Thursday, June 18, 2009

Our first partnering church!

We are excited for our new partnership with Chagrin Falls UMC.  The people at Chagrin Falls UMC will be in prayer for us, supporting us with monetary donations, and learning more about the people in Liberia at the Camphor Mission Station.  This is such an exciting time for us and for the congregation in Chagrin.  If you want to know how you can be a partner church please email us at


Thursday, June 11, 2009

Collecting items for a container to send to Liberia

Camphor Mission Station Liberia

Transforming lives from a dark yesterday to a brighter tomorrow.

The Camphor United Methodist Mission is one of the oldest boarding missions in Liberia established in 1948 by local Liberians.   This is the location that Rev. Kathy and Dr. Danny Dickriede will be returning to in September as missionaries.  We are organizing a container of items to ship via Firestone Rubber Company's ocean freight in the fall of this year.  We are furnishing missionary housing for us and future Volunteer in Mission Teams.   YOU may be of some help to them with this endeavor.  Items do not need to be new.  Remember everything needs to non-electric!  Check out your own home, garage sales, and second hand stores.  See Kathy,  if you have questions.

Office Supplies                                                                   

Filing Cabinets  (3)                                                              

Cabinets with lockable doors (10)                                    

Book shelves (10)                                                               

Medical/nursing text books                                                

Classroom posters, games, activities                              


Mountain Bikes

Garden Tools

Air pump

Spare Tires and tubes

Box fans (10)                                                    

Gas Can

Building Supplies


Window screening



Housing Needs                                                                  

Bunk Beds  (10)                                                                   

Small rugs                                                                             

Pots and pans                                                                    

Pantry  Shelves (2)                                                            

Picnic table (2)                                                                    

Linens for twin beds

Water filter (2)

Couches  (4)

Family room chairs  (6)

Thank you so much for supporting this ministry.  The Dinner, Live and Silent Auction at the Patrician was a huge success.  The proceeds from that event will help to support the cost of this container.  An ongoing fundraiser, The Year of 100 Dinners has begun.  See if you are interested in knowing more about this ministry.  

Sunday, June 7, 2009


We are really humbled and grateful for the article and publicity in the Mentor News Herald.  If you would like to make a donation to the Camphor Mission and the work that we are doing there you can write a check payable to Mentor UMC with Camphor or Rosemark in the memo and send it to 8600 Mentor Ave. Mentor, Ohio 44060.  If you have questions please email at
Thank you!

A great read for further education about Liberia, their history, and their war is The House at Sugar Beach by Helene Cooper.  

Monday, June 1, 2009

The Year of 100 Dinners

Can you imagine, that eating a meal here could feed a community in Africa?  Have you always wanted to make a difference, but did not know how?  Imagine hosting a dinner for no other reason but to eat, socialize, and come together for a cause bigger than yourself. 


You as a supporter of the Camphor Mission, will invite friends, family, neighbors, and/or colleagues to a dinner.  You can host this gathering in your home, restaurants, party centers, parks, or even your workplace to enjoy a meal and raise funds to support the Camphor Mission Station in Liberia.  Participants agree to host an event and ask their guests to make a financial donation to Camphor Mission Station.  The possibilities are endless!

By particiapting in The Year of 100 Dinners you will learn more about the people and the needs at the Camphor Mission Station in Liberia. 

         300 students at the J.F. Yancy School

         100 of the students are boarding

         need for a full feeding program

         need for missionary housing

         need for 300 mosquito nets

         need for student scholarships

         need for clean water sources in local villages

         need for reliable vehicle

         and so many other needs that occur daily.


Even though the needs are many, through the combined effort of Mentor UMC folks, the many congregations in the East Ohio Conference, and the community beyond the church walls, these needs and more will be met. 

How would money be used at the Camphor Mission Station? 

  • $25 pays for 5 gallons of kerosene to fuel clinic refrigeration for vaccinations.
  • $25 sends a child to school for a month
  • $80 pays a teacher salary for one month
  • $1000 pats a teacher salary for a year
  • $2000 pays for a well in a village
  • $2000 supports Danny and Kathy as missionaries for a month
  • $3000 pays for clean sanitation/toilet    How does the Year of 100 Dinners work?


    Who can host a dinner?  Anyone.  You don’t need to be a member of Mentor UMC to host an event.


    How do I host a dinner?  Send invitations, use evites (, call friends, organize a dinner.  The Virtual Hostess is available to help you plan your event.  They will supply you with brochures and a DVD that helps to give more details about the Camphor Mission Station.  You will be empowered to share this information with your guests at dinner.  You and your guest will be surprised by how much you will learn.


    When and Where to have a dinner?  Any time, any place.  Be creative.


    Some suggestions




    Pool Party

    Block Party

    Dinner Party        

    Ice Cream Social

    In leiu of gifts for Birthday

    Themed dinners i.e. Chinese night, Taco Tuesday

    Meal with an already organized group in your life

    The sky is the limit!

    Monetary Donations  Checks can be written to Mentor UMC with Camphor Mission in the memo.  Mailed to Mentor UMC 8600 Mentor Ave. , Mentor, Ohio 44060  Attention: Joan Sadler, Treasurer

    Virtual Hostess will answer any other questions you may have about hosting one of our Year of 100 Dinners.

    Why host a dinner?  This is a great way for everyone to make a difference.  By participating in one of these events, dinner hosts and guests have the honor in their own small way to show people in Liberia that they matter and that they are loved. 

    If you host a dinner, let us know who is there, what kind of event you are holding, send us a photo to add to the blog and let us know how much you raised!  You are a part of an exciting project!  Peace and thanks,

    Kathy and Danny Dickriede