MISSIONS & COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT
Have you always been interested in joining a mission team but don’t know what to do or how to do it? Mission journeys are travels that transform our lives through blessings, dreams and visions of strangers who over time become friends, through beautiful moments and bumpy roads as we answer a call to serve in new places. Do you have a yearning to discover, to experience deep reflections and exhaustion for the hope of being a part the mission story. Educators, medical folks, electricians, handy people, construction workers, pastors, all sorts of folks are needed to build relationships, share the Gospel, and help leave the world better than you found it for the sake of Christ. Remember God does not call the qualified, God qualifies the called. Your skills, prayers, witness, personality, and gifts are an answer to someone's prayers.
Here is a list of places where the East Ohio Conference of the UMC is involved. Contact the person about the place that grabs your heart and curiosity and see what worlds will open up for you! If you have a general question about anything on these pages, please contact Kathy Dickriede.
Go ahead, say a prayer for courage, be brave, take a risk and contact someone today!
Puerto Rico Long-Term Recovery | May 28 - June 4, 2022
Team Leader: Georgette Gaston E-mail | Cost: approx. $1,300
Firelands District Youth | June 26 - July 2, 2022
Team Leader: Katie Woods E-mail
Cass Community Social Services in Detroit.
Illinois | Midwest Mission Distribution Center | September 2022
Team Leader: Sandra Bittner E-mail
This team is full, but if you are interested in going to MMDC, contact Melanie Thomas via E-Mail or by calling (330) 499-3972 ext. 102.
Yaounde, Cameroon | October 16-31, 2022
Team Leader: Rev. Tammy Kuntz E-mail | Cost: approx. $2,500
Join the team as we build relationships and assist with church construction in partnership with Ebenezer Community UMC in Yaounde, Cameroon. Flyer
Lake Charles, Louisiana Long-Term Recovery | October 24-28, 2022
Team Leader: Becky Zatezalo E-mail or (440) 476-8248
As a group, the team will coordinate travel with some driving together and some flying together. Food and lodging for Sunday night thru Saturday morning is only $100. Registration deadline is August 1.
Guatemala | December 4-10, 2022
Team Leaders: Kimberly Arbaugh E-mail and Doug Arbaugh E-mail | Cost: approx. $1,500
The team will be working at Camp Lemoa (a UMC Camp) to restore for future teams, pastor retreats, children’s programming, and more. We will do light construction work and relationship building. Must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 and have a current passport. Contact Kim or Doug for more details.
Harrisburg, Liberia | 2023
Team Leaders: Patti Partridge & Rev. John Partridge E-mail | Cost: TBD
Further develop, and continue construction of the new Elementary school, and the Agricultural High School being built by Farmer to Farmer and Saint John's UMC in Harrisburg, Liberia. Trip may include light construction, painting, planning, and always lots of relationship building, singing, laughing, loving, and playing with the children of Harrisburg.
While we are not traveling to many of our partner mission sites, this is a way to be connected to our partners by creating a virtual mission experience. It is also a great way for people who traditionally have not had the time or physical ability to go on a mission journey to participate. If you’re interested in organizing your own virtual journey, contact Kathy Dickriede and read these resources from UMVIM.
UMVIM maintains a list of sites that need mission teams. You can find sites for long term disaster recovery projects and other mission sites in the United States and around the world. There are contacts listed for each location if you want more info about a specific site.
The East Ohio Conference Office:
located in North Canton, OH,
near Akron-Canton Airport.
8800 Cleveland Ave. NW
North Canton, OH 44720
Local: (330) 499-3972
Toll Free: (800) 831-3972
Fax: (330) 499-3279
Monday through Friday
8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
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