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.

Increasing Livelihoods in Zambia

The Rev. Paul L. Webster is a missionary with Global Ministries. Originally from New Richmond, Wisconsin, Webster has been serving at the Mujila Falls Agriculture Centre in Kanyama, Zambia, since 1992. Mujila Falls is located in northwestern Zambia near the source of the Zambezi River. 

Webster’s work as a rural economic development specialist serves the needs of impoverished communities by addressing root causes of poverty. Through training and education in small animal husbandry, sustainable agriculture, tree nurseries, and much more, Webster is helping communities in Zambia provide for themselves an income from small-scale, family-based production activities. 

Webster said, “God has provided abundant land, water, and plant and animal resources to Africa; it is up to Christ’s church to provide knowledge, faith, and hope to its people.”

Watch a video of Webster sharing more about his work.