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Beyond the Anchor Cross

Beyond the Anchor Cross: Mission from Everywhere to Everywhere

“We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure.” Hebrews 6:19 (NIV)

When missionaries are commissioned for service by Global Ministries, an anchor cross is placed around their necks. The anchor cross is a symbol in early Christian iconography that serves as a reminder that we are firmly grounded in Christ while engaging in God’s mission. 

By sending missionaries—including young adults—from everywhere to everywhere, Global Ministries is connecting the church in mission. Missionaries are partnering and engaging with volunteers; evangelizing and church planting through mission initiatives; addressing global health and diseases of poverty; and responding to the needs of local communities for the transformation of the world. 

Learn about our missionaries, who will be featured regularly in “Beyond the Anchor Cross: Mission from Everywhere to Everywhere,” and consider supporting their life-transforming work.

Missionary Stories

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Larry and Jane Kies
Larry and Jane Kies are United Methodist missionaries serving Mutare, Zimbabwe, in southern Africa. Larry serves as technical advisor to the Africa University Farm working with the farm manager to dev ...
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Innocent P. Afful
Innocent P. Afful, originally from Ghana, is a missionary serving in Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Afful works as a coordinator for orphans and vulnerable children for the Ecumenical C ...
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Katherine T. Parker
Watch Missionary Katherine Parker share her work in helping rural Nepali women learn how to test water for bacteria to protect their family’s health.
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Mary Zigbuo
Global Health supports John Dean Town Clinic in Liberia with grants focused on maternal and child health and hospital systems strengthening.
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Paul Webster
Watch Missionary Paul Webster share about his work in Zambia as he works to address root causes of poverty.