Global Ministries

The United Methodist Church

Connecting the Church in Mission

Global Ministries - ConnectNMission
April 27, 2016 · Issue 9

In this issue of connectNmission, learn about a new missionary series called “Beyond the Anchor Cross: Mission from Everywhere to Everywhere,” watch Global Mission Fellows share inspirational stories about their current assignments in the United States, and learn about upcoming events.
Beyond the Anchor Crosss.
A new General Board of Global Ministries missionary series “Beyond the Anchor Cross: Mission from Everywhere to Everywhere,” will highlight the work of United Methodist missionaries from around the globe, through video, photos, and stories, demonstrating the impact of their service to others.

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

Check out stories highlighting missionaries from everywhere who are serving to everywhere and consider supporting their work. These missionaries include Paul Webster, originally from Wisconsin, serving in Zambia; Katherine Parker, a California native serving in Nepal; and Mary Zigbuo, a career missionary from North Carolina serving in Liberia.

Beyond the Anchor Cross will regularly feature missionaries from around the world.

When Global Mission Fellows are halfway through their two-year assignment, they participate in a midterm event to process the first months of their service and experiences in the communities they engage with. This month, about 15 Global Mission Fellows serving in the United States completed their midterm sessions.

Watch three Global Mission Fellows (US-2s) talk about what they have learned about connecting in mission and the communities they serve. The segments highlight Andrew Kastner, who is serving as the outreach and advocacy coordinator for the First United Methodist Church of Miami’s homeless ministry; Jamie Booth, who serves at the Iskashitaa Refugee Center in Tucson, Arizona; and Caitlin Kastner, serving as a community relations coordinator with the South Florida Justice For Our Neighbors.


AIDS is not over.

May 9
AIDS is Not Over! Global Issues and the Church

Rose City Park United Methodist Church
Portland, Oregon

Leaders will gather to discuss current realities regarding HIV and AIDS at this free event sponsored by the United Methodist Global AIDS Fund. The event will highlight new AIDS research and trends, and examine how churches are responding. Speakers include Thomas Kemper, general secretary of Global Ministries, a keynote address by Dr. Nancy Haigwood, director and senior scientist of the Oregon National Primate Research Center, and many more. Online event registration is open now through May 2; an informational flyer is also available to print and distribute.

May 10 to Friday, May 20
General Conference 2016

General Conference is the top policy-making body of The United Methodist Church, which meets once every four years. The conference can revise church law, as well as adopt resolutions on current moral, social, public policy, and economic issues. It also approves plans and budgets for church wide programs.

August 17-20
Early-bird registration deadline
School of Congregational Development 2016
“Into the Deep”
Evanston, Illinois

The School of Congregational Development is a premier event for United Methodist Leaders for equipping conference leaders, clergy, and laity to lead vital, dynamic, life-changing congregations. Sponsored by Discipleship Ministries, Global Ministries, and Path 1, this year’s event is being hosted by the Northern Illinois Conference and Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary. Register early to receive the early bird discount (April 30).

Photos in order of appearance: Mike DuBose/UMNS, Global Ministries, and the United Methodist Global AIDS Fund.

Image 1: Anchor cross graphic: Visit Beyond the Anchor Cross: Mission from Everywhere to Everywhere, which features missionaries from around the world.

Image 2: Watch Global Mission Fellows share about their mission service.

Image 3: Event image: Register now for the AIDS Is Not Over! Global Issues and the Church event.