Five Missionaries Connected with Yellowstone Conference

This article is taken from the  February 2016 Yellowstone Conference United Methodist Mission News.  Thank you, Sally McConnell, for this guest post!
Pray For Our Missionaries
Churches in Yellowstone Conference support five United Methodist Global Ministries missionaries. Churches begin a Covenant Relationship by establishing a financial goal of  $5 per member of your church per year.  Individuals can Covenant with a missionary for $500 per year. 
There are over 300 Global Ministries missionaries serving in over 60 countries that are available for support through a Covenant Relationship.  Individuals and churches can partner with a missionary and provide financial, spiritual, and emotional support. This partnership is much more than a financial commitment.  It is a dynamic relationship where the church and missionary pray for one another and communicate regularly.  When you Covenant with one missionary, you are supporting the entire United Methodist missionary community on their behalf and in their name.
Meet the missionaries connected with Yellowstone Conference:
Chin Cho:
is a missionary with the General Board of Global Ministries serving as the coordinator of the United Methodist Mission in Mongolia, based in Ulaanbaatar.
 
The Mongolia Mission is one of several recent mission initiatives of the church. It was launched in 2002 with a hospice ministry and has grown steadily and in 2015 included seven congregations, two children’s ministry centers, a detention ministry, and health services.  As the country coordinator, Chin oversees the several aspects of ministry, working with local Mongolian United Methodist leaders and other missionaries. He engages in the training of indigenous clergy, who study at the Mongolia Trinity Bible College, where he teaches Wesleyan studies.  Click here to read more about Chin Cho.
 
Ken Cruz: Serving with the Board of Global Ministries of the United Methodist Church, Kennedy (Ken) Cruz is in mission in Cambodia with the Community Health and Agriculture Development (CHAD) Program working as a Community Development Specialist.  Much of his work has been among the poor in organization of holistic community development and resource generation.  Click here to read more about Ken Cruz.  Click here to read the CHAD blog.
 
 
Kutela Katembo:
is a missionary with the General Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church, serving as agriculturist at Quessua Mission in the East Angola Annual Conference.
 
Quessua Mission, a historical center of Methodism in Angola, was almost totally destroyed in the three decades of civil war that finally ended in 2002. The facility, which includes a church, a school, dormitories, and a farm, is still recovering. Quessua aims to produce enough food to feed its students and community. Kutela Katembo also works with the annual conference in evolving a sustainable agriculture policy that can help to overcome hunger and poverty in the region.  Click here to read more about Kutela.
 
Ken Koome:
is a missionary of the General Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church assigned as the mission financial officer in the East Angola Annual Conference in Africa.
 
As financial officer, he is responsible for the delivery of mission funds to The United Methodist Church and its projects in East Angola, the keeping of accurate records, and providing support services to visiting Volunteer-In-Mission teams, church partners, and conference mission agencies. Angola experienced years of prolonged civil war, and only since 2002 has the church been able to engage in the significant rebuilding of ministries and facilities. The work includes the restoration of the Quéssua Mission Center, a theological education program, and care for orphans and vulnerable children.  Click here to read more about Ken.
 
Mark and Deidre Zimmerman:  Dr. Mark Zimmerman is a United Methodist missionary assigned to work in Kathmandu, Nepal, a predominantly Hindu country in the Himalayan region of Asia.
A medical doctor specializing in internal medicine, Mark has been working in Nepal since 1986 – initially as a hospital-based clinical doctor, later as medical director of Patan Hospital (1998-2005), and now as director of the Nick Simons Institute (NSI), an organization working in Nepal with a mission to train and support skilled, compassionate rural health care workers.  Click here to read more about Mark. 
 
Deirdre Zimmerman is a missionary with the General Board of Global Ministries of the United Methodist Church – in partnership with the Church Missionary Society of Ireland – serving with her husband, Dr. Mark Zimmerman, in Kathmandu, Nepal.
A nutritionist and dietitian by training, Deirdre was first assigned to work for United Mission to Nepal’s Nutrition Program, which addresses the problem of malnutrition in women and children through training and education. She now works as an advisor to Nutrition Promotion and Consultancy Services, an organization which is an offshoot of the previous Nutrition Program.  Click here to read more about Deidre.
 
The Zimmermans will be visiting YAC from July 5-17.  If you would like to host them at your church, please contact  Sally McConnell.
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Click here to get information how YOUR church can form a covenant relationship with one of these missionaries.