David McCormick is a missionary with the General Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church serving as administrator of the Chicuque Rural Hospital in Mozambique. He was commissioned in May 2016. His wife, Elizabeth, is also a missionary at Chicuque.
Chicuque is a fishing village on the Indian Ocean coast some 300 miles north of Maputo, the capital of Mozambique. It is well known in the region as the location of the 200-bed rural hospital that bears its name. The health care facility was started in 1913 by a Methodist medical missionary, and remained under church sponsorship until 1975, when it was nationalized by the government. However, in 1986, during a protracted civil war, the government asked the church to form a partnership with the Ministry of Health to manage the hospital. Chicuque provides a wide range of primary and preventive health services, including general medicine, women’s health, surgery, and pediatrics. It has an emergency room and a pharmacy serving an area with a population of some 500,000.
David is a Texan by birth, but lived for many years in Louisiana, where he is a member of Grace Community United Methodist Church in Shreveport in the Louisiana Annual Conference. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from Centenary College of Louisiana, Shreveport. From 2004 to 2016, he was a claims specialist for the American Modern Insurance Group, and earlier worked as a marketing representative with Portamedic Medical Services.
David was born into the United Methodist Church, which provided the opportunity for growth in grace and active participation in the Christian community. He developed a deep faith that sculpted his views of service, love, and salvation. He was active on the annual conference and jurisdictional levels of youth ministry. After graduation from a United Methodist-related college he returned to his home church, where he was involved with young adult groups and realized a call to international mission. His special call began during a mission journey to Honduras.
It was during the trip to Honduras that David made two important realizations: “the sense of peace and a tug at the heart while in the mission environment and, second, the love of my now wife, Elizabeth.” Participation in the Disciple’s Path and The 7 Experiment, small-group experiences, convinced David and Elizabeth to trust God and become missionaries.
The couple has two small children, Eva, born in April of 2012 and Annie, born in April of 2014.
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