Mission News

Counting on connection

11/2/2018
By Meagan Ewton   Andre Contino wears a clergy collar to his downtown office in Oklahoma City every Wednesday, where he offers prayer and communion to more than 100 people gathered in the parking lot ...

Disaster response transitions to “blue sky time”

11/2/2018
By Jeremy Bassett, Director of Office of Mission   Some five years ago, together with multiple partners, our Annual Conference’s Disaster Response ministry geared up for the work needed following ...

NSO CEO honored for making a difference

10/5/2018
By Meagan Ewton Stacey Ninness, president and CEO of Neighborhood Services Organization, will be honored as one of 50 Making a Difference during the Journal Record’s Woman of the Year Awards Gala on ...

Youth Force welcomes new director

10/5/2018
The Office of Mission is excited to announce that BJ Danner, youth director at Claremore-First, has accepted the volunteer position of Director of Youth Force in the Office of Mission. Following years...

Young People’s Ministry seeks cohort and conference applicants

8/3/2018
By Tabitha Beckman There are many opportunities for college-aged young people in the Oklahoma United Methodist Conference to engage their faith in the world around them through the work of Young ...

New coordinator named in OK-Bolivia partnership

7/6/2018
By Chris Schutz Susan Waite has been named the new partnership coordinator for the longtime Oklahoma-Bolivia partnership with the Oklahoma United Methodist Conference. Waite, a member of OKC-Chapel ...

Until the work is finished

7/6/2018
By Meagan Ewton Adrian Holmes had only helped paint his little sister’s room before, but that wasn’t going to stop him from doing his best to paint a house. Holmes, a seventh-grade student from Moore,...

Partnering in mission for God

3/2/2018
Delegation’s visit will bring news of Methodism in Chile BY CHRIS SCHUTZ An upcoming visit to Annual Conference by Chile’s new Methodist bishop will spotlight Oklahoma United Methodists’ interest in a...

Oklahoman finds home parallels while on mission in Ukraine

1/19/2018
In Perechyn, Ukraine, a weekly small group for women of Roma ethnicity reminded Sarah Nichols of her own church small group in Oklahoma. Sarah Nichols, Executive Director, Young Adult Mission and ...

Wayne teen takes action to help girls globally

12/1/2017
BY CHRIS SCHUTZ WAYNE, Okla. — A program that furnishes girls in impoverished areas with washable feminine hygiene kits captured the interest of a young United Methodist in Wayne. Magnolia Ireland ...

Survey builds on mission interests within congregation

10/20/2017
Match your interests in mission with missionaries in the field by answering a survey for the Oklahoma Conference’s secretary of global ministries, Karen Distefano. She’ll then provide a custom list of...

VIM team to assist missionary in Bethlehem

10/20/2017
On an upcoming trip, Volunteers in Mission from Oklahoma will serve alongside missionary Kristen Brown in Bethlehem. Rev. Brown’s hometown is Tahlequah. The mission will be April 9-20, 2018. If you ...

Conference policy works to protect mission teams

9/29/2017
Your church mission team is returning home after serving internationally, but the plane flight is cancelled due to mechanical issues. How do you get home without additional expense? A team member ...

Cookson Hills family responds to request for specific supplies

9/29/2017
On Aug. 31, five Oklahomans drove from Cookson to Dallas with a trailer full of specific supplies requested to aid Hurricane Harvey victims in south Texas. The storm still spun over the coastline. ...

East Cross team takes on international mission, youths step out of comfort zones

9/8/2017
BY EVAN HOLMES, YOUTH DIRECTOR, EAST CROSS UMC BARTLESVILLE —God moved in the lives of those in Costa Rica, but I saw Him move in the lives of our East Cross students as well when our Volunteers In ...

German missionary visits Ministry Center

9/8/2017
Volunteers in Mission Website-->     EUROPEAN WITNESS — Missionary George Miller, who serves in Germany, visits the United Methodist Ministry Center in Oklahoma City on Aug. 7. He discussed his ...

District VIM team marks milestone

7/7/2017
BY TABITHA BECKMAN The Wichitas District celebrates its sixth year of sending Volunteers in Mission teams to Cobija, Bolivia, to serve with members of the Bolivian Methodist Church. During the ...

Retiree project

7/7/2017
Delphine Jewell, left, and Wilma Reppert, residents of Epworth Villa in Oklahoma City, organize clean donated clothing from the retirement community’s twice-annual drive to benefit Skyline Urban ...

Preacher’s kid finds door to Upper Room

4/28/2017
Deacon Beth Richardson teaches at Norman-St. Stephens UMC in March. BY CHRIS SCHUTZ Growing up as a preacher’s kid can be exciting, Beth Richardson says. Her family moved every few years in ...

Restore Hope gets high rating

4/28/2017
For the third consecutive year, Restore Hope Ministries in Tulsa has received a coveted four-star rating from Charity Navigator.By reducing hunger, preventing homelessness, and promoting hope, the ...

Father’s mission legacy continues

2/24/2017
From left: sisters Karen Distefano and Katherine Yancey and their dad, Ed Ririe, serve together on a United Methodist volunteer mission team in 2013. BY HOLLY MCCRAY Beginning in 1993, Ed Ririe ...

Stillwater couple gets CJAMM award for service

2/24/2017
BY HOLLY MCCRAY Volunteer Jim Key made his first trip inside prison walls in 1994, at McAlester. He took with him food that Jean Key had helped prepare, as a United Methodist team introduced a ...

Mission interest leads young adult to D.C.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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. ...

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