Mission Related News

Mission Volunteer Opportunities

12/3/2019

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 ...


Nicaragua Missionary Visiting WPAUMC

9/25/2019

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 ...


Kissinger To Lead WPA Disaster Response

7/15/2019

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 ...


Making a Difference: World Methodist Peace Award

10/23/2018

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 ...


Disaster Response Update -- 10/9/2018

10/8/2018

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 ...


Apply to be WPAUMC Mission Amabassador

9/12/2018

--By Jodale Barnhart**-- Oh, the places you’ll go… Will you visit a college or hospital in India… or hang out with a missionary in Brazil or Zimbabwe… or learn about the United Methodist Church in Lithuania… or help at a refugee relief center in Texas… or learn how Methodists are combatting human trafficking in Hawaii?  There are lots of places to go and lots of people to meet!   As a 2019 – 2021 Mission Ambassador you will help choose what world-wide locations you visit that are tied to the ...


WPAUMC enews for June 27, 2018

6/28/2018

Disaster Response: United Methodist Disaster Response Team leaders and volunteers were mobilized after severe rain and flash flooding hit areas of Southwestern PA on the evening of June 20. Among the hardest hit was the borough of Bridgeville south of Pittsburgh, where one woman died and between 60 to 80 homes and businesses were damaged. Learn more. UMCOR Kits Needed: Although the Eastbrook Mission Barn received a good number of cleaning buckets and hygiene kits during annual conference, more ...


UMCOR Aids Bridgeville Flood Response

6/27/2018

United Methodist Disaster Response Team leaders and volunteers were mobilized after severe rain and flash flooding hit areas of Southwestern PA on the evening of June 20.  Among the hardest hit was in Bridgeville, south of Pittsburgh, where one woman died and 60 to 80 homes and businesses were damaged.   Many described it as the worst flooding in 65 years. Wendy Abbott of Upper St. Clair was swept away by the floodwaters of McLaughlin Run in Upper St. Clair. Her body was found the next morning ...


Greensburg District Clergy Rise Against Hunger

1/29/2018

In lieu of a Christmas party in December, Greensburg District clergy families gathered for an "Epiphany" party in late January to "Rise Against Hunger." About 35 active and retired clergy and family members formed assembly lines and packed more than 10,000 meals in less than two hours at Charter Oak UMC.    Instead of the usual dinner and entertainment, we promoted global heath and focused on ministry with the poor," said Greensburg District Superintendent Pat Nelson. "Rev. Donna Gabler, and ...


Whitehead Can't Stay in Holy Land

1/24/2018

Tina Whitehead, who has served as a volunteer Conference missionary in the Holy Land for several months each year since 2006, is back in Western Pennsylvania after experiencing difficulties entering Israel. Whitehead, who has shared her experiences in classes at Mission u, the Annual Conference Lay Academy, and at the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie-Mellon University Osher Institute programs, sent the following note to those from the Conference who have supported her missionary efforts. ...


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