Mid Week Update
The Iowa Annual Conference will be fortunate to host GBGM missionaries Jane and Larry Kies for itineration beginning in mid-May. Larry Kies serves as Technical Advisor to the Africa University Farm at Mutare, Zimbabwe, southern Africa. Africa University is a United Methodist Church-related project and is being nurtured and funded by church members from all over the world. Kies was raised near Jesup, Iowa, where his parents gave him his love of farming and sense of global mission. Jane Kies teaches Intensive English to students from non-English countries at Africa University in Mutare, Zimbabwe, southern Africa. Churches wishing to have the Kies come and speak may contact their District Mission Secretary to schedule a visit. Please click here for their full schedule.
From June 30 through July 22, the Iowa Annual Conference will be fortunate to host GBGM missionaries Jeffrey and Ellen Hoover for itineration. Dr. J. Jeffrey Hoover is a missionary assigned since 1979 to the Democratic Republic of Congo, formerly Zaire. He is a professor at Katanga Methodist University, both in the theological college as professor of church history and in the School of Information Technology. Dr. Ellen Titus Hoover serves in the Democratic Republic of Congo. She is a part-time professor at the United Methodist university in Mulungwishi where she teaches courses in Islam and church history in the college of theology. Churches wishing to have the Hoovers come and speak may contact their District Mission Secretary to schedule a visit. Please click here for the Hoover’s schedule in Iowa.
Caring Hearts Need Care Too!
“There are only four kinds of people in the world – those who have been caregivers, those who are currently caregivers, those who will be caregivers and those who will need caregivers.” – Rosalynn Carter. Thanks to a grant from the General Board of Discipleship, the Conference Older Adult Council is sponsoring a day long workshop focusing on the various aspects of caregiving. The content of this workshop will be appropriate for actual caregivers and those in the church who care for them. An impressive slate of speakers will make the day well worth your time. Please join us on Saturday, April 28th at First UMC in Des Moines to learn more about this timely topic. Brochures were recently mailed out to all Iowa United Methodist churches or one is available on the Older Adult Ministries Webpage on the Conference website (www.iaumc.org à Ministries à Older Adult Council). Additional information and the registration process can be found on the event brochure. Hope to see you there.
Youth Mission Trip - Motown Mission
July 29th - August 4th. This is an inter-city mission trip in downtown Detroit. You will have the opportunity to experience different types of projects form light home repair to food pantries. Not only will this be a work project but there will be the opportunity to learn about the culture of Detroit. The trip is open to youth who are currently in 7th -11th Grade. The cost is $300 per person and includes transportation. If you would like more information please contact Maria Wiblin by email: firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 563-581-9801 to Register contact Dee Sobotka:
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