Mission Related News

Peterson Gives Mission Barn Update

January 18, 2022
Despite the pandemic, the Eastbrook Mission Barn sent more than 3000 UMCOR Cleaning Buckets and Hygiene Kits to needed areas around the country in 2021 and volunteers built 30 ramps in the area. In her January 2022 newsletter, Mission Barn Director Katie Peterson provided the numbers and gave an update on what's happening and how volunteers can help in 2022.  She also offered thanks for prayers, donations of money, supplies and kits, as well as service by volunteers.  "Your hands and feet are ... read more

The Nyadire Connection Names New Leaders

October 18, 2021
The Nyadire Connection (TNC) mission support organization is celebrating its 15th anniversary this year and has selected a new leadership team as part of its “Forward 15” strategy for the future. Founded in 2006 after a mission trip by 18 Pittsburgh residents to Zimbabwe, TNC (www.nyadire.org) is a faith-based, all-volunteer, non-profit organization that supports the Nyadire United Methodist Mission in the northeastern part of Zimbabwe. Since its founding, TNC and its donors have provided more ... read more

UMCOR Grants Provide Help for Haiti

August 25, 2021
In response to the 7.2 magnitude earthquake that rocked Haiti on August 14, The United Methodist Committee on Relief has awarded grants to provide urgently needed medical supplies. The quake, which particularly damaged the southern and western regions of the island, has left more than 2,200 dead and 12,000 injured. Several hospitals have been damaged or destroyed. Those still open are completely overwhelmed, lacking sufficient personnel and medical supplies.  The first UMCOR grant, to the ... read more

Church Issues Personal Care Kit Challenge

February 3, 2021
Since 1989, Global Links has worked to recover surplus medical supplies from hospitals and relied on volunteers to sort and package them to send to areas where they are needed. More recently through partnerships with many "safety-net" organizations in the Pittsburgh region they've also provided basic first-aid and hygiene supplies for homeless people and mobility devices for area residents.  During the COVID-19 pandemic, while their community partners were seeing an increasing need, Global ... read more

Help UMCOR Respond in Tennessee

March 4, 2020
Soon after tornadoes and hailstorms devastated several communities in Nashville and other parts of Middle Tennessee during the early morning hours of March 3, United Methodists were praying and working together to help those affected. "I am thankful that through our United Methodist Connection, before daylight, our people were connecting and mobilizing to respond to the disaster," said Bishop Bill McAlilly of the Tennessee Conference. "As we continue to assess damages to churches, homes and ... read more

Mission Volunteer Opportunities

December 3, 2019
Mission Volunteers are individuals or couples (ages 18 and up) who seek long-term partnerships with communities around the world. Mission Volunteer opportunities are diverse and range from working with refugees, children and youth, serving as a teacher, pastor, camp director or health care professional. The length of service ranges from two months to more than two years.   Current Mission Volunteer placement openings with immediate need: Nepal- United Mission to Nepal Tansen Tutorial Group, a ... read more

Nicaragua Missionary Visiting WPAUMC

September 25, 2019
Dr. Belinda Forbes, center, is shown with WPAUMC Mission Engagement Coordinator Sandra Matoushaya, left, and the Rev. Alyce Weaver Dunn, director of connectional ministries at the UM Center in Cranberry Twp.  Dr. Belinda Forbes, a dentist and United Methodist missionary serving with Acción Médica Cristiana (Christian Medical Action or AMC) in Managua, Nicaragua, will speak at several Western PA churches during November.  AMC is a Nicaraguan Christian ecumenical organization specializing in ... read more

Kissinger To Lead WPA Disaster Response

July 15, 2019
The Western PA Disaster Response Ministries Team has been lending assistance on a case by case basis in areas affected by flash flooding and tornado activity this summer.  As of July 1, 2019, David Kissinger of Elton: Zion UMC, who has served as coordinator of the Johnstown District Disaster Response Team since 2015, is coordinating the Conference Disaster Response Ministries Team. Kissinger has been involved in Disaster Response Ministry for several years in Pennsylvania and beyond, including ... read more

Making a Difference: World Methodist Peace Award

October 23, 2018
Tina Whitehead, volunteer missionary from WPA, recently returned to Jerusalem and was present at the Tent of Nations, south of Bethlehem, to witness Daoud Nassar and the Nassar Family being presented with the 2017 World Methodist Peace Award . Tina Whitehead and Daoud Nassar with newly planted lemon tree. On October 11, 2018, Bishop Ivan Abrahams of the World Methodist Council presented the prestigious award to the Nassar family, for their bridge-building efforts through the Tent of Nations ... read more

Disaster Response Update -- 10/9/2018

October 8, 2018
After several areas of southwestern and central Pennsylvania experienced flash flooding in early September and Hurricane Florence made landfall around Wilmington, NC on Friday, Sept. 14, the need for UMCOR cleaning buckets and hygiene kits became urgent.  Invitations came in early October for Early Response Teams from Western PA  (or teams lead by a trained ERT volunteer) to come to both North Carolina and South Carolina to help in Florence clean-up. Pastor Calvin Cook, WPAUMC Disaster Response ... read more

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