Cashiers United Methodist Church
Tuesday, October 17, 2017
+ Christ has no hands but yours +

Missionaries

 
Cashiers United Methodist provides monthly financial support to three missionaries who are doing important work to spread the Good News around the world. 
 
Read more about them below.
 
 
Not long after Richard and Carolyn Johnson came to faith, they realized God was calling them to serve as missionaries in Mexico.  The Johnsons serve through an organization called UIM (United Indian Missions) which reaches the poor and underserved Native American communities of North America.  They help provide for the people's physical needs (by supporting well-building projects) as well as spiritual needs (by supporting theological education for indigenous pastors).  Their latest endeavor is rehabilitating a youth camp.
 
 Richard and Carolyn visiting in the US.
 
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With Zac and Hannah West, missionaries with Young Life to Tanzania, Africa back in the U.S.A., we have shifted our foreign missionary financial support to Dr. Alexander Kaminin.  Dr. Kaminin, a physician and United Methodist missionary in his native Russia, preaches in small rural villages in Russia.  He oversaw the building of the first rural Methodist Church in Russia which is just south of Moscow and close to the Ukraine border.  He is now able to have worship services, Bible studies, and other activities in a church building.  In addition to being a rural chaplain, Dr. Kaminin is the only doctor in the villages having to make mostly house calls.
 
 
 
Dr. Alexander Kaminin, pastor and doctor.
 
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Our longest ongoing support has been for Nancy Loveland in her work with Wycliffe Bible Translators.  After 25 years in the field, Nancy is now based out of Brevard where she can help care for her aging mother.  She continues to work for Wycliffe full-time, supporting their ongoing translation work among the numerous language groups in Mozambique.  We are blessed and fortunate to have a seasoned missionary so close, allowing Nancy to help lead children's programs and participate in worship leadership in Cashiers.
 
 
Nancy Loveland (standing) at a workshop in Tanzania. 
 
 
While not one of the three missionary teams to whom we provide ongoing support, we were blessed to have the Gitobu family as our special guests in June 2012.  Nicholas, Esther and their three daughters are from Kenya, but serve as United Methodist missionaries in Cambodia.  The Gitobus celebrated how Christianity is taking root among the people of Southeast Asia, in spite of great poverty and persecution, much as it did in the first century Mediterranean world.
 
 
The Gitobu family spent a couple days in Cashiers while they visited in the US.