In this Issue: Opportunities for Mission and Disaster Response
  • Volunteer in Mission Academy
  • Dental Team – Haiti
  • New Opportunity to Host a Missionary
  • Puerto Rico Recovery Teams
  • Youth Ambassadors to Ecuador
  • Hurricane Irma Recovery Teams
  • ERT Classes  
  • Abundant Health “Hulapaloozas”
  • Global Health
  • Engaging Communities in Mission
Volunteer in Mission Academy

Northeast Jurisdiction Mission Academy:
“When Helping…Helps”

The NYAC Missions office is looking to sponsor a representative from each district to attend the NEJ Mission Academy. Workshops include tracks for global missions and disaster response ministries as well as plenary sessions. 
     Dates: April 1 to 4, 2019
     Location: North Andover, Massachusetts
Interested persons must be endorsed by their District Superintendent and agree to serve with the NYAC Missions and Disaster Response ministry.
Contact Tom Vencuss for more information.  

Dental Team - Haiti

Dental Personnel sought for Haiti Mission Team

March 24 to 31, 2019

     NYAC Mountains of Hope for Haiti is sending a dental team to the mountain village of Furcy. We are looking for an additional dentist and hygienist.
Cost: airfare and in-country expenses (est: $900. Assistance available)
For more information contact Wendy Vencuss,  

New Opportunity to Host a Missionary

    Michael Arteen is a missionary with the General Board of Global Ministries serving as chaplain and director of spiritual life at Bethlehem Bible College (BBC) in Palestine/Israel. Michael Arteen is in the U.S. while he awaits news on his missionary placement. He has been unable to secure a visa to return to his work there. He has an incredible story. This is a wonderful opportunity for churches to hear news and updates from Palestine.
    Michael was born into a Christian family in Egypt. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Egypt before migrating as a young man to the United States, where he became a citizen. In the US, he served as a pastoral assistant at the Arabic Church of Florida in Lake Mary and the Arabic Christian Church of Houston, Texas. Michael is working toward his master’s degree in leadership and ministry at BBC.
What does ‘hosting’ mean?  Endless options and up to you…you can have a special event highlighting them (e.g. Dinner, Mission lunch), you can invite them to a small group (e.g. Men’s group, retiree lunch), you can invite them to present at a community event , or you can give them time during a worship service. Sometimes hosting will include transporting them to or from your church, depending on their schedule within our Conference. Sometimes we ask your assistance with lodging arrangements. It is unique with each itinerating missionary.
Michael will be in our Conference March 19-24, 2019. If you would like to host him, please contact me asap! I will assist with arrangements.
Jill Wilson
Conference Secretary of Global Ministries

Puerto Rico Recovery Teams

NYAC Recovery Team to Puerto Rico – openings available

April 4 to April 11
Team Leader: Craig Fitzsimmons
Cost: $650
Contact NYAC Missions office ( for more information and application

Connecticut District Puerto Rico Recovery Team – taking applications

June 22 to 29
Team Leader: Rev Alpher Sylvester
Cost: $650
Information and applications: Jill Wilson (     

Youth Ambassadors to Ecuador

Youth Ambassadors Mission Journey: Ecuador
Prior YAMS are welcome to join this team

July 20 to 27, 2019
Cost: $2,000 – cost is shared between the individual YAM, his/her family, local church and district 
Our host will be Sara Flores, General Board Missionary
Youth Ambassadors is an outreach of the New York Conference for persons 15 to 19.
Cost is shared by the Youth Ambassador, his or her family, the local church and the district.
We are limited to 15 youth participants. We will accept persons on a “first-application and deposit” basis. A priority will be given to first-time YAMs. Deadlines for names and $200 deposit is March 15.
More information and updates will be available on the NYAC website or by contacting Tom Vencuss ( at the NYAC Missions office.

Hurricane Irma Recovery Teams

Two NYAC teams have been rescheduled and redirected to Central Florida to address outstanding needs from Hurricane Irma. These teams are now full.  

ERT Training Event

April 6: Tremont UMC, Bronx  
On-line registration is available and required

Abundant Health – Hulapaloozas

March 9: Tremont UMC 
March 23: First Spanish UMC
March 30: Huntington-Cold Spring UMC 
For more information contact Wendy Vencuss (

Global Health

What does global health look like in the United Methodist Church? A team of experts at Global Ministries is working on Health issues in communities all over the world. The vision promotes physical, emotional and spiritual well-being. Global Health aims to “create abundant health in economically vulnerable communities by protecting children and disadvantaged adults from preventable causes of death and disease.” To achieve this we partner with thousands of communities and health workers through our community-based health programs. United Methodists are extending health interventions to one million children by 2020 in partnership with the United Nations. To learn how you can participate in this individually or as a church or district, contact: Rev. Wendy Vencuss,

Engaging Communities in Mission

We are looking for churches to host the following workshops/training events:

  • Disaster Early Response Teams (ERTs, Basic or Recertification)
  • VIM Team Leader Training
  • Abundant Health – Hulapalooza (contact Wendy Vencuss
  • Engaging Communities in Mission
  • Connecting Neighbors
  • Done in a Day

From the desk of

Tom Vencuss
Coordinator of Mission Ministries

New York Conference

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