Mission Partners

Local

The Bethlehem Center. A United Methodist Community Center located in downtown Chattanooga, “the Beth” provides faith-based programs that focus on character development, education and literacy, and leadership development for inner-city youth and families. (www.thebeth.org)

OUMC Share & Care. Your donations to this ministry help hundreds of needy people who live in, or who are passing through, our immediate area with urgent needs for supplies (non-perishable food items, toiletries, etc), food vouchers, gas vouchers, utility bill assistance, etc. The program is carefully managed in coordination with other local agencies to ensure needs are legitimate and to provide assistance in developing longer term improvements. Our service areas are Ooltewah, Collegedale, Apison, McDonald, Georgetown, and Harrison.

Breakaway Outreach. A ministry based out of Chattanooga, locally serving Hamilton and Bradley Counties, providing local outreach and holistic services for at-risk youth, under-served children, and their families. The program helps provide training and relevant resources for churches, youth workers, and volunteers who serve these families. (breakawayoutreach.org)

Plus a host of other local ministries with ongoing opportunities to serve, such as:

National

Jubilee Project, Sneedville, TN. A United Methodist ministry of the Holston Conference that provides community development and services to people living in wide-spread poverty in Hancock County. Their mission is to help meet spiritual, economic, social, and physical needs. (https://www.holston.org/jubileeproject)

UMCOR Sager Brown Depot, Baldwin, LA. UMCOR is the humanitarian relief and development agency of the United Methodist Church. Sager Brown is the headquarters for UMCORs relief supply operations. Each year, more than 2,000 volunteers prepare about $5 million in supplies for shipment from the Baldwin, Louisiana facility. (umcmission.org/umcor-supply-depots)

Neal Hicks, Japanese Ministry in Tennessee. Neal Hicks ministered in Japan with his wife Mari, a native of Japan, for more than 30 years. When Mari was diagnosed with cancer, they relocated to Nashville in order for her to receive treatments at Vanderbilt. After Mari passed away in 2012, Neal prayed for discernment regarding his next steps. Should he return to Japan or remain in the US? “Focus now on reaching Japanese here in Tennessee,” God impressed upon Neal one day in prayer. The result is a new multi-cultural church named Crossroads of the Nations in Nashville, welcoming people from Japan, China & the US. The Japanese are one of the least-reached people on the planet. Please pray for this new church as it seeks to reach Japanese and Chinese people in the US for Christ.

International

South Asia. Kevin and Jessica and their children are serving in South Asia. They are located in an area with an abundance of boarding schools that board students from all over Asia. Kevin and Jessica have combined their call to missions and student ministry to reach out to these students through a cafe. Their vision is to offer students a safe place to gather and learn about Jesus through small group discipleship. The family has been longtime members of OUMC and Kevin and Jessica felt their call to missions on a short-term mission trip with OUMC to South Asia in 2001. In 2015 they made the move to South Asia and began seeking how God would use them. 

South Asia. Peter and Esther felt God calling them to leave a comfortable life in the US and return to their native land. They have established a large and successful ministry, Hope for Today, focusing on leadership training and a wide range of compassion ministries such as, children’s homes, slum schools & tutoring centers, nutritional support, vocational training for women, medical camps, etc. OUMC has a long-term relationship with Peter & Esther. (hopeteam.org)

Ecuador. OUMC has a long-term relationship with Tim & Daina Datwyler in Ecuador. They are heavily involved in agricultural development as well as their pastoral outreach ministries, which include: Bible studies, lay pastor training, children’s ministry, etc. (puertadeesperanza.org

Frontiers.  Alan & Beth are part of the Barnabas Team of Frontiers, a mission outreach to unreached populations. They encourage Frontiers workers through pastoral coaching, member care, debriefing of those on home assignment, restoring those emotionally wounded in ministry, and re-deployment of those in transition.  (frontiersusa.org)

Uganda. Billy & Joanna Coppedge are an amazing young couple with five children who are currently serving on the mission field of Uganda. They provide training for local pastors as well as Bible studies and other outreach ministries for people in the community.  They provide training in the Bible teaching method of storying.  This technique is utilized in training short-term mission teams. They serve as a part of the World Gospel Mission Team. (wgm.org/missionary/coppedge)

Vietnam. Initially a refugee to the US from Vietnam, Binh Rybacki returned to her home country to establish a ministry called Children of Peace International. Through this organization, she works to improve the lives of impoverished Vietnamese children with schools, orphanages, medical services, arranging adoptive homes throughout the world, and opposition to the sale of Vietnamese children in sex trade. (childrenofpeace.org)

Baltic Theological Seminary-Estonia. The mission of the BMTS is to promote spiritual formation and provide higher theological education. The vision of the BMTS is to prepare Christian workers and leaders for churches and Christian organizations in former communist regions of  Eastern Europe. (emkts.ee)

UMCOR. The United Methodist Committee on Relief is the humanitarian relief and development agency of the United Methodist Church. Compelled by Christ, UMCOR responds to natural or human made disasters – those interruptions of such magnitude that they overwhelm a community’s ability to recover on its own. UMCOR’s mission is to alleviate human suffering. They provide practical, proactive support to the most vulnerable survivors of emergencies due to natural or civil causes. (umcor.org)

INTERNATIONAL LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE (ILI). Founded by Drs. Wes and Joy Griffin, ILI 

is a global organization that equips leaders and accelerates the spread of the Gospel in more than 100 nations around the world. It is a growing movement with over 320,000 alumni around

the world who speak hundreds of languages. ILI’s unique contribution to the spread of the Gospel includes indigenous leadership, the discovery of the Eight Core Values of the Most Faithful Christian leaders, and the power of multiplication. (iliteam.org)