You are the key to Mission in Missionary. Repeat this again … YOU are the key to Mission in Missionary.
The United Methodist Church supports about 300 commissioned missionaries who witness and serve in more than 60 countries throughout the world. Missionaries work as congregational and leadership developers, agriculturalists, health care coordinators, teachers, regional coordinators for UMCOR, and doctors.
Individuals and churches can partner with a missionary and provide financial, emotional, and spiritual support. A number of local churches in the North Carolina Annual Conference already support missionaries like Gary Locklear, who is involved in ministry to Native Americans in North and South Carolina; Melba McCallum, who works among the poor in the Gateway District; Frido Kinkolenge, a native of DR Congo who is in ministry in Liberia among persons affected by that country’s civil wars; Victor Taryor, who is the administrator of Ganta Hospital in Liberia; Mary Zigbuo, working with impoverished rural communities in North Carolina; Nara Melkoyan, serving Project AGAPE in Armenia; and other missionaries.
Some Conference churches covenant to support Wil Bailey in his ministry in Costa Rica or Brian Dubberly and his ministry in El Salvador. For a full listing of missionaries that receive some type of support from our Conference, go to Our Missionaries supported through the NC Conference.
Your church can begin a Covenant Relationship by establishing a financial goal of $5 per member of your church per year. Individuals can Covenant with a missionary for $500 per year.
This partnership is much more than a financial commitment. It is a dynamic relationship where the church and missionary pray for one another and communicate regularly. When you Covenant with one missionary, you are supporting the entire United Methodist missionary community on their behalf and in their name.
To get more information about how funding works for our missionaries, go to Missionary Covenants. All of the missionaries of the Church have bios about themselves and their particular ministries. In addition to forming a covenant relationship with a missionary, individuals and Churches may support the projects of these missionaries through the ADVANCE. Those projects are enumerated on the missionaries biographical page.
When missionaries itinerate in our Conference, local churches may be interested in having that person visit. The Conference Mission Secretary, Bill Haddock, will alert local churches when those missionaries are in our geographical area and can help to arrange that visit.
Please be part of our 10-Fold journey. You … YOU … you connected through Jesus, connected in the love of Christ, connected through the hands and feet of our missionaries, YOU make the difference!