Tag: Migration

Kim, Yonghuk
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Kim, Yonghuk

Korean Immigrant Pastor and Martyr in Russia In 2014 the United Methodist Church in Eurasia has celebrated its 125th anniversary since the first Methodist congregation started in Eurasia. It was in the year 1889, when a small Methodist congregation began to meet in Saint-Petersburg, Russia. For over 125 years the Spirit has moved and inspired...

Ririe, Otis Edward “Ed,” Jr. (1936-2017)
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Ririe, Otis Edward “Ed,” Jr. (1936-2017)

Longtime UMVIM volunteer Beginning in 1993, Ed Ririe of Bartlesville served on 27 United Methodist volunteer mission teams. He loved helping people as an expression of his faith. He was serving on a team in southern Oklahoma, helping flood survivors, when he died suddenly Jan. 24, 2017. Born in Tulsa, Ed grew up attending a...

Neighborhood Center of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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Neighborhood Center of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

A Model Community Center Driving through Harrisburg, the capital city of Pennsylvania, today, one would hardly guess that in 1907 the Woman’s Home Missionary Society of the Methodist Episcopal Church declared the region a “foreign mission field.” They urged the greater church body to recognize and acknowledge the influx of immigrants from eastern Europe and...

Gibson, Otis
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Gibson, Otis

MEC missionary to China and Chinese-Americans In 1854, at the age of 27, Otis Gibson, a graduate of Dickinson College, was appointed a missionary to China, along with Dr. Erastus Wentworth, professor of natural sciences at Dickinson and one of the original sponsors of the Methodist Episcopal Church’s China Mission. Gibson and his wife reached...

Petersen, Ole Peter
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Petersen, Ole Peter

Founder of Norwegian Methodism and Co-Founder of Norwegian-American Methodism Methodism in Norway owes its introduction to a single founder, Ole Peter Petersen. As a young Norwegian sailor, Petersen had his first contact with the Methodists in Boston in 1843. The next three years brought much serious reflection and a strong feeling of spiritual need. In...

Hedström, Olof Gustaf (1803-77)
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Hedström, Olof Gustaf (1803-77)

Missionary to Swedish sailors and immigrants to the US Olof Gustaf Hedström was born in the province of Kronberg, Sweden. At age twenty-to, he shipped as a sailor on a vessel bound for South America. It was diverted from its course and in 1825 entered the port of New York where it was sold. On...

Mathews, Alma
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Mathews, Alma

Home missionary who worked with immigrant women They were strangers in a strange land. The story is as old as time, as biblical as Genesis and Revelation and as contemporary as today’s headlines. Human history is a story of migrants and immigration. People left home, wherever or whatever home was, in search of safety, economic...

Valdez, Rosa
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Valdez, Rosa

Brave Servant to Immigrant Children in Tampa Rosa Valdez was a brave Hispanic woman moved by the plight of immigrant children arriving in her hometown of Tampa, Florida, in the late 19th century when segregation was the law of the land. The children were banned from public schools, so Ms. Valdez used her own funds and, with...

Holbrook, Ella
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Holbrook, Ella

Faithful Service in Hawaii: Susannah Wesley Community Center With a $500 grant from the Woman’s Home Missionary Society of the Methodist Episcopal Church, Ella Holbrook set out as a missionary with Japanese and Korean women immigrant laborers on plantations in Hawaii in 1899. Ms. Holbrook went house-to-house, visiting with the women and organizing English-language and...