Bishop Ward discusses the Spring GBGM meeting and the missions commissioning service at Annual Conference in this Connections video. Read watch the video above and the transcript below. See “A Day of Service” on UMCORs website for more information about the mission work mentioned in the video.
Christ our Savior leads us in mission to all the world. Last week, it was my joy to be a part of the Spring meeting of the General Board of Global Ministries. We met at 475 Riverside Dr. in New York City. As a part of our meeting, we gave thanks for the work of our denomination in Haiti, these years after the tragic earthquake that took the life of our beloved friend and leader from North Carolina, Sam Dixon. In the evening of celebration and thanksgiving, we remembered the good work that United Methodist people continue to do in Haiti. Thank you for your partnership in this significant mission.
We also heard direct reports from the recovery following Hurricane Sandy in New York and New Jersey and on Saturday, we worked on Long Island and in New Jersey in teams, working on homes that have been impacted. We know how that is in eastern North Carolina, having been impacted by many strong storms. Your gifts for United Methodist Committee on Relief continue to make a difference in the lives of people on the coast of New York and New Jersey. Thank you for your participation in the global ministry of our church.
At Annual Conference in June, we will have the great joy of commissioning one of our own United Methodist from North Carolina into missionary service. Ellyn Benson Dubberly will be commissioned as a missionary to Nicaragua, where she will join her husband, Brian Dubberly, in service there. Ellyn grew up in our midst, was a part of Volunteer in Mission workteams as a child, a youth, and as a young adult. We celebrate this newest connection in mission in our world.
As you hear my words today, I’m actually far away in China, where I’m a part of a small delegation from our church, the General Board of Global Ministries, and the Council of Bishops. We are visiting with the Christian Church of China, exploring new ways to be in missionary partnership. As I return soon to North Carolina, I look forward to sharing what we have learned, what we’ve seen, the ways in which we are currently engaged, and the ways in which we see expanding our mission together.
Thank you for your prayers for all the ways we are connected in mission with our global partners. It is good to be a United Methodist in connection in mission around the world. Thanks be to God!