Bethany’s Global Mission Involvement encompasses support for two Global Mission Partners (Dominican Republic and Mujila Falls) as well work with the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) and the United Methodist campaign to Imagine No Malaria. We have also supported the work of David Makobo in Senegal.
Bethany United Methodist Church has supported the Gordon and Ardell Graners’ work for many years, and our relationship as a global mission partner continues with their assignment to the Dominican Republic. Gordon is working with church development, and Ardell is focusing on Christian education, especially Sunday School programs. They are also working with various church camps and Volunteer in Mission groups, as well as projects that address injustice and poverty in the Dominican Republic. Gordon and Ardell are also visiting projects such as ministries with a sugar cane plantation batey. A batey is a community of impoverished Haitians and Dominicans who live and work on the plantation and exist in deplorable conditions.
For updates and the latest news, visit the Graner Family website and blog.
March 2015 Newsletter
We are back in Santo Domingo. It is good to be with our colleagues from the Dominican Evangelical Church and join them once again in friendship and ministry. We arrived in time to attend the annual National Assembly of our partner church. We can only attend as observers but it helps us to understand the direction in which the church is headed. As missionaries we are both inside and outside the circle of leadership and often we feel awkward trying to find our place. We are not Dominican, we are not elected to any office, and yet we are seen by most as important persons because we are Americans and because we are representatives of a very large and significant church body, the UMC. We are in yet we are out. The truth is we do not fit, we will always be extranjeros (foreigners). We are welcome but as one welcomes a stranger, with reserve. But it is from this uneasy place, a place of humility that we are able to support and help to lead the mission of the Dominican Church. Read More…
Mujila Falls, Zambia
Paul Webster is a rural economic and development specialist, and co-directs the Mujila Falls Agriculture Center in northwest Zambia. At the farm, men and women of the Lunda tribe learn sustainable and appropriate methods to grow crops and manage livestock. People in a large area benefit from the eggs and plentiful food produced on the farm. Paul also provides support to the small Methodist churches in nearby villages by occasionally preaching and helping with church construction. For more information, visit the Mujila Falls Facebook page.