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Two United Methodist Missionaries Released After Detention in Philippines

The United Methodist Global Ministries agency is thankful that two of our missionaries in the Philippines have been released after being detained as part of an international fact finding team looking into human rights issues in the Mindanao area. The two are Adam Shaw, a Global Missionary from the United States, and Tawanda Chandiwana, a young adult Global Mission Fellow from Zimbabwe. Both are assigned to the Initiative for Peace (In Peace), a long-time Global Ministries’ mission partner in Mindanao. While the team members were detained and their travel credentials temporarily seized at a police checkpoint, members were released upon determination that there was no cause to take them into custody. We are grateful to God that the missionary status of Adam and Tawanda was recognized. We are also thankful for the outpouring of prayer for their safety that came quickly upon social media reports of their detention.

Thomas Kemper
General Secretary
General Board of Global Ministries