Make a difference beyond the city limits. There are opportunities to help around the state, the nation and the world. You'll be surprised at what you'll learn too. There are no missions currently scheduled. However, we are in touch with Methodists throughout the state and nation, and Chapel Hill usually sponsors one or two international missions a year. Sign up now and we'll let you know when a mission opportunity is available.
Chapel Hill has history with mission. Our teams have worked in the Carribbean, Mexico, Bolivia, Belize, Alaska, Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas and many other locations. To see pictures from past mission trips and current projects click on the galleries featured below. To move into an expanded mode and read a full description click on any of the images.
30 Year Partners
The Oklahoma Conferenc of the United Methodist Church and the Iglesia Evangelica Metodista en Bolivia have been in a covenant relationship for over 30 years.
In the Beginning
our task was to send mission teams for an average of 10 days to help with much needed construction assistance for new church buildings or clinics.
Teams Also Helped
with financial assistance and provided medical care. Chapel Hill has been involved through the decades.
The Primary Purpose
has been to be in a relationship. Many Chapel Hill members communicate regularly with Bolivian friends they have made over repeated missions via Facebook, text and letters.
Bolivia use to be
considered one of the most underdeveloped countries, both economically and socially, in South America.
includes a comparitavely high indigenous population that had always been held at the margins of any economic, political or social improvements.
Since 2006 Change
has been slow and steady with the election of Evo Morales, of indigenous descent.
ALL are Equals now
INCLUDING indigenous women who are now being hired in all public and private institutions. The change is positive, but still slow in the fast-paced world.
Bolivia Can Be Similar
Worship is familiar: stoles, music, prayer.
It's Different Too
Sunday dinner is set up on the floor.
A New Focus!
Even with change, many Bolivians still don't have access to adequate or safe drinking water. Engineers in action will work with Bolivians to implement projects to facilitate water access. For example: here you see the equivalent of a Bolivian laundromat.
Laundry Bolivian Style
No washers are available. The new focus will include drilling of potable water wells, laying pipeline to bring water into homes or a central location in a village and new or improved sewage lines. Find out more about EIA and their projects by clicking the link.
will be possible and result in a healthier community, fewer infant deaths, and less time procuring water for daily needs. How does your water use measure up against the struggling communities the Engineers in Action works to help. Take the survey by clicking the link.
this is wash day in Bolivia. Big tubs are set out on the lawn. The ladies go after the clothes with a brush and soap and then the clothes move from tub to tub until they are rinsed.
This is an all day process. It's hard to underestimate how different it is from putting a load in the laundry and then plopping down to watch a show. If you'd like to help fund these projects through EIA donation page please click the link.
To learn more about how you can be involved in Bolivian mission, please contact Susan Waite, Liaison, Bolivia-Oklahoma Partnership. She's been part of Bolivian mission for decades. Just click the link below.