Kathryn Witte, ABC, RCC

Kathryn was the Great Plains Conference communications director until December 2014. She directed and implemented the overall marketing communications plan for the conference. She was the advocate for the conference brand and consistent use of its logo and graphic standards. She was the publisher/editor of "GPconnect" online and print newspaper and responsible for all aspects of the conference electronic and social media.

Kathryn served as consultant/trainer for districts and local churches on marketing communications topics and skill development. She provided media training to conference leadership to enhance their ability to manage and relate to the media, and took the lead in crisis communication situations. Kathryn was a member of the Cabinet and is an accredited business and religious communicator.

Zimbabwe 14 - No. 13

August 24, 2014

The importance of connections The Zimbabwe Chabadza group gathered to leave in  the Cresta Hotel lobby at 10 a.m. on Saturday morning. Many of our host families and others in the Zimbabwe church stopped by to wish us well. The Rev. Mark Conard led us in prayer before leaving. By the time we were ...


Zimbabwe 14 - No. 12

August 22, 2014

The last day in Zimbabwe paradise Friday was to be a day of shopping for some and a meeting with the Zimbabwe Area cabinet for others. One group of shoppers ended up in a car accident bruising Richard Lewis’ ribs and arm significantly. Kim Martin also was banged around the vehicle hitting his head ...


Zimbabwe 14 - No. 11

August 21, 2014

The day started early as I wanted time around breakfast to spend with my host family as we were scheduled to leave for Harare about noon. We were all sad to say goodbye since we just began to get to know each other. The exchange about different ways to prepare fresh vegetables with Juliet Mutsonhi ...


Zimbabwe 14 - No. 10

August 20, 2014

Wednesday began with the Rev. Kalaba Chali preaching at Africa University's morning chapel service. He preached about keeping the main thing the main thing as college students at AU. He asked them to continue to ask themselves, "Why are you here?"   He reminded them of the Pan African mission of the...


Zimbabwe 14 - No. 9

August 19, 2014

Wow, a full day. We stated at 8 a.m., from Mustasa/Nyanga District Superintendent Daniel Mutidzawanda's house and headed for Honde North Circuit (Charge) in the northeast edge of the district, a stone's throw (a couple of mountains actually) from Mozambique. We met Pastor John Mwaita (pictured at ...


Zimbabwe 14 - No. 8

August 18, 2014

Monday started early with the group meeting at 8 a.m., near a hotel to get organized for the trip to Mutare.   Final destinations varied with Richard Lewis heading for Nyanga (Chabadza partner with Norwich, Kansas UMC), Kip Ryherd heading to Chipinge (Chabadza partner with Minneola, Kansas UMC), and...


Zimbabwe 14 - No. 7

August 17, 2014

The Zimbabwe Area communicators extended warm hospitality to me and I felt like an honorary member. I edited a few stories, they downloaded many of my photos, I gave away all my extra flash drives and in return they shared many photos and even asked my opinion on a number of communication topics. I ...


Zimbabwe 14 - No. 6

August 16, 2014

"You don't respect me you don't know who I am," said Mrs. Miriam Mackenzie (at right), a noted evangelist from Zimbabwe.   In short, she exhorted Ebenezer Convention attendees to live an upright life, to model Christian living in order to live without sin. She said a life of Christian practice and ...


Zimbabwe 14 - No. 5

August 16, 2014

Ebenezer 1 Samuel 7:12 "Then Samuel took a stone and set it up between Mizpah and Shen. He named it Ebenezer, saying, 'Thus far has the LORD helped us.'"   Friday began the Zimbabwe East and West conferences joint Ebenezer Convention.   Mrs. Nyemba described it as the fruition of a vision of Bishop ...


Zimbabwe 14 - No. 4

August 15, 2014

Give thanks Psalm 107:1 "Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever." A little belated due to lack of wifi and iPhone SIM card issues (mostly operator error in a total mobile society). And there's well ... time. It's been busy.   Thursday was to be a day of rest. Once my host...


Zimbabwe 14 - No. 3

August 14, 2014

Forbearance Romans 3:25 ... it was in God's "divine forbearance he had passed over former sins." In simple terms forbearance differs from forgiveness in that it means "I'll give you more time." The long trip and our relationships on this trip will no doubt call up a need for forbearance. We pray ...


Zimbabwe 14 - No. 2

August 13, 2014

Patience Romans 8:24-30 "For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what he already has? But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently. In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for,...


Zimbabwe 14 - No. 1

August 12, 2014

Fourteen Great Plains United Methodists head out for Zimbabwe today to experience church renewal in this vibrant African country. Be in Readiness Luke 12:35-38 “Be dressed in readiness, and keep your lamps lit. Be like men who are waiting for their master when he returns from the wedding feast, so ...


NUMB, Wednesday, July 2

July 02, 2014

Ends with a breeze ... The day started with riders enjoying another fine meal at the Gibbon UMC. Egg casserole, fruit, muffins and pastries sent riders off happy and satisfied. And with SAG support not far off, no one ever goes without proper carbo-loading on a NUMB Ride. Not all NUMB Rides end as ...


NUMB, Tuesday, July 1

July 01, 2014

The wind to our backs ... for awhile   With the promise of the wind to our back, riders were off early on Tuesday. A great breakfast provided by the Broken Bow church volunteers sent riders off with nutrition to start the day. The ride seemed more social today or perhaps the conditions made it ...


NUMB, Monday, June 30

June 30, 2014

Monday a challenge even with the route change The Sunday evening announcement to shorten the Monday ride in order to avoid 20+ mph headwinds was welcome. Even reduced to 53 miles, riders were faced with slow speeds as they rode straight up highway 21 towards Broken Bow. The slow speeds enabled ...


NUMB, Sunday, June 29

June 29, 2014

Blue afternoon skies saved a cloudy, rainy riding day Heavy clouds greeted riders on Sunday morning. After a hearty breakfast at the Holdrege UMC, riders streamed out to the road in a spread-out fashion today. Early riders, late riders and everything in between. Depending on when you left Holdrege ...


NUMB, Saturday, June 28

June 28, 2014

There are 144 riders represented in the group. Thirty-six are riding NUMB for the first time. There are 56 women riding this year. Now in its 19th year, to date more than $650,000 has been raised for hunger projects. Ride Director Bill Ritter told about delivering the checks to the Heartland and ...


Traveling home

February 18, 2014

We rose before 6 a.m., and following breakfast said our goodbyes to our cooks Tina, Gladys and Falza. Mrs. Thomas came by as well to wish us safe journies. Bishop Johnwesley Yohanna let us use his truck and his driver for our road trip from Jalingo to Yola to catch the first leg of our flight. Benji...


Working with the children and geering up for the trip home

February 17, 2014

After a good nights rest, Mrs. Thomas came and made us her special pancakes for breakfast — awesome. Benji arrived and we ate together before going to the orphanage.   Our first activity of the day was to have a leadership meeting with the Benji (director), Magdiel (head master) and Shehu (senior ...


More than 20,000 gather for UMW Nigerian Central Conference revival

February 16, 2014

The women's revival went late Saturday so Sunday morning arrived quickly. We were off to the Sunday worship at the revival right at 8 a.m.   The women were already singing when we arrived. You could tell that many had left the night before to go home. However, there still remained many women to ...


Taraba State pledges to help rebuild fire-damaged dorms

February 15, 2014

We started the day early as it was awards day at the orphanage. We also wanted to finish taking photos of the students from JSS and the government school (about 27 in all).   It was an overcast day so we set up our photo studio outside. It went quickly as Jim helped with names, I took photos and ...


Television interviews and Valentine's Day

February 14, 2014

By the time this gets posted (Saturday) I will very likely be made a grandmother for the first time. I look forward to meeting the little guy when I return. My son and daughter-in-law live in Grand Island, Neb., so I might have to make a short road trip when I get back. Friday started with ...


A day full of shopping and hopscotch

February 13, 2014

Today was a much slower activity day. It started with both Dottie and me not feeling as well (she with an upset stomach and me with a sore throat) as we would have liked. Despite our slow start the three of us were at the Internet café by 9 a.m. It offered wireless so our fears of attracting viruses...


Sharing the news of the orphanage and the Gospel of Christ

February 12, 2014

Our day began with an early morning visit from Mrs. Pricilla Thomas. She was our cook and pretty much took care of us on previous trips to Nigeria. Mrs. Thomas is on her way to a UMW revival in another part of the conference, but wanted to share her red stew recipe with us before she left. Jim and I...


Meeting with Acting Governer Alhagi Garba Umar

February 11, 2014

Today (Tuesday) was the most interesting day yet. We started with a trip to the orphanage to take the final portraits of teachers and staff. The students were quite enamored with our photo-taking so we took many more photos with them and showing them how the camera worked, etc. Mid-morning Benji ...


Interviews, photos, donors and appreciation

February 10, 2014

We began our day at 8 a.m. with eggs, juice and bread. We wake up with instant Nescafe coffee and powdered cream. I have rediscovered sugar cubes and have gone to having a couple of lumps in my coffee. Our first stop today was to visit Chris Adamu, a recently retired government worker who is ...


Sunday worship and meeting Bishop Johnwesley Yohanna

February 09, 2014

We had a good night's sleep at the bishop's guest house. We gathered at 8 a.m. for breakfast and then were off to a 9 a.m. worship. We celebrated the Sabbath at the Taraba State government-sponsored church. The pastor announced that all faiths are welcome. The three-hour service included spirited ...


A Jalingo welcome

February 08, 2014

The Roses Hotel in Abuja was a lovely place where we slept Friday night. We rose early on Saturday and visited the building site of the Bishop Peter Dabale Memorial United Methodist Cathedral currently under construction. District Superintendent and Cathedral Senior Pastor Mathew Dangombe provided ...


En route to Nigeria - part 2

February 07, 2014

During our eight-hour flight with fine accommodations from air Lufthansa, I couldn't help but think that more food was thrown away on that flight than what is probably available on any given day at the orphanage.   Now we await our next leg of the journey from Frankfurt. It's about 1:30 CT at home ...


En route to Nigeria - part 1

February 06, 2014

We are on the flight to Chicago from Omaha and feeling very surreal about being at the Orphanage sometime in the next 24 hours or so. When I walked into the airport this morning it was about 7 below zero. When we arrive in Jalingo it will be 95+. I'll admit, I'm looking forward to wearing sandals.  ...