The Urban Mission: Listening with Compassion, Serving with Love

By Rick Wolcott* “We at the Urban Mission feel a deep passion to connect with the community,” says Kelly Jeffers, director of New Initiatives. The community the Mission serves has seen its share of hard times. The U.S. Census Bureau estimates that the population of Steubenville in 2017 was 18,003.  That’s a significant drop from [...]

Sharing the Living Water of the Gospel

By Rev. Lee Ann Dunlap* The day in Rio Bravo, Mexico was hot, and we were sweltering even in the shade at the elementary school. But the mother and her little ones waited patiently in the cement courtyard for their turn to see our medical mission team that she hoped would help her family. Though [...]

UMC Conferences Come Together to Offer Help – and Hope – in Puerto Rico

By Rick Wolcott* “All of you are a gift from God because your presence here lets us know we are not alone,” Methodist Church of Puerto Rico Bishop Hector Ortiz told the 40 members of our joint mission team from the East Ohio Conference and the Western Pennsylvania Conference. We spent the last week of [...]