The Rev. Marilyn Beecher is a missionary with the General Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church serving as a Church and Community Worker, assigned as regional director for National Justice for Our Neighbors (NJFON) in Central Florida.
NJFON is a network of church-related clinics that provide professional legal services at no cost to immigrants. NJFON also encourages churches to extend hospitality to immigrants by providing places for community gathering and table fellowship. Volunteers work with advocacy groups to achieve compassionate immigration laws and public policy. NJFON grew out of the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR).
Marilyn was formerly with the Florida Annual Conference’s Church and Community Connection in the Orlando District, a ministry with children, hunger issues, and disaster response.
“It is a joy to work in a ministry that serves people from around the world,” Marilyn says of her assignment to NJFON. “The ministry assists immigrants who qualify to become US citizens, reunite their families, or obtain work permits. This makes an incredible difference not only for those individuals but allows them to invest their gifts and skills in their communities.”
“Jesus said we should go to all the world to teach and preach, but in Central Florida the world comes to us. Serving immigrants allows us to share Christ’s love in very practical ways. One client looked at a picture of Jesus on the wall of our meeting space and said, ‘You treated me the way he told people to treat one another.’”
Marilyn has a diverse and exciting history of mission service and ministry. She was the first United Methodist missionary in Bulgaria—from 1993 to 1997—after the ouster of the communist government in that country. She was a work team coordinator for the Miami District Disaster Response after Hurricane Andrew, and served nine years as the United Methodist Campus Minister at Florida International University in Miami. She was director of Christian education at Lakeside United Methodist Church in Lake Worth, Florida, a as park minister in Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming, and as a Church and Community Worker with three Haitian congregations in Miami.
Marilyn has a Bachelor of Arts degree in humanities from Florida Southern College in Lakeland, Florida, and a Master of Arts degree in Christian education from Scarritt College in Nashville, Tennessee. She is an ordained deacon of the Florida Annual Conference.
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