Seven New Global Missionaries Commissioned for Service
By Ivy Couch*
Seven Global Missionaries began their journeys of service in mission following their commissioning on October 12, 2017. The service was held before a full sanctuary in Grace United Methodist Church at the headquarters of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church. The commissioning took place on the first day of the annual fall Global Ministries Board of Directors meeting. Thomas Kemper, general secretary of Global Ministries, poignantly addressed those gathered on the sending of others into mission from “everywhere to everywhere” as the seven prepared to serve in various places around the world.
Newly commissioned Global Missionaries with representatives from the Board of Directors of Global Ministries. PHOTO: CYNTHIA MACK
The countries of origin for the seven Global Missionaries are: the Philippines, Mozambique, the United States, and Zimbabwe. Their mission placement sites include the following countries; Brazil, South Korea, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Fiji, Democratic Republic of Congo, and Zambia.
During the service, Bishop Thomas J. Bickerton preached a powerful message, drawing comparisons to a newborn who needs the warmth of human touch, to God's desire for us to go into the world and embrace those in need of God’s touch through us. The Rev. Dr. Judy Chung, director of Missionary Service for Global Ministries, reminded those gathered that the act of becoming a missionary is a deeply holy sacrifice. As the seven missionaries took their place at the altar, Bishop Hee-Soo Jung, president of the board, presided over their commissioning. Afterwards, each knelt, as Bishop Jung prayed over each missionary. They then received an anchor cross around their necks as a symbol of commitment to mission, one rooted in faith, hope and love.
Bishop Thomas J. Bickerton gives the sermon during the Commissioning Service. PHOTO: CYNTHIA MACK
Bishop Jonathan Holston led the seven in the Covenant Prayer in the Wesleyan tradition. The entire congregation was then invited by Bishop Sue Haupert-John and Board Member Andrew Chung to participate in a baptismal remembrance. This act of renewing one’s covenant with God and neighbor was a special time in the service as many walked to the pulpit to dip their hands into a basin of water to remember their own baptism. Bishop Pedro Torio led the Sending Forth, asking all in attendance to extend an arm toward the seven in a gesture of blessing, as they were blessed to begin their journeys of mission into all the world.
The service ended with a warm reception with friends and family, board members, and church representatives. View the service from October 12, 2017:
Global Missionaries are from everywhere going to everywhere and engage in cross-cultural mission service outside of their home context. They serve within the global Methodist connection in a variety of roles and ministries with partners around the world in alignment to the mission theology of Global Ministries. These missionaries vary in age, trade skills, and occupations, but all serve in ministry with others. They desire to learn about and share God’s love in Jesus Christ in tangible, everyday ways. To learn more about becoming a Global Missionary, please visit: www.umcmission.org/Get-Involved/Missionary-Service/How-to-Become-a-Missionary.
The following are the seven Global Missionaries who were commissioned during the October 12 service, with their home context and country of service:
• Emily Athena Everett is from Houston, TX, United States, she will be serving in Brazil.
• Angelito “Bong” Dalisay is from the Philippines, he will be serving in South Korea.
• Katherine Meek is from Round Rock, TX, United States, she will be serving in Sierra Leone.
• Fernando Simone Munguno Matsimbe is from Mozambique, he will be serving in Tanzania.
• Carmen Manalac Scheuerman is from the Philippines, she will be serving in Fiji.
• Lorraine Charinda is from Zimbabwe, she will be serving in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
• Temba Darlington Nkomozepi is from Zimbabwe, he will be serving in Zambia.
How to Support Missionaries:
1. PRAY for missionaries and their ministries.
2. Stay in CONTACT through newsletters or social media.
3. Seek ways to PARTICIPATE.
4. DONATE by using the missionary’s Advance # (provided in the individual listing) at www.umcmission.org.
*Ivy Couch is the Missionary Service program area liaison.