Please join us at Mission u 2022 as we reflect on the community that Jesus is calling us to be!
2022 Mission u, July 22-24, Yakima: Wesley UMC
Learning Together for the Transformation of the World.
Beginning in 2022, we are taking an exciting new approach to Mission u curricula. This means there will be one transformative biblical curriculum for everyone. One for adults, one for youth, and one for children – all focusing on a shared biblical theme: Luke 13. There is no registration fee for children 5-12 if they are with a parent or grandparent.
You should purchase your Spiritual Growth Study Book in advance as they will not be sold at Mission u. The curricula we will be using are available to purchase at our e-store or at www.umwmissionresources.org/The books are $10 each.
This year, as we study Luke 13, we find ourselves in a period of disruption and uncertainty. In the midst of a devastating pandemic, divisive political climate, unaddressed systemic racism, ecological crises, and economic turmoil, we turn to the stories of Jesus that have anchored Christian communities for two millennia.
Our hope is that we will leave Mission u with a bigger and broader vision of the community Christ is calling us to be in times of loss, grief, and massive disruption. What would be possible if we tend to the needs of our communities in small yet radical ways, as Jesus did in Luke 13?
The Registration Form with the registration cost, deadlines, scholarship, and hotel information is available at our new PNW United Women in Faith website www.pnwumc.org/uwfaith/.
We have two hotels reserved for Yakima.
1. Ramada by Wyndham Yakima
1001 Stff Sgt. Pendleton Way
Yakima, WA 98901
Room Rates: $120.00 per night plus taxes
Group Name: PNW UWF
Mission u 7/2022
2. Best Western Plus
1 (509) 453-8898
1614 N 1st St.
Yakima , WA 98901
Room Rates: $129.00, plus taxes
Group name: United Women in Faith, Conf#1865
Meet Mission u’s Leaders
Adult Study Leaders
Yvonne Agduyeng was born in the Philippines, immigrated to the United States as a child, and grew up in Kent, WA. She holds a biology and anthropology undergraduate degree from Western Washington University and a Master of Divinity from Wesley Theological Seminary. Yvonne was commissioned in 2016 as a Global Mission Fellow (GMF) of the Global Board of Global Ministries (GBGM) and served in Germany working alongside refugees and the migrant ministries of Bremen United Methodist Church until 2018. After her time as a GMF, Yvonne served as a local pastor for Vegesack United Methodist Church for one year. She hopes her experience as a missionary will bridge her passion for serving the local church and commitment to justice through mission work. Yvonne serves as pastor at Redmond UMC. During her free time, Yvonne enjoys yoga, hiking, reading, and calligraphy.
Lois Hines used her medical library degree from UCLA when, as a Board of Global Ministries missionary, she assisted with the library of the Mary Johnston School of Nursing in Manila, Philippines. She also worked in the library at Union Church of Manila. She homeschooled Kirsten and Adam for our first three years in Manila. For several years she was an officer in Seven Rivers District UMW. At their retirement community in Claremont, California, she’s still working in the library and serves as treasurer of the Woman’s Perspective group. She’s enjoying weekly ZOOM classes in watercolor. (Lois and Ron met at Westmar College, Le Mars, Iowa, where they both graduated.)
Ron Hines has served as pastor at Seattle First (associate), Prosser, Tacoma Asbury, Puyallup First, and Yakima Wesley. He was superintendent of Seven Rivers District from 2001 to 09 and was PNW Conference missional church educator for part of that time. As a Board of Global Ministries missionary, he served as pastor at Knox Memorial UMC in Manila, Philippines, and the University Church in Cavite on the campus of Union Theological Seminary, where he taught many subjects from 1985 to 94. He has enjoyed his previous teaching in the Schools of Mission that preceded Mission U, and he teaches the Mission class for local pastors’ course of study. In retirement, he assists Dr. John B. Cobb, Jr., who recently launched the Living Earth Movement. Ron earned an M.Div. at United Theological Seminary, Dayton, Ohio, and a Ph.D. in religious education at Claremont School of Theology.
Nica Sy (she/they) is a Seattle-based organizer who works within the UMC and in her local area to envision and create a life-giving community. They are also a third-generation United Methodist Woman. In the spring of 2021, Nica graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in law, societies, and justice; entrepreneurship; and gender, women, and sexuality studies. Recently, her work has involved leading abolitionist efforts for the liberation of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color communities in Kent, Washington. Nica is the Communications & Development Coordinator with API Chaya, an organization dedicated to educating and mobilizing South Asian, Asian, Pacific Islander, and all immigrant communities to end exploitation, creating a world where all people can heal and thrive. Nica is a featured author and publisher of Nourish: Seattle organizers document their histories through family recipes and food, which brought together her love of food and passion for community organizing.
Youth Study Leaders
Reverend Golden Neal is a lifelong Methodist. He grew up in the small town of Rochester, Washington where he now resides. He obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Manufacturing Engineering Technology and worked for twelve years for the Boeing Commercial Aircraft Company. Through his work, he developed an analytical and systems-minded approach to addressing issues of quality and performance. He has adapted these practices in his ministry. Golden has served the church from his youth in a variety of roles: church committees, associate lay leader, delegate to the annual conference, camping, chairing conference committees, and pastor. He went to seminary at Saint Paul School of Theology in Kansas City Missouri to obtain a Master of Divinity degree and has attended the Two-Year Academy for Spiritual Formation. His academy experience sparked a passion for intentional outreach to underserved populations and alternative communities. With growing awareness of poverty, mental illness, and racial injustice he is emerging as an advocate for multicultural ministry. He currently works with the youth group at Rochester United Methodist Church. He divides his time between dementia studies, estate repairs, and multicultural ministry development and is exploring the possibilities of faith-based artwork.
Pastor Golden Neal enjoys spending time with friends, walking, reading, skiing, watching movies, science fiction, and making art. He is a life-long learner and likes conversing on a variety of subjects. He can help strengthen your faith through the discovery of your spiritual gifts and leadership abilities. He is currently focused on issues of diversity, equality, and inclusion. He currently works with the youth group at Rochester United Methodist Church.
Danielle Estelle Ramsay is a provisional elder in the Pacific Northwest Annual Conference. She currently serves as associate pastor at Pioneer UMC in Walla Walla, WA. She enjoys writing poetry, hanging out with her daughter, and walking her dog.
Children’s Study Leaders
Sue and Terry Raymond have taught the children’s mission study in their local church in Georgia since the 1990s. Sue taught the classes in the North Georgia Conference since they were first offered in 1997 and they taught the classes together after Terry retired in 2004. They have watched a couple of generations of young people grow in their commitment to God and to mission involvement. Terry served as the Conference Secretary of Global Ministries and Sue served as Conference UMW President. Together they served on the Disaster Response Committee and managed the conference Disaster warehouse. They moved back to their home state of Washington in July of last year and have enjoyed meeting and serving with a new group of mission-minded Methodists!
Lyn Rush is a first-generation Filipino Immigrant who has two children and married for 16 years to Erik Rush. Lyn is a former Amity English Teacher from 2000 to 2004 for 3 years in mainland China through the General Board of Global Ministries and freelance in that last year where her love for God remained strong and continue embodying the compassion and mercy she does wherever her feet take her. She is currently a Certified Lay Minister of the Crest to Coast District of Pacific Northwest Annual Conference staying a full-time mom, Vancouver Heights UMC Youth Leader, and Pulpit Supply when invited. She loves traveling, cooking, and enjoying the company of the millennials, Gen, Z and the Boomers too. Her motto is Peacemaking Without Limits