“This past year in July, we were delighted and thrilled at the North Central Jurisdictional Conference consecration service of the five new bishops when the appointments were read and we found out that Bishop Hee-Soo Jung, our Beautiful Bishop, and his lovely wife Im were returning for another quadrennium to serve with us here in the Wisconsin Conference.

“In October, along with the Bishop and Im, the Cabinet and other leaders of this great Conference traveled to Korea for a Spiritual Pilgrimage, and to spend some time with the Dongbu Conference, our sister Conference. What a spiritual revival we experienced! We attended early Morning Prayer time and worship, received training, which consisted of the history of the Korean Methodist Church, and the various missionaries who served in Korea. We preached, prayed, shared our faith, visited Bishops home town, met his uncle, spoke at an international conference, and we even spent time in the homes of members of our sister Conference.

“During our time in Korea, we experienced what radical hospitality truly is. It has been rumored that the Cabinet used apportionment funds to pay for this trip; we did not. We each paid our own way; and the Korean Churches hosted us with our lodging and great food."

“In November, the extended Cabinet was invited by the Connectional Table and the Council of Bishops to attend a Summit to see how our Conference mission aligns with the four areas of ministry focus of the United Methodist Church, which are:

  • Engaging in ministry with the poor
  • Improving global health
  • Developing principled Christian leaders
  • Creating new and renewed congregations

“In our Wisconsin Conference, we are in alignment with the United Methodist Church as we Imagine Wisconsin Anew :

  • We are planting new faith communities.
  • We are developing new Christian leaders.
  • We are establishing relationships within our multicultural communities.
  • We are focusing on revitalizing and turning around our churches.
  • We are taking risks and standing up for justice and mercy in every corner of the state and nation.
  • We are helping to provide food for the soul and body.
  • We are in Ministry with the poor.”

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