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Step 5: Mission Personnel

Give to at least one of the following Mission Personnel

Mission Personnel within the Michigan Annual Conference

Sonya Luna

General Advance #3019618

Serving as Michigan Conference Hispanic/Latino(a) Missionary.

Sonya Luna is a missionary with the Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church serving through the National Plan for Hispanic and Latino Ministries (NPHLM) in the Detroit Annual Conference. Native to Michigan, Sonya earned her Bachelor of Arts from Kalamazoo College. She worked as Latino Ministries Coordinator for Ypsilanti First United Methodist Church, her home church, and as a foreign language teacher for the Maple Academy in Oaxaca, Mexico. She began working in the Detroit Annual Conference in her current position in January 2008, and has recently expanded responsibilities as Detroit Conference Director and Michigan Area Director for Hispanic and Latino Ministries.

Randy Joe Hildebrant

General Advance #982961

Serving God's County Cooperative Parish in Newberry, MI.

Randy Hildebrant is a Church and Community Worker and assigned to God’s Country Cooperative Parish in the Detroit Annual Conference . Randy has served as a Church and Community worker for 13 years, serving the Rural Revitalization Project of the Elkhorn Valley District in the Nebraska Conference and the Jubilee Project, an Appalachian ministry based in Sneedville, Tennessee in the Holston Annual Conference. He has a strong commitment to rural ministry and a commitment to bring self-esteem, hope and faith to all God's children throughout the vast parish.

Global Mission Fellows/US-2S

Lynda Sylvain

General Advance #3022358

Serving at Motown Mission in Detroit, MI.

Lynda Sylvain is a Global Mission Fellow with the United Methodist General Board of Global Ministries, engaged in a two-year term of service. She was commissioned in August 2017.

Lynda is from the Florida Annual Conference in the United States where she is a member of the Canal Point United Methodist Church in Canal Point. She is a certified nursing assistant and is also certified in CPR and medical interpretation. She has worked for the Glades Initiatives, a community-based health and education program. Lynda describes her faith journey as “unbroken and unshakable.” She says, “I have been through some tribulations that only God was able to get me out of. I have also received some wonderful gifts from him.” She finds that doing mission work is where her heart is most happy, and Lynda has decided to enthusiastically embrace the Global Mission Fellow experience. “I have cleared my mind…I’ll go wherever God sends me, with no complaints.”

Grace Okerson

General Advance #3022329

Serving at The NOAH Project in Detroit, MI.

Grace E. Okerson is a Global Mission Fellow with the United Methodist General Board of Global Ministries, engaged in a two-year term of service. She was commissioned in August 2017.Grace was born in Haiti, but is a local of Miramar, Florida,, where she is a member of the Miramar United Methodist Church in the Florida Annual Conference. She began her studies at Broward College and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Social Science from the University of Central Florida in Orlando. She has worked in the food industry and as a camp counselor at Warren W. Willis United Methodist Camp, where she was both camper and counselor, played a major role in her formative years. “There I experienced a personal God for the first time. My summer spent as a counselor helped to shape my love for Christ and my life for mission.” She also found challenge and opportunity by participating in mission trips and becoming an advocate for the United Methodist Church’s Imagine No Malaria campaign. United Methodist Women, of which she has been a member since her early childhood, has also had a formative influence on her on her through successive summer schools of Christian Mission (now Mission U).  Through UMW connections, Grace attended the 2016 General Conference in Portland, Oregon, and there met former Global Mission Fellows whose stories led her to explore options for mission service, leading to her which led to her becoming a Global Mission Fellow.

Mission Personnel Beyond The Michigan Annual Conference

 

Mission Personnel in Africa

Delbert Groves and Sandy Groves

General advance #12150Z - Delbert

General Advance #12151Z - SANDRA

Serving at New Life Center in Kitwe, Zambia.

Delbert and Sandy Groves are United Methodist missionaries with the General Board of Global Ministries based in Kitwe, Zambia since August 2000. They serve at the New Life Center which offers numerous outreach and training ministries within the Provisional Annual Conference of Zambia.

David Paye Guinkpa

General Advance #15089Z

Serving as the mission/finance auditor for Central Africa, based in Nairobi, Kenya.

David Guinkpa is a missionary with the General Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church serving as the mission finance/auditor for Central Africa, based in Nairobi, Kenya. Mission finance auditors work with church leaders, mission partners and institutions, and Global Ministries personnel in ensuring that funds are distributed and utilized in appropriate ways. Commissioned as a missionary in 2007, Mr. Guinkpa formerly worked in mission finance in Uganda. His current region includes the Democratic Republic of Congo, Angola, Tanzania, and Zambia. "As a Christian, my responsibility is to serve God, the church, and humanity," he says. "I am from a loving family that was very supportive of my work. I believe that 'God's time is the best.' We are all called to be servants and custodian of the Word of God."

Princess Jusu

General Advance #13037Z

Serving at the Women's Leadership Training Center in Monrovia, Liberia.

Princess M. Jusu is a missionary with the Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church serving in Monrovia, Liberia, as an instructor at the United Methodist Women's Leadership Training Center. “I am hopeful and prayerful that my service will be one that contributes to a more positive environment and will be productive for the women and children that I can assist while on assignment."

Pierre Manya

General Advance #15165Z

Serving as coordinator of health and medical services of the Congo Episcopal Area in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Pierre Diamba Manya, MD, is a missionary with the United Methodist General Board of Global Ministries currently serving as coordinator of health and medical services of the Central Congo Episcopal Area in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). A gynecologist and surgeon, he has been in medical mission since 1984. “I perceive my work as a ministry,” he says. “Physical healing was a key part of Jesus’ ministry… So, when I treat people,

or do surgery, it is God who helps to heal them. When they are healed, they thank God and sing songs of praise and become followers of Jesus Christ. It is a way of evangelization.”

Emmanuel Ufonna Mefor and Florence Ogugua Mefor


GEneral advance #13990Z Emmanuel  and General advance #13991Z Florence

Serving as a medical doctor in Mutambara, Zimbabwe - Emmanuel

Serving as a nurse and midwife in Mutambara, Zimbabwe - Florence

Dr. Emmanuel Ufonna Mefor, a medical doctor, and Florence Ogugua Mefor, a nurse and mid-wife, are missionaries with the Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church currently assigned to Mutambara, Zimbabwe.

Mbwizu Ndjungu and Nkemba Ndjungu

General Advance #12909Z - Mbwizu      General Advance #12910Z - Nkemba

Serving as Mission Supertintendent of the Cameroon Mission of the General Board of Global Ministries - Mbwizu

Serving as assistant to the Mission Superintendent of the Cameroon Mission of the General Board of Global Ministries - Nkemba

Mbwizu and Nkemba Ndjungu are missionaries with the Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church serving with The United Methodist Church in Cameroon.

The Rev. Nkemba Ndjungu serves as Mission Superintendent of the Cameron Mission of the General Board of Global Ministries in order to develop ministries related to education and health care delivery services. Mrs. Mbwizu Ndjungu assists her husband in this work.

Helen Roberts-Evans

General Advance #3021129

Serving as the director of the Department of General Education & Ministry of The United Methodist Church in Liberia.

Helen Roberts-Evans is a missionary of the General Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church, serving as director of the Department of General Education and Ministry of the United Methodist Church in Liberia. Helen’s work includes meeting needs in such areas as teacher training, scholarships, resources, new school construction, and school building renovation and repair. “I want to share the love of Christ with each child because I know that His love brings peace and gives strength to overcome life’s challenges.”

Paul Webster

General Advance #11865Z

Serving at Mujila Falls Argicultural Centre in Kanyama, Zambia.

Rev. Paul L. Webster, commissioned in 1992, is a missionary with the Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church serving at the Mujila Falls Agriculture Centre in Kanyama, Zambia. The projects he develops and oversees serve the needs of the poor, rural people. “As a rural development specialist, I am attacking the root causes of poverty, disease, and hopelessness through education and training in small animal husbandry, cattle and goat milking, animal traction, tree nurseries, fruit culture, gardening and fish culture at our research and demonstration station. The goal is for families who can provide balanced nutrition for themselves and an income from small-scale, family-based production."

 

 

Mary Randall Mantor

General Advance #10721Z

Serving as health project manager for the Liberia Episcopal Area.

Mary Randall Mantor is a missionary with the General Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church, serving as health project manager for the Liberia Episcopal Area. Mary works with the health board and the Liberian conference’s department of connectional ministries in the areas of capacity building, financial management, and health care planning. Her special focus is on Ganta Hospital, which serves a population of 65,000 people as the only hospital in northeastern Liberia. Mary’s strong background in counseling, education, coaching, and administration prepared her well for responding to a variety of need and services through the GBGM partnership organizations and worldwide church network.

Mission Personnel In Asia

Chin Cho

General Advance #3022047

Serving as coordinator of the United Methodist Mission in Mongolia, based in Ulaanbaatar.

Chin Cho is a missionary with the General Board of Global Ministries serving as the coordinator of the United Methodist Mission in Mongolia, based in Ulaanbaatar. He was commissioned in June 2015. As the country coordinator, Chin oversees the several aspects of ministry, working with local Mongolian United Methodist leaders and other missionaries. He engages in the training of indigenous clergy, who study at the Mongolia Trinity Bible College, where he teaches Wesleyan studies.

Debbie Dornon and Lester Dornon

General Advance #10920Z - Debbie                  General Advance #10919Z - Lester


Serving as coordinator of expatriate service at Tensen Hospital in Western Nepal - Debbie

Serving as senior physician at Tensen Hospital in western Nepal - Lester

Deborah Dornon and Lester Dornon, M.D., are missionaries with the General Board of Global Ministries, Tansen Hospital in western Nepal in Asia. Deborah is assigned as coordinator of expatriate services at the hospital. Lester is assigned as senior physician at the hospital. Lester and Deborah returned to Nepal and Tansen as missionaries in mid-2012, having served there from 1990 to 2002.The hospital in Tansen is related to the United Mission to Nepal, established in 1954 as a partnership between the people of Nepal and a coalition of 20 Christian organizations on four continents.

Hyon-Won Park

General Advance #3021822

Serving as a new church planter in St. Petersburg, Russia.

The Rev. Hyo-Won Park is a missionary with the General Board of Global Ministries serving as a new church planter in St. Petersburg, Russia. He was commissioned in June 2013.

Familiar with the area from time previously spent there, Rev. Park is working with the leadership of the St. Petersburg District in identifying opportunities for new congregations. Methodism returned to St. Petersburg, where it had existed prior to the Communist Revolution, with the dissolution of the Soviet Union almost 25 years ago. Likely constituents for new churches are the young people who come to the city looking for jobs and educational opportunities.

Mission Personnel In Central America

Jose Roberto Pena

General Advance #14026Z

Serving as pastor at Danli Central UMC in Honduras.

The Rev. José Roberto Peña-Nazario is a missionary with the General Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church assigned as Pastorate, United Methodist Mission in Honduras. He serves as pastor at Danli Central UMC and works at developing new churches and new leaders for Christ’s ministry.

Kristen Brown

General Advance #3021280

Serving as coordinator of interpretation, education, and advocacy through the Methodist liaison.

Kristen Brown is a missionary with the General Board of Global Ministries of the United Methodist Church serving as coordinator of interpretation, education, and advocacy through the Methodist liaison office in Jerusalem. This office is a joint project of Global Ministries, the British Methodist Church, and the World Methodist Council. It relates to ecumenical organizations, churches, and church-related institutions in the Holy Land, and it provides educational venues for Methodist pilgrims to the region.