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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

Sonya Luna's missionary service ended effective September 1,  2020. She continues to serve on Michigan Conference staff. 

The Michigan Conference is no longer receiving funds for this missionary. 

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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 Michigan Annual Conference . Randy has served as a Church and Community worker at 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

michael Bennett

General Advance #3022617

Global Mission Fellow (2020-2022)

Wesley Foundation of Kalamazoo

Michael W. Bennett III is a Global Mission Fellow with the United Methodist General Board of Global Ministries, engaged in a two-year term of service. He was commissioned in August 2020.

The Global Mission Fellows program takes young adults ages 20-30 out of their home environments and places them in new contexts for mission experience and service. The program has a strong emphasis on faith and justice. Global Mission Fellows become active parts of their new local communities. They connect the church in mission across cultural and geographical boundaries. They grow in personal and social holiness and become strong young leaders working to build just communities in a peaceful world.

Michael is from Lakeland, Florida. He is a member of the Wesley Fellowship of Florida Southern College, Lakeland, in the Florida Annual Conference. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Political Economy and Business and Free Enterprise with minors in Religion and Economics and Finance from Florida Southern College. While in school, he was a member of Wesley Fellowship and served in various leadership roles in campus ministries.

Michael’s earliest memories come from the church. “I grew up in the church, I learned in the church, I cried in the church, and I encountered God in the church,” he said. “Because I had spent so much of my childhood in the church, I knew a lot of Scripture, but I was never taught how to apply the Scripture.”

When Michael started being sexually abused at age 12, he thought that God was allowing it to happen and that because his prayers didn’t seem to make a difference, he must not be very faithful. However, as a young adult, he started seeing the gospel in a fresh way and learned how much God really loves him.

“Through meeting with the campus minister,” he said, “my faith has been strengthened. I stepped out in faith and began to share my story of my childhood sexual abuse with youth from around the United States. God really started to work in this area of my life. My prayer through college was that God would teach me to forgive like Jesus did, so that I could move past the emotional and spiritual baggage that came with the six years of sexual abuse.

“I identify as a Christian, a follower of Christ, but have also embraced my identity as a sexual abuse survivor. My experience with and triumph over childhood sexual abuse has shaped my faith and has made me a better servant to the gospel of Jesus Christ. The Lord has used the story of my faith journey to inspire others to open up about their individual experiences with sexual abuse and have led them to resuming their faith journeys.”

The call to mission, Michael said, “has been a long journey of wrestling with God.” For years, he planned to become a lawyer. “I had the grades and the experience to pursue this dream,” he explained, “but one day, the Lord completely removed this desire from my heart.” Driving through his childhood neighborhood, he realized that God did not call him to live an ordinary life.

“A crucial part to responding to this call to mission,” he said, “was that this was act of faith and service rather than a last resort that I was forced to accept. I was not going to go into ministry because I wanted to but because my faith called me to. No matter where God sends me, God’s will, still being perfect, will be done.”

Lauren Norton

Advance # 3022515

Global Mission Fellow/US-2 (2019-2021)

Motor City Wesley & Motown Mission in Detroit. 

Lauren Elizabeth Norton 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 on Aug. 23, 2019.

Born in Conyers, Georgia, Lauren is a member of Carrollton First United Methodist Church, North Georgia Annual Conference. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in early childhood education from the University of West Georgia, Carrollton. She has worked in the children’s ministry program and as an office assistant at her church, as well as in the food-service industry.

Active in church since eighth grade, Lauren said, “My faith truly kicked off during my sophomore year of college. Becoming involved in a local church taught me that life was never meant to be about me. It is about serving others. Through Carrollton First UMC, I have been given opportunities to connect with so many people and built life-changing relationships. My faith has become the most important part of my life, and I would not be where I am without the grace and love of God. Through the Global Mission Fellows program, I will continue to serve with people to help make disciples as I grow as a disciple. I truly believe that my calling in life is to act justly, love mercy and walk humbly with God.”

 

EMily Palm

Advance # 3022516

Global Mission Fellow (2020-2022)

NOAH Project, Detroit

Emily K. Palm 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 2020.  Emily is from Rockford, Illinois. She is a lifelong member of Christ United Methodist Church, Rockford, in the Northern Illinois Annual Conference. “I am passionate about missions and helping people in need,” Emily said. “I have experience working with youth and at-risk populations, as well as extensive mission work. When faced with stress or adversity, I have learned to use mindfulness, meditation and prayer, which have helped me to take care of myself better and, ultimately, become a better leader.”

Kathryn A. Sappington

Advance # 3022516

Global Mission Fellow/US-2 (2019-2021)

First United Methodist Church in Kalamazoo, MI

Kathryn Anne Sappington 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 on Aug. 23, 2019.

Born in Tupelo, Mississippi, Kathryn is a member of Rolling Fork United Methodist Church, Mississippi Annual Conference. She studied child development at Delta State University, Cleveland, Mississippi, and elementary education at Itawamba Community College, Fulton, Mississippi. She has worked as an intern, Delta State Wesley Foundation; a youth minister, St. Luke United Methodist Church, Cleveland; and a summer intern, Delta Grace, Sunflower, Mississippi.

Volunteering for community-outreach programs as a child and youth, Kathryn didn’t realize God was leading her into the future. “I thought I was just having fun,” she admitted. “Recently, I was praying about my future and pleading with God to show me what to do.”

YEO JIN YUN

Advance # 3022513

Global Mission Fellow/US-2 (2019-2021)

Methodist Federation for Social Action (MFSA) in Detroit, MI

Yeo Jin Yun 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 on Aug. 23, 2019.

Born in South Korea, Yeo Jin is a member of Grace-Bethel United Methodist Church, Leonia, New Jersey, Greater New Jersey Annual Conference. She holds Bachelor of Arts degrees in peace and conflict studies and in ethnic and area studies, with a concentration in Asian studies, from Messiah College, Grantham, Pennsylvania. She has worked as a research/development and marketing team member, MANE Concept, and as an English-language instructor, Campus Education.

“Raised in a Christian household,” Yeo Jin said, “I grew up with Jesus as a friend. Between the years singing ‘Jesus Loves Me’ in Sunday school and the years spent in meetings and in front of computer screens, my faith journey had its share of highs and lows.” Feeling unhappy and unfulfilled in her job after college, Yeo Jin had an opportunity to attend the 2018 United Methodist Women’s Assembly. “During those days in Columbus, Ohio,” she said, “I was instilled with a desire to live boldly for God. My heart undeniably heard the call. A month later, I resigned and began my application for Global Mission Fellows. Now, I’m filled with an uncharacteristically high amount of confidence and a genuine excitement for what God has in store for me.”

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."

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.

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.”

Temba Nkomozepi

General Advance #3022400

Serving at Mujila Falls Argicultural Centre in Kanyama, Zambia.

Temba Nkomozepi is a missionary with the United Methodist General Board of Global Ministries serving as an agriculturalist at Mujila Falls Agriculture Center in Kanyama, Zambia.   He was commissioned in October 2017.

Temba takes part in a range of agricultural, education, and health projects, as well as church growth and development. Mujila Falls raises essential crops, such as corn, and engages in small animal husbandry, cattle and goat milking, fruit culture, tree nurseries, fish culture, and research.

 

Mary Randall Mantor (RETIRED)

Mary Randall Mantor retired effective February 2019. 

The Michigan Conference is no longer receiving funds for this missionary. 

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Pierre Manya (RETIRED)

Pierre Manya retired.

The Michigan Conference is no longer receiving funds for this missionary. 

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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.

ADAM SHAW

General Advance #3021347

Serving as International Linkages Coordinator for Korea at the Asia Pacific Regional Office, based in Seoul, South Korea. 

Adam Shaw is a missionary with the General Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church serving as the International Linkages Coordinator for Korea at the Asia Pacific Regional Office, based in Seoul, South Korea. In light of the continuing Korean Conflict, he works with various churches and community organizations to further efforts for justice and peace, to seek ways toward community and healing, and build national networks to better understand each other.

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.

Mbwizu Ndjungu and Nkemba Ndjungu

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

Serving the Methodist Church of Belize

For the past 10 years Nkemba and Mbwizu Ndjungu have provided leadership in the Cameroon Initiative of The United Methodist Church. Now they leave Africa for service in Central America.

Nkemba reports in a recent email: “We have received a new assignment to serve as missionaries in Belize. We arrived September 10. The Methodist Church of Belize is part of The Methodist Church in the Caribbean and the Americas, composed of Belize, Honduras and Haiti. My task is supervising the work in the Stan Creek Circuit, to groom pastors spiritually. Mbwizu will serve as Director of Christian Education. Our prayer and hope is that you will continue to support us in this new adventure”

Kristen Brown

Kristen Brown is no longer a missionary with the General Board of Global Ministries of the United Methodist Church.

The Michigan Conference is no longer receiving funds for this missionary. 

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Mission Personnel In North America

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."