Global Ministries

The United Methodist Church

Connecting the Church in Mission

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.

Nepal: Women Empowered to Protect Their Families

Katherine T. Parker, a missionary with Global Ministries, is part of the health team of the United Mission to Nepal (UMN), an ecumenical ministry in which United Methodists have been involved since its founding in 1954. Parker’s work focuses on water, sanitation, and hygiene.

In this video, produced by the Rev. Paul Jeffrey, missionary and photojournalist for Global Ministries, Parker shares how she helps rural women in Nepal better understand the water they use for drinking and other household purposes. She teaches them how to take water samples and test those samples for bacteria that may indicate a higher level of risk. With that knowledge, the women make better decisions to protect the health of their families and communities.

Watch now to learn more.