Pathways

A newsletter of the Mission Motivation Committee of the Wisconsin United Methodist Annual Conference

September 2020

Greetings from the Mission Motivation Committee, this is the first edition of our new newsletter.  Its purpose is to inform and encourage the mission leaders of the local churches within the Wisconsin Annual Conference.  There are a variety of pathways that individuals and churches can follow as they seek to grow their faith and serve their neighbors and it is our privilege to assist you and your church on your journey.


Let me tell you some things about the Mission Motivation Committee. It is a branch of the Board of Global Ministries of the Wisconsin Annual Conference.  Our task is to keep you informed about the variety of mission activities going on within the Conference and beyond. 
Our Committee consists of the Conference Mission Secretary, Rev. Ben Morris, who currently serves Emmanuel and St. James Churches in Appleton, and District Mission Secretaries: Laura Ida of River Falls UMC - NW District, Rev. InWha Shon of Black River Falls UMC – NC District, Vernita Green of Oshkosh Wesley – NE District, Mary Beth Byrne of Whitewater UMC – SE District and Barb Robson of Liberty Pole UMC – SW District.  Additional committee members are Gail Burgess of Bristol UMC who serves as the Rainbow Covenant coordinator and Rev. Mary Balson of Fond du Lac, the Committee Chair and editor of this newsletter.


The year 2020 has been an unusual year and this committee as well as each of you has had to adapt the things we do because of the circumstances.  The Annual Conference was postponed and is now a Virtual Annual Conference to be held on October 24th.  Adjustments have been made to accommodate the collection of Ingathering supplies.  The need for those supplies continues as the Midwest Mission Distribution Center deals with issues such as the pandemic, hurricanes, wildfires, the severe winds that caused destruction in Iowa, and the continuous needs of impoverished countries.  Instead of bringing Ingathering supplies to Annual Conference this year, MMDC will be sending a truck to various locations in Wisconsin to pick up supplies.  A list of those locations and the dates and times they will be open to receive your supplies will be provided to you by your District’s Mission Secretary elsewhere in this newsletter.  The details about kits or patterns can be found at www.midwestmission.org/mmdc-kits-projects-patterns and www.midwestmission.org/kits-projects-patterns/umcor.   If you have multiples of the supplies needed in the kits, they can also be sent, as there will be a use for them.  If you choose to make a financial donation, checks can be made out to Wisconsin Annual Conference with “Ingathering” or MMDC in the memo line, or the check can be made out to MMDC.


Another change is that missionaries will not be visiting in person until the pandemic is over.  The alternative is a program called #StillinMission which is a program of the General Board of Global Ministries/The United Methodist Church.  Erica K. Oliveira, a Missionary Support Coach with GBGM sets ups interviews with a variety of missionaries that you can participate in.  Also if you would like a specific missionary to be a part of an upcoming event/worship service/bible study/preaching/ or youth group you can make a missionary appointment and a Mission Advocate will help you get it organized.  If you are interested in a missionary event of this nature, the simplest way to connect is through this link.  https:www.umcmission.org/learn-about-us/evemts/stillinmission.


Several churches have participated in the Rainbow Covenant in the past.  It is one way to encourage your congregation to participate in a variety of missions. You can share the activities in which you participate and possibly receive some recognition for what you are doing!  We will be making some revisions to Rainbow Covenant for 2021 to include virtual visits and hands on activities.  Since that new form has not been developed for 2020, you may use the attached 2020 form.


Let me briefly introduce myself.  I am Inwha Shon, the newly appointed Mission Secretary for the NC District.  I am the new pastor at Black River Falls UMC. I am happy to serve you in Christ Jesus for the kingdom of God.  I was born into the family of Methodist pastor in S. Korea and ordained at the Dongbu Conference of the Korean Methodist Church in 1992.  I earned a Bachelor of Arts, Master of Theology from Methodist Theological Seminary in Korea and Master of Divinity and Specialized Ministry from United Theological Seminary, Dayton, Ohio.  Now I am in the Spiritual Direction track of Doctor of Ministry program at Garrett-Evangelical Seminary, Evanston, IL.  My wife Esther and I have two grown up children who live in Atlanta, GA.
I served as a military chaplain for six years and as an associated pastor before I came to the US in 2002.  I had several mission trips to Japan, Tajikistan, Costa Rica, Russia and to the Hopi tribe on the Navaho Indian Reservation, AZ. I am interested in Enneagram and a certified MBTI (Myers Briggs Type Indicator) instructor and Spiritual Director. My contact is inwha531@yahoo.com or 234-855-5443 (C), 715-284-4114 (O).


Soon I will let you know about the list of drop off sites for this fall’s Ingathering.  It will be posted on the Conference website and will be sent to you via email as soon as the sites and drop off times have been determined.  The drop off dates will be between October 12 – 24.  The Midwest Distribution truck will be picking up supplies at specific sites on October 28th.


“Make you ways known to me, Lord; teach me your paths.  Lead me in your truth – teach it to me – because you are the God who saves me.”   CEB

Editor: Rev. Mary Balson – Mission Motivation Chair
mbalson43@gmail.com 715-495-1213