Globally: BUMC is Engaged in our World!

Methodism’s founder John Wesley said, “I look upon all the world as my parish.” Wesley reminded us that we are called to step out of our little corner of the world to spread the good news, transform hopelessness into hope and help God’s children wherever they may be.


United Methodist Volunteers in Mission (UMVIM) is a grassroots movement within the United Methodist Church designed to provide an official channel whereby Christians, both lay and clergy, may offer their skills and talents for Christian service at home and around the world on short term assignments at their own expense.

Their work includes construction and renewing of mission facilities, teaching, witnessing, conducting medical clinics, conducting Bible Study or Bible School for children, serving in disaster relief efforts around the world.

UMVIM trains people to be leaders of teams. Teams from our church and conference have worked in Browning and Roundup MT, Mississippi (after Katrina), Angola, Brazil, Haiti (after the earthquake), and the Sager Brown Salt Lake City UMCOR Depot.



(United Methodist Committee on Relief) UMCOR is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to alleviating human suffering around the globe. UMCOR’s work reaches people in more than 80 countries, including the United States.  We provide humanitarian relief when war, conflict, or natural disaster disrupt life to such an extent that communities are unable to recover on their own.

UMCOR is a ministry of The United Methodist Church, and our goal is to assist the most vulnerable persons affected by crisis or chronic need without regard to their race, religion, gender, or sexual orientation. We believe all people have God-given worth and dignity.

While UMCOR cooperates with other aid organizations to extend our reach, our most important partners are the people we serve. We are confident that successful solutions to emergency or chronic conditions begin with the affected population. UMCOR provides these survivors not only temporary relief but long-term education, training, and support.

UMCOR spends 100 percent of the designated donations on the projects our donors specify. When UMCOR donors give their time, money, and supplies, they join UMCOR as the hands and feet of Christ.

One of the ways churches help support the work of UMCOR is through the collection of supplies. UMCOR Relief-supply kits help provide care for the most vulnerable people during times of crisis. Health kits, sewing kits, school kits, bedding kits, birthing kits, and cleaning buckets are collected by generous donors across the United States. These items are then sent to one of two supply depots where volunteers assemble, verify, and pack the kits so that they can be sent to where they are needed most.


dona eva church pastorAngola Pastor Support

Traditionally half of the BUMC Christmas Eve Offering has gone to support United Methodist Pastors serving in Angola. These are not only Pastors, they are village leaders who need our support to help feed their families.  Many pastors in East Angola are not paid a salary by their congregation but are paid ‘in-kind’ with eggs, cassava, sweet potatoes, a chicken or a rabbit.

Yellowstone Conference has had a relationship with the East Angola Conference of the United Methodist Church since 2003.  Five Volunteers in Mission Teams have visited East Angola since 2003 to help rebuild their churches and communities, to learn how best to be in partnership and to get to know one another.  Sally McConnell from BUMC was part of a team that spent two weeks building relationships there in February 2014.

We in Yellowstone Conference want to support our brothers and sisters in Christ as they rebuild their churches and ministries. We do that by supporting 60 pastors in 3 districts and 2 areas of evangelization (in a remote part of the country). Each pastor receives $40 a month in salary, and we pay Alcides Martins a stipend as well to administer the projects. This salary is vital to the lives and families of these pastors. This partnership offers hope to the pastors, their families, and their villages.

Contributions to the pastors Salary Supplement Project in East Angola can be made through Global Ministries Advance #3021453.

Download this brochure for more information on how you can help give hope to Angola. Koome Brochure 



In January of 2013, our Young Adult Mission Team, led by Kay Lansverk and Ann Dickensheets, went to Haiti.  Most of the team members were raised in our BUMC church family, and others were from our MSU Campus Ministry program. The group helped with building projects, farming projects, and with children’s ministry.

Adult members of the congregation have also traveled with United Methodist Volunteers in Mission to work in Haiti in the aftermath of the earthquake devastation.  Some in the group made multiple trips to help the people of Haiti.


Helen Shepherd – Missionary in Mongolia

Helen Shepherd is a missionary with the General Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church. Sent from the Missouri West Annual Conference, she is serving in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. She is a sister of one of our BUMC members, and BUMC has helped support her work for many years.

Prior to her assignment to Mongolia, Helen served in Seoul, Korea from 1992 to 2001 as director of Severance Hospice (home-care program), a project of Yonsei University, College of Nursing. Her transfer was requested to help establish the United Methodist mission presence in Mongolia, with major focus on starting the hospice movement.

Since her arrival in Mongolia in 2002, Helen’s goals have undergone frequent change. Initially, establishing a Global Ministries presence by obtaining property for the first mission center was a major task. Now, as a nurse, directing the Grace Hospice home-care program and building relationships are her main functions. Plans for expansion of the hospice program have changed not only due to financial constraints, but also due to the need for focusing on improvement of the quality of care and the depth of faith of the staff working in hospice. Leadership development is also a main concern for the future management of the program.

Helen also coordinates the mission activities of Global Ministries in Mongolia, which means working closely with other Global Ministries missionaries and the Area Financial Executive to support the activities of two mission centers, three worshiping congregations, and numerous projects.

For information on how to get involved with these programs through BUMC, contact Cathy Baumbauer, our Mission Coordinator, at .