Contact: Donn Haglund
Revs. Julia "Julie" Yoder Elmore & David Elmore
Co-Pastors, Community United Methodist Church -
Julie and David enjoy being pastors
in Nome and being involved in the community in various ways. While
they enjoy snowshoeing and snowmobiling together, Julie unwinds
through learning the guitar and David through fishing. They have
two dogs, Serendipity and Gracie, who flourish in their own ministry
to the children on the church playground by allowing the kids to pet
them and give them treats. Julie and David were just commissioned
as Provisional Elders in the Pacific Northwest Conference of the
United Methodist Church.
Nome, Alaska is above the tree
line on the Bering Sea. A community only accessible by plane,
Nome has a population of 3500. Community United Methodist
Church is the oldest protestant church in the community.
Alaska is a missionary
conference of the United Methodist Church. The pastors of
Community United Methodist Church serve as missionaries to that
congregation and community. The congregation is comprised of
Native Inupiat people and Anglo people who have settled in the
community over the years. The church provides many ministries
in addition to worship. One of those ministries is hosting a
thrift shop. Along with the United Methodist Church, the
Women’s Division of the United Methodist Church has extensive
ministries through the Community Center that they support.
There they provide care for children in transitional situations,
a Boys and Girls Club during non-school hours, a senior’s daily
lunch and program along with services such as a food bank,
laundry facilities and showering facilities.
Some of the significant issues
the pastors and missionary interns deal with include alcoholism,
child sexual abuse and poverty. They seek to be a healing and
spiritual presence in a very tough environment.
Contact: Lee Stanton
Falls Zambia, Africa
with the Lundo tribe, Paul brought farming, family health,
education, food production, dairy and chickens to the region.
He started several churches, Bible studies and Sunday schools.
His helper Tshola Miverigo attended the Methodist University in
Paul’s work as a
rural economic development specialist serves the needs of poor,
rural people. He works with projects that promote major programs in
education, health, sustainable and appropriate culture, community
development, evangelism, and church construction. Webster says, “As
a rural development specialist I am attacking the root causes of
poverty, disease, and hopelessness through education and training in
small animal husbandry, cattle and goat milking, animal traction,
tree nurseries, fruit culture, gardening and fish culture. The
goals are families who can provide balanced nutrition for themselves
and an income from small scale, family based production.” Paul goes
on to say “God has provided abundant land, water, plant and animal
resources to Africa; it is up to Christ’s Church to provide
knowledge, faith and hope to its people.
Contact: Jeff McClellan
Ardell and Gordon Graner, Missionaries
70% of the native Quechua Indians live under the poverty level in
this region. The center is an agricultural teaching facility
and includes a dairy. Other programs offered include a Montessori
preschool, after-school literacy program including tutoring and
meals, an integrated health program, and a moms group to support the
empowerment of women in their community. They also train lay pastors
and over 140 local Methodist pastors.