Mission Academy RoundUP

August 9-12, 2018

Wesley Woods Camp and Retreat Center

Williams Bay, WI

Mission Academy RoundUP was held August 9-12, 2018 at Wesley Woods Camp and Retreat Center in Williams Bay, Wisconsin. This event, held every other year, brings together folks from around the North Central Jurisdiction for sharing, learning, and networking on many aspects of serving God’s kingdom in mission. Wesley Woods offered a beautiful location for the 2018 gathering.

Trainings included Connecting Neighbors led by Lynnette Jordan (Wisconsin) and UMVIM Team Leader training, led by Rev. Melissa Bracht-Wagner (Iowa).

Three plenary sessions were scheduled with follow-up sessions.

  • Dr. F. Willis Johnson (West Ohio) shared his experience and thoughts on responding to systemic racism in mission work.
  • Sabrina Rogers and Kathleen Griffith (Global Ministries) discussed the Abundant Health Initiative of Global Health and ways local churches can work to promote the physical health of the congregation.
  • TeachUM mission opportunities were shared by Cherie Minor (Iowa), director of Mobile United Methodist Missionaries, a group taking Vacation Bible School to many places around Iowa; Dr. Carol Meynen (Northern Illinois), community health team leader; and Dewey Miller (Indiana), director of Kunadaa International.

Discussions specific to mission projects were led by:

Thursday afternoon began with sessions on the Discover…Mission journey to China. This young adult mission journey is planned for July 17-31, 2019 led by Bishop Jung (Wisconsin) and David and Christy Newhouse (Michigan). Una Jones (Global Ministries) shared conversation on using A Mission Journey: A Handbook for Volunteers before, during, and after the mission journey. Kathy Dickriede (East Ohio) led discussions on Cultural Competency as teams prepare to serve in places very different from their home.

Bishop Sally Dyck officially opened the event with Thursday evening worship and communion.

Friday and Saturday sessions included Rev. Dr. Susan Jennys (Dakotas), who offered a crash course in Native American cross-cultural awareness. Rev. Lyndy Zabel (Minnesota) shared ways to help teams grow spiritually while in the mission field. Transformation Youth Mission led by Rev. Lenore Robinson (East Ohio) focused on building youth leaders in the midst of planning the mission journey. Rev. Kathy Dickriede (East Ohio) shared a Puerto Rico team experience from a team leader prospective. Session rounded out with Issues in Immigration, led by Tony Burrell (Indiana) of The Welcome Network. Jane Dunn (Florida) offered connections with community health and UMVIM journeys.

An evening campfire discussion included a question and answer session around the campfire about missionary opportunities facilitated by Steve and Gail Quigg, NCJ Mission Advocates.

The group spent one evening building school kits for delivery by Midwest Mission Distribution Center.

Thoughts from 2018 RoundUP:

The location was wonderful and the food was great! I learned so much! ~ Rev. Kathryn Adams, East Ohio

The Puerto Rico Update was especially helpful – so much information to take home to my church.

Connecting Neighbors training was well done. I enjoyed the fellowship time and networking with so many people. ~anonymous

I’m so glad I participated in the Mission Round Up. It was a very good experience for me. It was good to begin to know you as part of the experience! ~Marj Evans-de-Carpio, Dakotas, director, Solar Oven Partners

Thanks for all the work putting this together. The sessions were informative with knowledgeable presenters. Bishop Sally Dyck’s worship included a great message. A real plus to have her. The Abundant Health program was helpful for the direction our local church is going. ~Jane Dunn, Florida

I liked Lyndy Zabel who was extremely articulate and offered excellent ideas and materials. Jane Dunn offered a great workshop. I would have liked if someone from JFON could have attended as this immigration issue is a focus in the UMC. ~Bev Nolte, Iowa

Thank you for the opportunity to be at the round-up. I have talked about it so much since I have been back I don’t think at the time I even fully understood what all I was getting out of it and how it impacted me. Thank you for always advocating for Midwest Mission. ~Chantel Corrie, Illinois Great Rivers, executive director, Midwest Mission Distribution Center


Thoughts from 2016 RoundUP:

Thanks so much for allowing Joel (Rabb) and I to share about In Mission Together.  I’m sometimes unsure how the presentation is being received, but this I was encouraged when people told me afterward that they gained something from our session. I thought the RoundUP was wonderfully organized, from the sign in to the equipment for the workshop presenters to the schedule.  In Mission Together, David Phipps.  W OH

 I just wanted to take a minute to thank you for the wonderful conference you and your team hosted last week.  The different speakers and workshops were so relevant and inspiring! I think I could have listened to Jeremy Basset and David Wildman all day! The workshops were full of great ideas and gave new perspectives on doing mission in our world. Jamie and I both learned a lot about UMVIM and the work you all are doing. And we made many new connections with people we otherwise probably would never have met. I think my favorite part of RoundUP was being able to watch my daughter’s reaction to it all. She was very inspired and feels God calling her to become more involved in UMVIM.  She talked about it the whole way home and shared many ideas for how she feels God might want to use her through UMVIM. So thank you again! We were so blessed to be there!  Blessings, Megan Clark / Associate District Assistant / North and Northwest Districts / Indiana Conference / The United Methodist Church

Thanks again for a well-rounded, informative, fun ROUNDUP! Always lots of work but worth it for those of us attending.  It’s too bad we can’t find a venue that has air conditioning and microphones which would have made the event A +++ .  I remember in 2003 at my farewell and your introduction as the new jurisdictional UMVIM Coordinator, I really didn’t know you except that you were very smart (a lab tech/scientist I believe). Now, after 13 years, you have moved this program forward, accomplished great strides for volunteerism and leave a great legacy for Tammy.  I know how many hours you have spent, the energy given, the millions of e-mails written, hundreds of phone calls answered, thousands of miles traveled…well done!  Beverly Nolte, IA, former UMVIM-NCJ Coordinator

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