Bishop Ward highlights the ministry of the Volunteers-in-Mission and other mission work teams this summer and shares about her trip to Vietnam.
Grace and peace to you, United Methodist people reaching out this summer through work teams near and far.
It was over 40 years ago that I participated in my first Volunteer-in-Mission work team and one day, I’m going to take out my calendars and count the number of weeks spent, blessed and being a blessing in the world. We give thanks for this movement of our church and for the thousands of United Methodists across our annual conference, who this summer, are spending weeks in Appalachia, in the Caribbean, in Africa and in Latin America, all around the world, engaging in Christ’s ministry.
As you hear this video, I am in Vietnam. I am there as a part of a small delegation, meeting with the United Methodists in Vietnam and I’m beginning my season as presiding bishop of the Vietnam initiative. Our mission initiatives each have assigned a presiding bishop and it will be my responsibility, joy, and privilege to learn more about our church in this part of the world and to be engaged there in the years to come.
I look forward to sharing this with you, and in the meantime, I invite your prayers for every way that our church is reaching out to share the Good News of Jesus Christ in every place.
From everywhere to everywhere, the world is our parish. May you be blessed in mission this day.