This is going to be an exciting year for East Ohio Conference of The United Methodist Church and their relationship with the Camphor Mission Station in Liberia.
Rev. Scott Low is spending 7 weeks on sabbatical leave in Liberia arriving on January 6 with his daughter Lizzy who is staying for 2 weeks and son Josh who is staying for 4 months! Scott will bring the Change the World curriculum to Liberia, bible studies, relationships, pastor training, and more.
The Pedaling Parson led by Rev. Don Richards will be with Scott on the mission beginning January 14th. The seven person team from East Ohio will ride bikes with other Liberian pastors to Buchanan, the beach, celebrate with lunch and a ceremonial time of bike dedication and gifting 11 bikes to 11 Liberian pastors. Rev. Roosevelt Goah the district superintendent of the St. John River District has done an amazing job of partnering with Don to make this time meaningful. The team will also work on improving staff housing on the mission.
Rev. Kathy Dickriede will travel to Camphor on February 2 with 2 teams of UMVIM folks to be on the mission until March 3. We will join Scott in the work that he is doing as well as teacher training, mini VBS, sewing projects, decorating classrooms, relationship building, and so much more. Joining this group is laity, clergy, and our very own Bishop John Hopkins! It will be an exciting time for ministry and leadership at Camphor Mission. Kathy and Danny will travel with Bishop Hopkins, Rick Wolcott, Judy Wismer-Claycomb, and Steve Court to Sierra Leone to visit the Manajama Clinic and participate in the Sierra Leone Annual Conference for one week in early March before all return to East Ohio.
Josh Low will travel with a team of 4 UMVIMers led by Kevin Schaner and Linda Bloom to Ganta Mission Station in midMarch. The team will focus on library training and medical needs at the Ganta Hospital.
In late May an UMVIM team from Garfield UMC led by Sandy VerDuin in Pepperpike will travel to Camphor Mission to continue working on church relationships and renovations on the building and parsonage.
The first 2 weeks of June Mt. Vernon Gay Street UMC will be on the Camphor Mission and a Youth and Young adult team led by Rev. Jason Hockran will be on the mission the last 2 weeks in June!
Praise God for the work of each of these groups. Stay connected to the blog as we attempt to make regular updates! Please keep all of these teams in your prayers.