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“Missionaries serve as agents of God’s transformation. They do not go and fix problems on behalf of others — they go to be in ministry with the local community. They go to learn, listen and serve as witnesses of God’s transforming grace and power.”

Judy Chung, executive director of Missionary Service for the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries

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Emily Bingham

Emily Bingham serves the CCO as Midwest Staff Director.

 

Emily spent her first few years on CCO staff reaching out to students at Lorain County Community College in partnership with Avon United Methodist Church.

 

“I believe college has the potential to be one of the most formative periods in a person’s life and faith,” says Emily. “College students are eager to be transformed and to transform their world, and powerful things happen when they are open to being transformed by Christ and participating in His plan to transform the world.”

 

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Miguel Mairena

Miguel Mairena is a missionary with the General Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church. Miguel and Nan McCurdy are beginning service with Give Ye Them to Eat (GYTTE) in Puebla, Mexico. Give Ye Them to Eat was founded in 1977, as a social outreach project of the Methodist Church of Mexico to combat hunger and poverty in the rural sector. The primary goal of “Give Ye Them to Eat” is to strengthen the capabilities of marginalized people and communities to meet their basic needs, and to determine and sustain a just and integrated development process so people can achieve the full promise and potential of their life as a child of God. Participatory methods and development tools are used to create conditions in which change can take place from within the communities. GYTTE uses people-centered approaches to development. It is through our various programs that this goal is achieved.

 

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Nan McCurdy

Nan McCurdy is a United Methodist missionary with the General Board of Global Ministries. She and her missionary husband, Miguel Mairena, begin service with Give Ye Them to Eat in Puebla, Mexico.

 

The purpose of “Give Ye Them to Eat” is to strengthen the capabilities of marginalized people and communities to meet their basic needs, and to determine and sustain a just and integrated development process.” They provide training in appropriate technologies, sustainable agriculture andhealth so that people can improve their lives. Their farm and training center is in Tlancualpican, which was at the center of September 2017 earthquake – many families lost homes. The staff provides training to make straw-bale homes that are cooler and more earthquake resistant than homes built with bricks or blocks.

 

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