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Statement by United Methodist Global Ministries General Secretary Thomas Kemper Regarding Release of UMC Missionaries Tawanda Chandiwana and Adam Shaw 

UMC Missionary Miracle Osman of Malawi’s Exit Still Pending

Atlanta (July 6, 2018) – General Secretary Thomas Kemper, top executive with United Methodist Global Ministries, issued the following statement today in reaction to the Bureau of Immigration’s decision to deport United Methodist missionaries Tawanda Chandiwana and Adam Shaw from the Philippines. The case of Miracle Osman is still pending.

We appreciate the decision by the Bureau of Immigration to release two of our three United Methodist missionaries and allow Adam Shaw and Tawanda Chandiwana to leave the Philippines to return to their families.

We pray that Miracle Osman will be given the same permissions and her paperwork will be expedited so she can be with her family once again.

We ask everyone to remember that Tawanda, Adam and Miracle were in the Philippines – a country they have grown to love – fulfilling their commission to show God’s love in the world.

United Methodist missionaries are sent to take the gospel of Jesus Christ to all parts of the world, and that includes standing up for life where it has been threatened. We will not stop sending missionaries to the Philippines, to all countries in the world, because that is our calling as United Methodists.

This progress could not have been possible without the widespread support of the members of The United Methodist Church, the general public and the more than 13,900 people from over 100 countries who signed our online petition calling upon the government to act.

We thank you for your prayers and willingness to show support for these missionaries. What a worldwide community we are as Methodists!


About the General Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church

The General Board of Global Ministries is the worldwide mission agency of The United Methodist Church. Founded in New York City in 1819, Global Ministries today supports more than 300 missionaries in 60 countries, including the United States. It has personnel, projects and partners in a total of 136 countries. Learn more about Global Ministries by visiting or follow Facebook and Twitter.