MISSIONS





BISHOPS' CRISIS RESPONSE FUND

A MESSAGE FROM OUR BISHOPS (LINDA ADAMS, KEITH COWART, MATT WHITEHEAD) 

 

Entering the season of Lent this year, the suffering of our world weighs heavily on all of us. In addition to the escalating war involving Russia and Ukraine, there are many countries where our Free Methodist members are experiencing unimaginable economic, political, Covid-related, and other hardships. In fact, several countries among our 100+ are embroiled in war. Please remember our global family in your daily prayers.

 

Since our statement earlier this week, several people have asked about sending care packages to Ukraine or neighboring countries where our churches are involved in relief work. Our leaders advise us that sending physical goods is costly and risky and would incur shipping and customs costs that could easily exceed the value of the items. The best way to help, besides praying, is to give to the Bishops' Crisis Response Fund and mark your donation “Ukraine.” Funds can be transferred to our partners, who are most appreciative.

 

We also have relied upon the wisdom of our leaders in Eastern Europe in carefully nuancing our statement so as not to jeopardize the safety of any of our personnel in Ukraine or Russia. Please continue to pray for peace and that our loved ones are protected from harm.

 

Together in concern and united in purpose.

 


MEET OUR MISSIONARIES:

CONNECTING WITH GOD'S HEART FOR THE WORLD

 

Chelsea Free Methodist Church financially and prayerfully alignes with the strategies of Free Methodist World Missions in the mission of making disciples by mobilizing the global church and empowering international leaders to establish transformational churches. When you give to the mission of our local church here in Chelsea, you are supporting the wider mission of the Free Methodist church world-wide. Follow the link to learn more Free Methodist World Missions:  https://fmwm.org/

MISSIONARIES TO HUNGARY

 

Larry Winckles serves as the Europe area administrator, working closely with Europe Area Director Josh Fajardo. In this role, he helps resource and equip the developing FM ministries on continental Europe. Larry also serves as president of the Hungarian Bread of Life Foundation and the Budapest mission team leader. Katie serves on the leadership team of the Budapest fellowship, facilitates women’s ministry programs, oversees a weekly English class offered free to the community and has a ministry of hospitality.


MISSIONARIES TO ASIA

 

Dr. Thom and Dr. Sherry Cahill work in spiritual formation and leadership development in Asia. They help recruit and schedule teachers for live Gethsemane Leadership Training modules — also scheduling themselves to teach in the topics of their giftedness! Other areas of service may include editing scripts and video for our video module initiative and developing modules for video discussion leaders and ministers’ spouses. 


 MISSIONARIES TO BULGARIA

 

The Galloways currently reside in Kyustendil, Bulgaria. Their primary ministry objective is to encourage, empower, teach, and train national leaders. They continue to work with church-planting initiatives throughout Bulgaria, North Macedonia, and Serbia, with 42 churches planted since 2015. Other involvement includes agricultural projects to teach farming techniques to provide food for the poor and elderly, and leadership in establishing the St. John’s Home, a safe house for female orphans at risk for human trafficking. Loving God, loving others and making disciples is the primary mission of their ministry. Dee Dee serves as the Regional Director for the Balkans.


MISSIONARIES TO BRAZIL

 

Dan and Hope have served in three regions of Brazil over the past 31 years starting churches and organizing conferences. Their ministry has included teaching Bible and Christian doctrine to church leaders, mentoring men and women in ministry, sharing the gospel, and discipling new believers. Over the last seven years, Dan and Hope have served in Brasilia, the nation's capital and fourth-largest metropolitan area in Brazil. During this period Hope edited a book of John Wesley writings in Portuguese. Dan engaged in reaching people for Christ through weekly visits to small businesses and through home meetings. They were also a part of a church planting team, mentored pastors in the region and teaching seminary courses to church leaders. The Brazilian church is calling Dan and Hope to a new opportunity. In February of 2020, they will move to Sao Paulo to help revitalize the main campus of the Free Methodist Bible seminary and to encourage a church planting movement throughout the country.