanity has set up a designated website to help Indianapolis Area United Methodist congregations participate in the 2014 Habitat build. The website includes a countdown to $75,000 that will be raised for our build in Lawrence. United Methodists have the opportunity for individuals to pledge to raise their selected amount. The Greater Indy Habitat is looking forward to another wonderful year of partnership, and we hope you will join us in the work. For more information or being involved, contact Ted Mosey -- email@example.com. -- Link to UMC website to build the UMC Home.
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.
There will be several missionaries and mission interns (young adult missionaries) itinerating in Indiana during February, March, April and May. The Indiana Mission Team is searching for church groups and congregations to host these missionaries. Sundays are limited so please consider having a church group host (Bible study, Sunday school, Missions, United Methodist Women, United Methodist Men or interested individuals, etc.). Those missionaries included are:
For more information or if you would like to reserve a time, email Rita at firstname.lastname@example.org.
INDIANAPOLIS (Metro Ministries) -- The Culinary Collage "Take a Bite out of Poverty" will take place at UINDY on Sunday, April 27 from 1-4 p.m. Children 12 and younger are free, tickets at the door are $15 or bring a minimum $10 Kroger Gift Card for entrance. RSVP by calling 317-636-3466 ext 6. The event includes a silent auction, raffle and door prize, including items such as a 50" flat screen TV, ISO tickets, a night at the new City Way hotel The Alexander and much, much more. In addition over a dozen locally owned restaurants will offer free samples of their food and Starbucks will provide free drinks; a Live Silly Safaris Animal Show will entertain the kid in all of us and a variety of Chef demonstrations will round out the afternoon. Last year 100 percent of proceeds went directly to United Methodist-related Fletcher Place programs.
Why do we observe Native American Awareness Sunday? What makes Native people special? Within the Body of Christ, every person, every culture has unique gifts to refresh the Church. The contributions of Native people, as individuals and groups, are not more important than the contributions of other Christians. Native people, however, are among the poorest and most marginalized of society and the Church. The unfortunate fact is that people without “power” of wealth or social status tend to be overlooked. Continue reading. – Donate now to this important Special Sunday fund. Information about Native American Ministries Sunday can also be found here.
May 13-20 Trip leaders are Alex Moon and Avery Hollenback, Cost is $700 + air fare
St. Luke's UMC in Indianapolis is offering a trip for college and young professionals to experience a week of service and culture in Fondwa, Haiti. Fondwa is a rural, mountainous community, 2 hours south of Port au Prince. This trip is being led by Avery Hollenback and Alex Moon who lived in Fondwa last summer. While on the trip, the team will paint a house, play with children at the Fatima Orphanage, experience a day of site seeing in Jacmel (a beach town on the southern coast) and visit Haitian homes. The trip will also include meeting other Haitian college students and young professionals. For more information, contact Pastor Jamalyn Peigh Williamson at email@example.com.
TANZANIA, Ilula Orphan Program -- May 16-June 6, 2014. Led by John Windell, Ind. -- Several buildings will be under construction including the United Methodist Church and the library. IOP has opportunities for health-related missions, such as nurses, medical doctors, dentists, optometrists, HIV Aids counselors and more. Doctors and dentists will coordinate medical practice with the Ilula Hospital. Nurses will be invited to assist the IOP Nursing Staff and teach basic health care classes. Counselors will be invited to assist the IOP HIV Aids counselors. Pastors will be given an opportunity to teach during the Pastors Retreat and Seminar. There also will be opportunities to work with computers, assist in the storage building, help sort contributed items, repair treadle style sewing machines, repair bicycles, or assist with tractor and farm equipment maintenance and repairs. Berit will have a list of needs that we will attempt to complete. We will tour schools, visit foster families, visit a developing world market, visit for a day with a Masai Tribe including worship and a meal, overnight in a National Park, and more. Please contact John Windell (firstname.lastname@example.org), 812-499-3849 or 812-536-2332. Flyer available.
Thousands of hands will join together in service during Change the World weekend May 17-18. This year United Methodist Communications want you to raise your hands to help work together to create better neighborhoods, communities and a better world. When we do events around basic needs, creation care, education, humanitarian relief, and malaria, we help our neighbors find hope. Visit www.umcom.org/changetheworld. As a thank you for your participation, United Methodist Communications will help your congregation publicize its Change the World event locally. When you register your event, while supplies last, you will receive a free Change the World marketing kit. As a bonus, the first registrants may qualify to receive free customized postcards mailed to homes in your area. Finally, we plan to offer location-based digital advertising, too. Email us with questions at email@example.com .
For more information, call RETHINK CHURCH at 877-281-6535.
Sara Cook is serving at the East Belfast Mission in Belfast Ireland and will be in Indiana May 19-June 22. Alexandra Castro and Juan Guerrero are serving at the Honduras Mission in Tegucigaipa and they will be in Indiana June 12-19. Ardell and Gordon Garner are serving in the Dominican Republic and dates will be announced soon. If you would like any of these missionaries to share with your church or small group, please contact Rita Gaither-Gant at firstname.lastname@example.org or 317-540-3574.