Mission and Service Ministry Team
The Oklahoma Annual Conference
has a long and very strong history of involvement in Mission.
Mission has been integral to our journey since the very beginning.
Agencies that are under the MSMT umbrella include: Board of Church & Society, Criminal Justice and Mercy Ministries, Circle of Care, Cookson Hills Center, Neighborhood Services Organization, Oklahoma UM Retirement Facilities, Restore Hope Ministries, Skyline Urban Ministry, Office of Mission (Volunteers in Mission, Disaster Response, Project Transformation), Young People’s Ministry, Christian Unity and Interreligious Relations, and Woodworth Estate Committee.
Circle of Care provides Christian help, healing, and hope to children and families in crisis to ensure a safe, healthy, and spiritual future.
Circle of is celebrating 100 years of service to the children in need in Oklahoma. COC is focused on creating more foster homes/facilities/programs that are designed to keep sibling groups together. circleofcare.org
NSO: Neighborhood Services Organization works with and provides temporary housing and living skills for young homeless men; housing and daily living needs for those with mental illness; temporary housing and support for homeless single mothers and their children. www.nsookc.org
CJAMM’s mission is to break the cycle of incarceration by developing Christian relationships through redemption churches, and by operating Exodus Houses, reentry homes for newly released inmates. New Day Camps serve the children of incarcerated parents. cjamm.org
Lydia Patterson Institute
in El Paso, Texas, provides education to poor children in the area, many who are from Juarez, Mexico, and have to make a long and sometimes dangerous trip across the border every day to attend LPI. lpi-elp.com
Cookson Hills Center
Cookson Hills Center, which serves the poor in eastern Oklahoma. Cookson Hills serves seniors, provides daycare, and operates cottage industries that provide jobs and create income. The mission has a pack-and-snack program that provides food to children over the weekends.
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Karen Distefano introduced George Howard, GBGM’s general secretary of Global Coaching and Strategic Initiatives. Howard thanked the conference for its support and dedication to mission work.
Residents at Epworth Villa (OKC)
Residents at Epworth Villa develop intergenerational relationships by welcoming student visitors and have community partnerships with area infant/children’s programs. Oklahoma Methodist Manor serves over 400 people in that retirement living community in Tulsa.