Mission News

Mission interest leads young adult to D.C.

published 11/4/2016
By CHRIS SCHUTZ A recent graduate of Northwestern Oklahoma State University in Alva finds herself now at a ‌church in the nation’s capital, helping organize meals for people who are homeless or have ...

Medical Missionary

published 9/16/2016
In the Central Congo Episcopal Area, physician Pierre Manya examines two babies resting beneath bed netting to deter mosquitoes. A gynecologist and surgeon, he also has been a United Methodist ...

Medical missionary touring state

published 7/1/2016
Missionary Pierre Manya will be itinerating July 22-31 in Oklahoma. Invite him to present for your church group! He recently wrote about an impoverished pregnant woman helped because of the services...

Restore Hope in Tulsa earns 4 stars

published 7/1/2016
Restore Hope Ministries, a Tulsa nonprofit dedicated to preventing homelessness, reducing hunger, and promoting hope, recently earned the highest rating from Charity Navigator. "Restore Hope’s ...

Mom, son journey Jesus road

published 6/10/2016
BY KAREN SLATER You sit beneath an ancient olive tree in the Garden of Gethsemane, sail on the Sea of Galilee, follow the path Jesus walked, and stand inside the dungeon where he was imprisoned ...

Liberia trip creates memories

published 4/8/2016
Warner attends dedication at school By CHRIS SCHUTZ A February trip to his native Liberia held triple meaning for Bishop Bennie Warner, who lives in Oklahoma City. Main purpose was to witness the...

Connecting for a cause

published 3/18/2016
From left, Charles Neff of Oklahoma City University greets missionaries Lisa and Jamie Williams of Corozal Town, Belize, Central America, on Feb. 22 at the United Methodist Ministry Center. During ...

Counting on support --Giving to missions shows increase

published 3/18/2016
Missionaries and mission projects received outstanding financial support in 2015 from Oklahoma Conference United Methodists, according to Karen Distefano of Bartlesville. She is the Conference’s ...

Ada invites Lake Country District to retreat

published 2/5/2016
Wendy Miller will lead a Lenten retreat on Feb. 13 at Ada’s First United Methodist Church. The morning retreat will begin with a complimentary brunch at 8:30 and will conclude at noon. Pastors and ...

Tulsa agency helps veterans find homes

published 2/5/2016
A group working to combat homelessness among veterans in the Tulsa area has surpassed the goal it set for the end of 2015. United Methodist-related Restore Hope Ministries is among the 23 partner ...

Clinic makes people look good

published 1/15/2016
  At this clinic, 45 volunteers assist about 130 people each month. Among those serving are 21 eyecare professionals. By CHRIS SCHUTZ It takes dozens of people to bring Skyline Urban Ministry’s ...

Life is flowing at The Well

published 12/11/2015
‘40,000 square feet of opportunity’ emerges in OKC’s Capitol Hill neighborhood By CHRIS SCHUTZ A south Oklahoma City United Methodist church that traces its history to the year before Oklahoma ...

On the road again

published 12/11/2015
A 25-member Volunteers In Mission team of senior adults from Claremore-First UMC made a 12th service trip to the UMCOR depot in Baldwin, La., in early November. They packed 7,000 health kits on ...

Dental clinic’s relocation elicits big smiles in OKC

published 11/20/2015
After a four-year capital campaign, Neighborhood Services Organization (NSO) has opened the doors on its new, state-of-the-art dental clinic at 431 SW 11th St. in Oklahoma City. The agency was ...

Missionaries rerouting after 30+ years

published 11/20/2015
By CHRIS SCHUTZ Longtime United Methodist missionaries Alex and Brenda Awad, who have been serving in Israel and Palestine, are anticipating the end of their mission in May (2016) and are wondering...

Tulsa agency thanks volunteers

published 11/20/2015
At Restore Hope Ministries in Tulsa on the day before Thanksgiving, dozens of volunteers will prepare and distribute more than 600 food baskets to families in crisis. Almost 7,900 pounds of food ...

Project Transformation works to turn the page for kids

published 10/30/2015
It’s time to turn the page for Project Transformation, a United Methodist literacy program for elementary students. This moment straddles summer’s happy ending for 461 low-income kids and the ...

Letter from Philippines - Missionary Alexander to welcome athletes

published 10/9/2015
Athletes from six private colleges in the Philippines are preparing to meet at Asbury College, Anda, Philippines, for track and field competitions Oct. 22-23. It will be the first time for the United ...

New Global Mission Fellow works with kids

published 10/9/2015
By CHRIS SCHUTZSarah Hundley discovered a love for mission work in the eighth grade. Now a college graduate, she has brought her passion from Virginia to Oklahoma City, where she is working with ...

Collaboration offers help with addictions

published 8/28/2015
"What difference can one local church make in this huge issue of addiction?" Office of Mission Director Jeremy Basset asked Peter Messiah that question on the 2015 Annual Conference stage. Dr. ...

Explore potential for Peru

published 8/7/2015
On Sept. 19, your church group can meet Bishop Samuel Aguilar of the Methodist Church in Peru and missionary Dora Canales via a virtual mission encounter. You are invited to be part of a ...

Invite missionaries to visit your church

published 8/7/2015
Oklahoma congregations can hear firsthand how God is at work around the world when three missionaries visit the state in late August and late September. 1. A Tulsa native and former member of ...

Jamaicans take note of VIM music team’s lessons

published 8/7/2015
Norman church delivers instruments, training A Volunteers In Mission team representing St. Stephen’s UMC in Norman spent a week teaching music to congregations in Savannah-la-Mar, Jamaica, earlier ...

UMCOR and engineers tackle poisoned river in Bolivia

published 8/7/2015
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78% of Oklahoma churches contribute to Advance missions

published 6/5/2015
Among the 511 churches in the Oklahoma Conference, 443 of them gave financial support to the denomination’s Advance mission projects and missionaries in 2014. That 78 percent participation in The ...

Now there’s an app for that -- Restore Hope offers Tulsa families food choices

published 4/17/2015
A byte of new technology is helping manage the food needs of families assisted by Restore Hope Ministries in Tulsa. A new application lets caseworkers enter food selections on a computer tablet, ...

Restore Hope - Fast-A-Meal

published 2/17/2015
Restore Hope, a Tulsa ministry to people in need of food, clothing and other assistance, is encouraging people to join Fast-A-Meal, its annual Lenten program. During Fast-A-Meal, participants are ...

Mission teams making plans

published 2/13/2015
Through April, these are the Oklahoma Volunteers In Mission teams currently registered with the Office of Mission. • Cartagena, Colombia; Feb. 19-27; leader Bill Fish • Rio Bravo, Mexico; Feb. ...

Hungry to serve -- Skyline cuts ribbon for expanded food pantry

published 12/12/2014
By CHRIS SCHUTZ The needs of a family without enough food or warm clothes become painfully obvious to staff of Skyline Urban Ministry, says Claudia Lovelace, executive director of the United ...

Kingswood: center prepares for first class in January

published 12/12/2014
Institute fuses mission study and field work By Holly McCray Kingswood Institute officially launches Jan. 13 with its first class offering. This new Oklahoma center for the study and practice of ...

‘We can stop the spread’ --Visiting missionary hopeful in fighting Ebola

published 11/21/2014
By CHRIS SCHUTZ Ebola-ravaged Liberia is undergoing major cultural changes because of the disease, said Helen Roberts-Evans, a United Methodist missionary in Liberia. Due to the epidemic, ...

Blessed in Costa Rica -- College student describes Claremore group’s journey

published 11/21/2014
By AUBRY NAGY When someone says they’ve gotten more than they bargained for, it normally has a bad connotation. They mean there is too much work to be done. But what if we give this phrase a ...

Barn-raising complete at Bethel Acres

published 10/10/2014
Photos by Holly McCray Volunteers from New York move a gate Sept. 5 into the new barn for 1 Day Ranch at Bethel Acres, near Shawnee. The man at center is a team leader for New York Says Thank You. ...

Equipping the Church for a Changing World -- Office of Mission event spans globe Nov. 14-15

published 10/10/2014
Mission and service: two crucial components in the DNA of United Methodism. Sign up for a major learning event, packed with workshops and speakers, to further your church’s engagement in these ...

Africa University and Oklahoma City University - Common roots, new branches

published 8/8/2014
By Cherian Thomas A healthy relationship is developing between the nursing schools of Africa University and Oklahoma City University. On June 12 in Oklahoma City, their representatives cemented an ...

Mission U teaches awareness of disabilities

published 8/8/2014
At Mission U 2014, "The Church and People With Disabilities" study turned the bright light of education onto a need overshadowed by other ministries. The volunteer planning team sought to model ...

Rebuilding Day 3 homes + 4 churches = renewal

published 7/18/2014
By ALOISE McCULLOUGH Four United Methodist churches in greater Oklahoma City partnered April 12 for "Rebuilding Day," to help restore three homes for senior citizens in the capital. About 150 ...

Sacred moment, sacred place

published 7/18/2014
Missionary Kristen Brown baptizes Birevan in the  Jordan River, at the purported site of Jesus’ baptism. She also anointed the new Christian with oil. From Oklahoma, Rev. Brown has been serving in the...

AC: Prevent/Recover program launches

published 6/27/2014
Format to assist churches in addiction ministries By JIM DEMBOWSKI In keeping with the 2014 theme, "All Things New," Annual Conference delegates were introduced on May 27 to Prevent/Recover, an ...

NOMADS travel to help central Oklahoma recover

published 6/6/2014
At the Newalla home of David and Tamara Boydston, NOMADS Jeannie Hansen of Florida and Barbara Sullivan of Mangum paint trim boards; below: David Sullivan of Mangum and Dan Brown of Arkansas ...

Welcome to the neighborhood --Tulsa couple anchors life in contemplation, connections

published 5/16/2014
By Holly McCray The green onion shoots emerged first in the Anchorhold garden. Spring’s new plants are symbolic of this micro-community, newly planted in Tulsa by First United Methodist Church. Like...

Annual Conference 2014 -- Mission opportunity: Donate UMCOR kits

published 3/28/2014
During Annual Conference, the Office of Mission will collect UMCOR Sewing, Layette, and Bedding Kits. Donations of kits will be received at a designated truck parked May 26 in St. Luke’s south lot ...

Annual Conference 2014 -- Special Offering

published 3/28/2014
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Oklahoma hosts Hispanic missionaries

published 3/28/2014
On behalf of the Conference’s Office of Mission, Carlos Ramirez invited the National Hispanic/Latino Plan missionaries to come to Oklahoma. So more than two-dozen leaders traveled to Oklahoma City ...

South Central Jurisdiction -- Mission interpreter ready to share stories

published 1/24/2014
A member of the Southwest Texas Conference, Becky Harrell now serves as mission interpreter for the South Central Jurisdiction (SCJ), which includes the churches in Oklahoma. She is available to share...

US-2 leads kids art program

published 1/24/2014
‘God has led me to know: You’re doing exactly what I want you to’ – Kristina Thorson By Holly McCray Washington is Kristina Thorson’s home state. The young-adult missionary intended to go to ...

Man on a mission

published 1/10/2014
Steve Pool enjoys homemade root beer in his namesake restaurant. Photo provided by OKVIM Hammocks from Vietnam sway above guests at Soda Steve’s restaurant as its proprietor talks about...

Online charity drive benefits OK-related missions

published 1/10/2014
Oklahoma-related missions and missionaries benefitted from Giving Tuesday, an online funding drive Dec. 3 for the worldwide Advance ministries of the Church. Among them: • Eight projects in ...

NSO awarded $500,000 challenge grant

published 9/20/2013
This drawing shows the new NSO building will face west, fronting Walker Avenue. Neighborhood Services Organization (NSO) was recently issued a $500,000 challenge grant from the ...

SBC-21- Event helps connect African-American congregations

published 9/20/2013
Leaders at the July program for SBC-21 are, from left, Pastor Ernest Jackson Jr. of Washington UMC, guest preacher Emanuel Cleaver III of Missouri, Pastor Semaj Vanzant of OKC-Christ UMC, ...