A US Visit
As missionaries with United Methodist Global Ministries, we are responsible to visit our supporting churches every three years to raise support. I once heard a missionary refer to these visits as the “dog and pony show.” We hoped that our visit would not just be obligatory visits to an uninterested “audience” who is just there for yet another missionary presentation… and we have not been disappointed.
One of our problems is that no United Methodist Annual Conferences in the United States partner with Zambia. Most Conferences (regional divisions of the UMC) have overseas partnerships, but none include Zambia. To that end, we made visits Florida, Indiana, Kentucky, East Ohio, and West Ohio. East Ohio made us especially welcome during their Annual Conference. They even gave us “stage time” and Brian spoke to the entire gathered Conference. We enjoyed our visits with the Conference Mission representatives. We took the opportunity to introduce ourselves and our mission in Zambia.
The main focus of our visits has been local churches. We came to Zambia with only a few partner churches, but God has been preparing new partnerships. As we meet with churches, we share what God is doing in Zambia. We also share what we have learned (and are learning) from our Zambian friends. We want our partner churches to partner, not only with us, but also with the Zambian United Methodist Church.
So we make visits to churches, sharing what God is doing. Please join us! For certainly, we all grow through partnership.