Camarce, Helen- #13953Z
Helen de Leon Camarce is a missionary with the General Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church currently serving as treasurer of the agency's Cambodia and Southeast Asia Missions. Helen provides support services for the missionary communities, local church partners, episcopal leaders, an expanding number of clergy, and denominational interests. A native of Malate, Manila in the Philippines, Helen earned a bachelor of science degree in commerce from the Technological Institute of the Philippines, also in Manila. She worked in exporting and in the travel industry before going to work for the church. Believing in good stewardship and good management of church resources, Helen says, "A good Christian must learn to manage God's blessings by being transparent, honest, and always with a thankful heart. I know that monies coming from our sisters and brothers are hard earned, and I want to make our programs and agencies aware of such."
Gabler, Daniel & Rachel - #12939Z & 12940Z
Daniel Gabler serves 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 shares her gifts and skills serving with various aviation organizations in White River, South Africa. They call Ashland, Wisconsin "home."
Gibson, William H. (Jr.) & Gwendolyn L. - #3654 & #3655
William (Bill) H. Gibson, Jr. and his wife Gwen both work the United Methodist Mission in Senegal, where he as serves as mission director and she as an early childhood education specialist. The Senegal church, a formal United Methodist Mission, was registered by the government in 1995, and is now engaged in organizing congregations and equipping pastors. Bill has taught Sunday school, led Disciple Bible studies, worked on church fundraising drives, participated in the Emmaus community, supported UMCOR campaigns, taken part in CROP Walks Against Hunger, and chaired numerous church and district committees. His motto for life is, "Loving God is Loving People." Gwen focus is on early childhood education, and she holds a Master's degree in child development from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and a Bachelor of Science degree from Knoxville College (Tennessee) in sociology.
Graner, Ardell & Gordon - #10836Z & 10835Z
Gordon and Ardell Graner work with the General Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church in the area of church development with the Iglesia Evangélica Dominicana (Evangelical Church in the Dominican Republic). Gordon has has extensive training in agriculture, which started during his time during high school when his mother married a farmer. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural/Animal Science from North Dakota State University in Fargo, and a Master of Arts degree in Religion, (evangelism and mission) from Asbury Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky plus a certificate in urban ministry from North Park Seminary in Chicago. Ardell works in the area of Christian education within the united denomination that brings together churches started by Methodist, Presbyterian, Moravian, and Wesleyan missionaries, and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Horticulture from North Dakota State University in Fargo plus a Master of Education at the University of Minnesota.
Ingulsrud Grubel, Ruth M. - #12189Z
Ruth Grubel serves as 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. She is a former associate professor at University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, and a former coordinator for the International Studies Program and past academic coordinator for World Affairs Seminar. She also was the Fulbright Lecturer at Hiroshima University, Japan. As the daughter of missionaries in Japan, Ruth graduated from high school at Nagoya International School, Nagoya, Japan, and then attended Indiana University and earned a BA in liberal studies. She later attended University of Nebraska, Lincoln, and obtained an MA and a Ph.D. in political science. Ruth is married to Michael Grubel, who is with Habitat for Humanity in Japan, and has two sons.
Kies, Larry & Jane - #3647 & #3646
Larry and Jane Kies are both based in Mutare, Zimbabwe, in southern Africa, and work with the General Board of Global Ministries where he serves as technical advisor to the Africa University Farm, and she is with the General Board of Global Ministries teaching Intensive English to students from non-English-speaking countries at Africa University. Africa University is a United Methodist Church-related institution that is being nurtured and funded by church members from all over the world. Larry's duties involve working with the farm manager to develop an agricultural program that makes the university farm more efficient in its roles of teaching and research. In addition, he is involved in student agricultural practicals, and teaches classes in crop production and farm management. Jane has worked a great deal with children and youth, and has been involved in developing student groups, teaching English at a mission's high school, and working with women to establish a Sunday school for children.
Makobo, David - Advance #12594A
David Makobo is serving as a Specialist in Agriculture in Senegal. David has his B.S. and Masters in Agriculture from the African University in Zimbabwe. After graduation, he returned home to the Congo to become the founding Dean of the School of Agriculture at Katanga University. Always wanting to be an African missionary to Africans, he is excited about being appointed to Senegal.
Mwengo, Tshala - #150932 & Betty Tshala - #151672
Note: It is with deep great sadness that we report that Tshala Mwengo died April 9, 2014 from injuries sustained in a bus accident.
Tshala Mwengo serves 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 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.
Ndjungu, Mbwizu and Nkemba - #3616 & #3717
On a one-year study leave as of June 20, 2007, the Ndjungus remain in missionary service and support throughout this assignment for study, and we welcome your continued support for their vital mission and ministry through the Church. His ministries include evangelization and church growth. Her responsibilities include women's ministries, children's ministries and health programs..
Park, Hyo-Won - #3021822
The Rev. Hyo-Won Park serves as a new church planter in St. Petersburg, Russia. 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. One of the area's objectives is to start and develop congregations that can become self-sufficient within the United Methodist connectional system. Hyo-Won is a native of Seoul, Korea, where he earned his degree in theology from Methodist Theological University. He served as a small church pastor and also as a military chaplain in a mountainous area in the DMZ (Demilitarized Zone) separating North and South Korea. He then studied in Germany and then went to Russia on behalf of the Korea Methodist Church and engaged in mission work in St. Petersburg. After five years, he was invited to take a pastoral charge in the Wisconsin Annual Conference in the United States.
Raasch, Sandra - #3650
A missionary with the General Board of Global Ministries UMC serving as coordinator of medical and environmental ministries of the Honduras Mission, Central America. Sandra Raasch serves as coordinator of medical and environmental ministries of the Honduras Mission. Her role involves coordinating volunteer teams from the United States who work alongside local persons in both physical and spiritual healing ministries, and who seek out solutions to medical and environmental health needs. One objective is to equip Hondurans for leadership in all expressions of the church. Sandra helps Volunteer-In-Mission teams select places of greatest need in keeping with the priorities of the Honduras Mission. She serves as liaison between the teams and the Ministry of Health of Honduras in such matters as getting temporary licenses for medical practice.
Webster, Paul - #111865Z
Rev. Paul L. Webster, commissioned in 1992 serves 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.