Oklahoma Conference of the United Methodist Church

Young adult US-2 joins Restore Hope staff


Cecilia Hayes

A 23-year-old woman with interests in missionary work and global health has joined Restore Hope Ministries in Tulsa as a Global Mission Fellow.
Cecilia Hayes, the daughter of a pastor in Texas, has taken on chaplain duties at Restore Hope, which seeks to restore families in financial crisis to economic and spiritual vitality.
She will work for two years at the United Methodist-related agency in Tulsa. She learned about the opportunity to serve as a Global Mission Fellow from her father, Terrence Hayes, pastor of Windcrest UMC in San Antonio.
In her new role, Cecelia is responsible for organizing daily chapel services, said Restore Hope Director Jeff Jaynes. She arranges for a speaker or gives the message herself. She helps coordinate the prayer volunteers who come to serve at the center each day. They also offer Bibles to families.
“I love it. I love my clients,” Cecilia said. Restore Hope gives families “light in their dark situations.”
The assignment also provides Cecilia opportunity to fulfill her desire to help families in need, Rev. Jaynes said. The experience will give her a chance to “explore what she wants to do later in life,” he said.
Cecelia is staying in a house on Oklahoma Methodist Manor property in Tulsa.
She takes online nursing classes from San Antonio’s Wayland Baptist University and is interested in going to medical school to become a trauma surgeon. She also wants to work with people who suffer from malaria, diarrhea, and HIV/AIDS in Africa.
“I have always wanted to travel and do missionary work,” she said.
Two tracks of service are available for young adults as Global Mission Fellows: US-2 and international service, according to the General Board of Global Ministries.
To find out more, contact:
Sarah Nichols of Oklahoma City, director of Young Adult Mission and Service for the Oklahoma Conference, 405-530-2008 or snichols@okumc.org, or
Go online to www.umcmission.org/Get-Involved/Generation-Transformation/GMF


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