Oklahoma Conference of the United Methodist Church

Mission partnerships take center stage at VIM event


Wilson Saucedo (left) translates remarks from Luis Cardosao, representative of GBGM Latin America, from Spanish to English at the close of Together in Mission on Jan. 25. Cardosao said, “It’s very important for us in Latin America to have your support and your prayers.” Photo by Tabitha Beckman.

By Tabitha Beckman

Mission partnerships and missional focal issues were at the heart of a recent informational event in Oklahoma City.

The Together in Mission event, put on by Oklahoma United Methodist Conference Office of Mission and held at OKC-New Hope, invited people to learn about the conference’s partnerships in mission as well as issues related to poverty, community health, migration and refugees, and young adults in service.

The conference has mission partnerships with the United Methodist conferences in four countries: Bolivia, Chile, Colombia and the Mexico Eastern Conference. Representatives from each conference were on hand to share about their respective ministry contexts. Lunch was provided by the Oklahoma Methodist Foundation.

Oklahoma Bishop Jimmy Nunn delivered the keynote address during the plenary session. Jeremy Basset, director of the OKUMC’s Office of Mission, welcomed all the presenters and guests from the General Board of Global Ministries.

After the opening worship, attendees broke out into workshops led by partnership coordinators. Zach Zink and Jonathon Clinesmith led the workshop on Bolivia; Karen Distefano led the workshop on Chile; Carlos Ramirez led the workshop on Colombia; and Kevin Andrews led the workshop on Mexico.

In the afternoon, four workshops covered focus areas of mission. Clayton Childers led a poverty workshop; Susan Barnes and Jeremy Basset led a community health workshop; Jeannie Himes led a migration and refugees workshop; and Adam Hodge and Distefano led a young adults in service workshop.

Luis Cardosao, a GBGM representative of Latin America, closed the final worship with words of encouragement from the Methodists in Latin America as Wilson Saucedo, the VIM Coordinator from the Bolivian Conference, helped translate.

For more information about mission opportunities, contact Lori Foster at lfoster@okumc.org.

Bishop Jimmy Nunn

Bishop Jimmy Nunn shares a keynote address about the importance of missions.

Taking Notes

Attendees take notes during the plenary session of the Together in Mission event on Jan. 25.

Leadership Ponchos

Wilson Saucedo (middle), the VIM coordinator for the Bolivian Conference, presents Zack Zink (left) and Jon Clinesmith (right) with ponchos on behalf of Bolivian Bishop Antonio Huanca Corimayta and the Bolivian Conference. The poncho’s design and color signify leadership within Bolivian communities.

Photos by Tabitha Beckman


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