Seoul, South Korea
The Global Ministries Asia regional office, located in Seoul, South Korea, helps to create local partnerships as the church grows through Asia. Opened in March 2017, the new regional office is within blocks of where the first Methodist missionaries to Seoul began working in the 1880s. The missionaries started schools and health care ministries and laid the foundation for a flourishing Methodist denomination.
Global Ministries’ joint office with United Methodist Communications in Manila, Philippines, extends the presence of The United Methodist Church in Asia. Staff members from both agencies will work in the space, creating a base for work in the Philippines Central Conference, the only Central Conference in Asia. Persian Gulf countries are included in the outreach that will take place from the Manila office.
The office is particularly helpful for the United Methodist Committee on Relief, a unit of Global Ministries, as it works with local partners in responding to the growing number of typhoons and other disasters in the area. The office also will enable Global Ministries to use the Philippines more as a resource in mission and ministry in the region.
Darlene Marquez-Caramanzana leads Global Ministries' work in the office as area liaison for Asia and the Pacific.
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