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Annual Conference Announces a New Vision for our Mission Projects

by | May 15, 2018 | Billie's Blog, North District Newsletter, Not In USe

By Billie K. Fidlin, Director of Outreach

This year, the mission projects for Annual Conference will match the mission offerings given during Conference worship services. Our Bishop has selected the three projects: Arizona Justice for Our Neighbors (AZ JFON / Tucson), The Inn Project (Tucson) and our international offering – Tongan relief aide. The success of these mission ministries depends on the generosity of people like you and me. This year, rather than limiting the opportunity to give to those who attend Annual Conference worship, we are extending the blessing opportunity to all of our members and friends in the pews of our churches beginning this weekend up until Sunday, June 3.

So that we can celebrate how God is at work across the Desert Southwest Conference, please send your church’s total donation amount with church name and district to Billie Fidlin, Director of Outreach, at bfidlin@dscumc.org by Wednesday, June 6. For those of you that can’t wait to be a blessing to the people affected by these mission ministries, click on the graphics below to donate now. Thank you so much!

As a reminder, AZ JFON is a legal clinic welcoming immigrants by providing affordable, high-quality immigration legal services, as well as engaging in advocacy for immigrant rights, offering education to communities of faith and the public about these issues. Our first clinic is located in Tucson.

The Inn Project, also located in Tucson, provides temporary housing to people seeking asylum in the United States. In collaboration with ICE, The Inn Project helps to get children and their accompanying adult(s) out of detention centers to a friendly & safe environment as they await arrangements from their family in the United States.

Lastly, in February of 2018, Tonga was devasted by the worst storm in 60 years. Experiencing winds of more than 230lm/h flattening buildings and bringing down power lines. Cyclone Gita ravaged Tonga and our Tongan churches are seeking all of our support to help their friends and families back home.

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Billie K. Fidlin

Billie K. Fidlin is the Director of Outreach & Justice for the Desert Southwest Conference. She is a graduate of Western Michigan University and attended Claremont School of Theology for religious studies. Ms. Fidlin currently serves as the President of the Arizona Faith Network in her second term. She is President & Founder of Whisper n Thunder Inc., and sits on various boards including the Justa Center and the Phoenix Police Department's Faith Advisory Council. Her awards include the UM Foundation for Evangelism 2004 Distinguished Evangelist; 2016 Church Women United / United Nations Human Rights Award; 2018 Servant Leader Award AZ Faith Network; 2022 Southern Poverty Law Center Certificate of Recognition; and 2022-23 Class of Who's Who in America.

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