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.

Serving Africa University

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 develop an agricultural program that makes the university farm more efficient, and Jane Kies, originally from Zambia, teaches intensive English to students from non-English-speaking countries at Africa University in Mutare.

Watch as the Kies share about their work and ministry.