Charissa Bredow-Shawcros - #982983
Charissa Bredow Shawcross is a Church and Community Worker with the General Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church serving as Mission Interpreter in Residence for the denominationís North Central Jurisdiction, a position she assumed in late October 2012.
Mission Interpreters in Residence (MIIRs) are missionaries assigned to assist annual conferences, districts, and local churches in the United States to understand and participate in global mission. Their work has a particular focus on mission personnel, including support of missionaries through the Advance for Christ and His Church.
Charissa, a nurse practitioner, was previously engaged in health ministries in Detroit. Church and Community Workers serve communities on the economic and social margins in rural and urban areas. Learn more about Charissa!
Daniel and Rachel Gabler - #3627
Daniel Gabler is a missionary with the Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church serving with various aviation organizations in White River, South Africa. As an aircraft mechanic and pilot, Dan shares his gifts and skills enabling ZUMAT (Zululand Mission Air Transport) and Mercy Air in getting maintenance work done on their airplanes. Rachel Gabler is a missionary with the Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church sharing her gifts and skills serving with various aviation organizations in White River, South Africa. They call Ashland, Wisconsin, "home."
Ardell and Gordon Graner - #3633
Ardell and Gordon Graner are missionaries of the General Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church assigned to work in solidarity with the Bolivian Evangelical Methodist Church. The Graners, who most recently served as Missionary Interpreters in Residence for the North Central Jurisdiction of The United Methodist Church, were ἀrst assigned to Bolivia in 1989. Ardell co-directs the Thiu Rancho Project, a rural ministry located 20 miles outside the city of Cochabam-ba. The project was established in 1960 as a retreat center for Methodist youth and as an agricultural center. First assigned to the project in 1990, Ardell has worked to establish a rural Montessori school for 3-5 year old children from the local farming community, organized a library and after-school tutoring program, started a Sunday school and VBS program for children and worked with various agricultural programs including raising guinea pigs and bees. She also does the bulk of correspondence with supporting churches, family and friends, she says. Gordon directs the Thiu Rancho Project. Gordon has worked to rebuild and expand the retreat center, initiated an annual discipleship program for rural Methodist youth, and started a small dairy farm.
Ruth M. Ingulsrud Grubel - #3629
Ruth Grubel is a missionary with the General Board of Global Ministries, serving at the Kwansei Gakuin University in Nishinomiya, Japan where she teaches courses in politics, international affairs, peace studies and English, and assists with worship services.
Terry and Muriel Henderson - #3631
Terry Henderson is an agricultural missionary assigned to the Methodist Church of Mexico with his wife, Muriel, where they have served since 1972. As director of the "Give Ye Them to Eat" program, he oversees the work of this integrated development project which is sponsored jointly by the Methodist Church of Mexico and the United Methodist Church through the Advance program of the General Board of Global Ministries. Muriel Henderson is a United Methodist missionary assigned to the Methodist Church of Mexico with her husband, Terry, where they have served since 1972. Mrs. Henderson serves as program coordinator, fundraiser and teacher for "Give Ye Them To Eat." "The objective of this social outreach program," she says, "is to collaborate with village families in their effort to secure a better life within their own culture and communities. Villagers choose the development tools and training that will best fit their needs." She also organizes leadership training events in Christian Education in the Southeast Annual Conference of the Methodist Church of Mexico.
Priscilla Legay Jaiah - #013035Z
Rev. Jaiah is on study leave in the U.S. until December 31, 2008. Priscilla remains in missionary service and support throughout this new assignment for study in the U.S. Priscilla's assignment after her study leave will be in Liberia working directly with refugees returning to their homeland from Buduburam Refugee Camp in Ghana. She also provided an HIV/AIDS and drug awareness/prevention program in the Ghanaian schools and at the refugee camp. She recruited and trained youth to serve as peer counselors throughout the community, especially in schools and churches. "The difficult part of our mission was working with the refugees; our ministry was directed towards women, children and youth as our highest priority." Priscilla holds a B.A. from Gbarnga School of Theology in Liberia, a Master's degree in social work from Clark Atlanta University, and a M.Div. from the Interdenominational Theological Center, in Atlanta, GA. She has three daughters, Bendu and Massa, who are in college, and Ziluo who is with Priscilla.
Lahi and Yema Luhahi - #3612
Dr. Lahi Luhahi is a United Methodist missionary assigned along with his wife Yema by the General Board of Global Ministries to Kenya. Lahi is a professor of mathematics at the Kenya Methodist University (KEMU) in Meru and heads the two year-old academic Department of Business Administration (BBA). Yema Luhahi teaches full-time at the Maua Methodist Hospital Nursing School. She also teaches health-related courses at the Kenya Methodist University (KEMU) in Meru.
Sharon Millard - #775750
Sharon L. Millard is a deaconess with the General Board of Global Ministries of the United Methodist Church. She has been serving at the Red Bird Mission School in Beverly, KY, since 1996. Currently, Sharon teaches high school English, Bible History and arts appreciation courses, but she has also taught middle school at the Mission.
Tshala Mwengo - #150932
Betty Tshala - #151672
Tshala Mwengo is a missionary with the General Board of Global Ministries, serving as Director, Mujila Falls Agricultural Project, Zambia. He attended Africa University in Zimbabwe, studying agriculture. Tshala joined the staff of the Mujila Falls agricultural facility, working with missionary Paul Webster. Tshala Mwengo and his wife Betty have one young son, Tshala Lans. Betty Tshala, missionary with the General Board of Global Ministries, serves in the nutrition program with the Mujila Falls Project, Zambia, Africa. The Mujila Falls Project provides education that is accessible to people with limited income and education. Betty earned her degree in Nursing and Hospitality. Her post-graduate work was in Nursing Administration.
Mbwizu and Nkemba Ndjungu - #3616
On a one-year study leave as of June 20, 2007, the Ndjungus remain in missionary service and support throughout this new assignment for study, and we welcome your continued support for their vital mission and ministry through the Church. His ministries include evangeliza-tion and church growth. Her responsibilities include women's ministries, children's ministries and health programs.
Jack and Lora Short - #773967
Jack Short is a local pastor serving in the Red Bird Missionary Conference. Lora Short works for the Family and Community Ministries of the Red Bird Missionary Conference. The Red Bird Missionary Conference was formed in 1968 to unite the work of the former Evangelical United Brethren and Methodist Churches to facilitate their mission work in southeastern Ken-tucky. It is the most comprehensive mission effort of the United Methodist Church in terms of its outreach and service. For the last few years, a new trend has been emerging, people in the local churches are answering God's call to become pastors, but need additional support to what the Conference can supply them.
J. and T. Vang - #150742 and #150732
J. Vang (#150742) and her husband T. Vang (#150732) are missionaries to Laos. Rev. Vang coordinates all ministries within the United Methodist Mission: leadership and skills training, church leader training, laity/local pastor training, and Bible study. He works with many groups including Hmong and Lao. Projects include wells, health education and church building. Mrs. Vang works with women and children encouraging family health leadership and spiritual growth.
Paul Webster - #3640
Rev. Paul L. Webster, commissioned in 1992, is a missionary with the General Board of Global Ministries of the United Methodist Church serving at the Mujila Falls Agriculture Centre in Kanyama, Zambia. Paul's work as a rural economic development specialist serves the needs of poor, rural people. Projects promote major programs in education, health, sustainable and appropriate agriculture, community development, evangelism, and church construction. They strive to address community social, economic and health problems holistically.