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Mission 200: UMVIM—What? Why? How?

8/28/2019

Mission 200: UMVIM—What? Why? How?

  “People appreciated our presence in their community and said over and over again how important that presence is to them. The also recognized that many people in our communities and families had made it possible for us to be there.” “I will go on other mission trips—without question. It was a week where working to help others in need brought me many unexpected gifts.” UMVIM, United Methodist Volunteers in Mission, is a part of the Mission Volunteers program area of the General Board of Global...

Disaster preparedness and response workshops offered during Mission 200 celebrations

8/21/2019

Disaster preparedness and response workshops offered during Mission 200 celebrations

When disasters happen, local churches can provide early response to help their communities. They can do this best if they have prepared in advance. This basic understanding that disaster response is local, forms the foundations for UMCOR’s (United Methodist Committee on Relief) disaster preparedness and response efforts. So how can individuals and churches be prepared to serve their communities with compassion in times of need? There will be two workshops presented at the Crossing Boundaries: ...

Celebrations to highlight 200 years of mission, future church work

8/7/2019

Celebrations to highlight 200 years of mission, future church work

The United Methodist Church has been “on a mission” for more than 200 years and plans are underway in the Oregon-Idaho Conference to celebrate and reflect on where the church has been and where it’s headed this fall. In October, people in the Oregon-Idaho Conference will have the opportunity to participate in any one of the three special celebrations and workshops in the area to honor the 200th anniversary of the Global Missions program of The United Methodist Church, the 150th anniversary of ...

Ministry marketplace open for 'business' at Annual Conference

5/22/2019

Ministry marketplace open for 'business' at Annual Conference

Learn about Reconciling Ministries, Peace with Justice or "Go Nuts for Jesus" at the Ministry Marketplace being held during the Annual Conference session in Eugene. The Ministry Marketplace will be located in the convention center lobby of the Hotel Eugene, where the Annual Conference sessions will be held Thursday, June 13 through Saturday morning, June 15. There are more than 20 vendors available to provide participants and visitors with all sorts of interesting information. “The Ministry ...

ERT volunteers needed in Saipan

5/15/2019

ERT volunteers needed in Saipan

It takes more than 20 hours to fly there, but the people of Saipan are in desperate need of trained volunteer emergency responders to help them as they struggle to rebuild after Typhoon Yutu ripped through the area last fall. Larry Johnson, a member of the Oregon-Idaho Conference Emergency Response Team (ERT), recently returned from a two-week work trip there. As a commonwealth of the United States, the Federal Emergency Management Association (FEMA) is looking for volunteer organizations ...

Oregon-Idaho missionaries see border crisis up close

5/8/2019

Oregon-Idaho missionaries see border crisis up close

There’s nothing quite as heartbreaking as stumbling across a grave of a young migrant infant in the desert. But that’s what Oregon-Idaho Conference missionaries and volunteers Evelyn Erbele, Teri Erbele and Louise Kienzle got to see when they took an up-close tour of the U.S./Mexico border in early April near Nogales, Ariz., and Mexico. “You just can’t describe it. There is nothingness, but this heat and wind and then you come across a grave,” Evelyn Erbele said. “And you realize you’re in ...

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:  ...

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