Oklahoma Conference of the United Methodist Church

Online charity drive benefits OK-related missions


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 Bolivia, $270,396
• Manos Juntas Mexico, $87,958
• Lydia Patterson Institute, El Paso, Texas, $37,895
• Meri Whitaker, Cookson, Okla., $13,606
• Cookson Hills Center, Oklahoma, $7,969
• Kristen Brown, Israel/Palestine, $4,530
• Carol Partridge, Macedonia, $4,350
• Alex and Brenda Awad, Israel/Palestine, $4,175
• Donna Pewo, Clinton, Okla., $2,625
• Marsha Alexander, Philippines, $1,970
• Fuxia Wang, Norman, Okla., $1,877.60
• Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference Parish Partners, $1,500
• Umba and Ngoy Kalangwa, Tanzania, $1,050
• Clinton (Okla.) Indian Church and Community Center, $843
• Carlos Ramirez, coordinator for Hispanic/Latino Ministry in Oklahoma, $575
• US2 Jerrica Becker, Cedartown, Ga., $564
• US2 Kristina Thorson, St. John’s UMC, Oklahoma City, $275
• Mount Sequoyah Conference and Retreat Center, Fayetteville, Ark., $50
• Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference Construction Project Fund, $10

This is only a partial list. It includes mission personnel in covenant relationships, from page 41 of the 2013 Oklahoma Conference Journal, and projects included in the Conference budget, as well as a few special selections. The 14-page full report was provided to Contact by Conference Secretary of Global Ministries Karen Distefano of Bartlesville.

Among those gifts to projects launched through the Bolivia/Oklahoma Methodist Partnership, the Woodworth Estate matched about $88,000, according to David Stephenson of Tulsa, mission interpreter for the partnership.
All donations on Giving Tuesday totaled $6.5 million, from donors in 34 countries. The General Board of Global Ministries matched the first $500,000.


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