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Early Response Team from Oregon-Idaho Responds to Hurricane Florence

10/24/2018

Early Response Team from Oregon-Idaho Responds to Hurricane Florence

Larry Johnson at an ERT Fair earlier this year Larry Johnson and Tom Ettelson of Mt Home UMC in Sherwood, Oregon are traveling to North Carolina as part of a United Methodist Early Response Team to help with local recovery after Hurricane Florence, which struck North Carolina on September 14th. Larry is the Oregon-Idaho Annual Conference Coordinator of the Early Response Team program.  Both Larry and Tom have been through the Early Response Team Training, which is a collaborative effort of ...

Special offering on Thursday of AC for Kenya

5/30/2018

Special offering on Thursday of AC for Kenya

During Thursday’s commissioning service at Boise First UMC during Annual Conference, a special offering will be taken to support the work the Oregon-Idaho Conference has engaged in with partners in health in Kenya. This offering will go to the Maua Methodist Hospital, where a number of Oregon-Idaho United Methodist Volunteers in Mission (UMVIM) teams have visited in there past. The specific program being supporting through this special offering for Maua is a new program called Surgical Access ...

L.A.S.T. 2014: Jesus, Justice and Mercy

1/6/2015

L.A.S.T. 2014: Jesus, Justice and Mercy

2014 was a wonderful summer of ministry at L.A.S.T. (Learning and Serving Together). This mission program designed to link youth and young adults with service opportunities, helps participants connect their service to their faith. More than 200 people from 20 different churches traveled to the sites in Portland or Eugene, Oregon for one of the seven week-long summer mission trips. Rev. Jeff Lowery and his staff hosted church groups from Utah, Idaho, Oregon and Washington.  Each day youth were ...

UMVIM Volunteers Rebuild in Yukon

9/25/2013

UMVIM Volunteers Rebuild in Yukon

When the Yukon River in Alaska flooded behind an ice dam in late May, over 1,200 miles of the river flooded many small and remote villages. Galena, about 200 miles west- northwest of Fairbanks was one of the largest, with about 500 permanent residents and 230 boarding school students. With all but a very few homes damaged, some extensively, connections to the outside world by only barge and air, and extreme winter weather conditions, Galena needed help quickly. (Photo above left to right:  ...

Peru - Bolivia Lake Titicaca Border Mission<br>Mision Fronteras

12/28/2011
Misión Fronteras serves the predominantly Aymara communities of Peru and Bolivia surrounding Lake Titicaca. Located in the altiplano at 12,500 feet above sea level, this is the poorest economic region of both countries. Boise First United Methodist Church has been visiting this rural area with Salem’s retired Reverend Arturo Fernandez since 2001. Teams have gone nearly annually to work with Methodist churches and communities as well as national church leadership of both countries. In 2009 a ...

Why UMVIM... <br>United Methodist Volunteers In Mission?

12/23/2011
“UMVIM…….What is it?” We hear this question so often…..and from Methodists! As your Oregon-Idaho Annual Conference UMVIM Coordinators, we are trying hard to provide more information about the many programs available through United Methodist Volunteers in Mission. Our own experience with UMVIM began as Individual Volunteers, serving for a year in Peru as onsite coordinators of the new Peru-Bolivia Border Mission. (Misión Fronteras) We were fortunate to learn first-hand about the process of ...

UMVIM Team Supports Learning in Costa Rica

4/20/2011

UMVIM Team Supports Learning in Costa Rica

A United Methodist Volunteer in Mission (UMVIM) Team has recently returned from Costa Rica. Glenn and Donna Waltman of Gresham were part of the team that worked at the Universidad de Biblica Latinamerica, a small United Methodist school. As part of a team of fifteen from Oregon and Washington they contributed to an ongoing project to provide married student housing. A Team from Rose City Park Church in Portland, and another from Louisiana had preceded the group and torn down four old homes. The ...

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