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Thursday, Jan 10, 2013
Scouting Ministries are an important part The United Methodist Church and we encourage churches to celebrate Scouting Sunday for the Boys and Girl Scout troops in your community.  Scouting Sunday for boys and girls can be celebrated together or independently. Boy Scout Sunday is suggested for February 10, 2013, while Girl Scout Sunday is suggested for March 10, 2013.  Suggested Scout Sunday Worship Guide  Some additional resources:Recoginize the youth with patc... (read more)
Thursday, Jan 10, 2013
Sixty-seven United Theological Seminary graduates participated in the Seminary's Advent Commencement held December 14 at Ginghamsburg Church, Tipp City, OH.  Bishop Michael J. Coyner of the Indiana Area UMC was the featured speaker at the Seminary's Advent Commencement ceremony, traveling from Indianapolis, IN, to deliver the address, "Loving the Unlovely."   Bishop Coyner has served numerous churches as Pastor, as District Superintendent and as Executive Assis... (read more)
New Cessna Plane
Wednesday, Jan 9, 2013
Thanks to your generosity, Wings of the Morning will soon have the new plane needed to help people who struggle daily for survival.  Columbus Dispatch article: Church Donations Buy New PlaneWatch for news about the plane's travel to Ohio for refurbishing and for opportunities to see the plane and bless the ministry.Aviation ministry is expensive to maintain and costs approximately $250,000 annually to operate Wings of the Morning. This cost includes fuel, salar... (read more)
Monday, Oct 15, 2012
Every VIM trip to Nuevo Progreso is unique – different team members, different patients, and this year, different location. And yet despite the differences that each new year brings, it is the similarities of the trip that bring me back each year. My excitement and anticipation levels rise when the calendar page flips to August. I know that there will always be a new set of challenges, both devastating and wonderful. This year was no exception.On Wednesday afte... (read more)
Monday, Oct 15, 2012
We’ve been in Syzran three days now, and I’m beginning to think these Russian women mean me harm. I’m the “good eater” of the group; Russian cuisine doesn’t bother me (even at the orphanage), and the women of the Syzran UMC have risen to the occasion. Again and again they fill my plate with all manner of food.  I do my best, but it just won’t stop. I keep thinking dinner is over, only to have someone appear from the kitchen with another heaping platter. “Russia... (read more)
Monday, Oct 15, 2012
I still remember the first time I met Pastor Irina.  She was part of the Russia Delegation visiting the West Ohio Annual Conference to promote partnerships between the churches of West Ohio and the Volga District in Russia.  Although we met over six years ago, I clearly recall our first conversation.  It went something like this:  “Hello, my name is Irina.  I graduated from seminary in 2004.”  I responded, “Me too!”  I shared, “I was married shortly after gradu... (read more)
Monday, Oct 15, 2012
Hello, my name is Maxim Kvyatkovskiy, I am 21 years old and I'd like to share my story with you.I’m from Russia; my mother is a Muslim and my father is a non-practicing Christian. We are a very strong and happy family; my younger sister and I were taught to be honest, responsible and respectful. We’ve grown up surrounded by the love of my mother and strictness of my father, and we grew up in a family where the questions of religion or worship had never been rai... (read more)
Monday, Oct 15, 2012
My name is Tola Seng. I’m from Phnom Penh, Cambodia. I just turned 24 years old in October. I was born in a refugee camp on the Thai border to a single mother who, by God’s grace, was able to raise my sisters and me on her own. I grew up watching my mother struggle to earn money to support us, and I always wished I could grow up faster so that I could find a job and help her. My mother became a Christian when we were in the refugee camp, and when peace finally... (read more)
Monday, Oct 15, 2012
By Mariellyn Dunlap GraceFor many children in the United States, church camp is a rite of passage, a summer-time tradition. Not so for missionary kids like Nicole and Michelle Gitobu, who live in Cambodia in Southeast Asia. This summer, however, while their mother, Missionary Esther Gitobu, itinerated to various churches in West Ohio, Nicole (age 14) and Michelle (age 11) were gifted with the opportunity of attending Camp Otterbein in the Hocking Hills of Ohio.... (read more)
Monday, Oct 15, 2012
By Mariellyn Dunlap GraceE. Barte never expected to marry a missionary, let alone become one. Growing up in the Philippines, E. was, in his own words, a very ‘active’ young adult. “When the pastor came to lead Bible study at my house, I would escape from the house to play basketball with my friends,” E. recalls. But after meeting his future wife, then a student deaconess, his life would quickly change.B. Barte grew up attending a large, urban United Methodist C... (read more)