This article originally appeared on Iglesia Metodist del Peru’s Facebook page. It has been translated and edited for content and clarity.
Two senior United Methodist leaders from the General Board of Global Ministries and Upper Room Ministries visited Lima on Monday 24 and Tuesday 25th of August to discuss the possibilities of establishing a joint Latin America office.
The Rev. Jorge Domingues, Brazilian Methodist pastor and Associate General Secretary of the General Board of Global Ministries of the United Methodist Church (UMC), and Sarah Wilke, world editor and publisher of Upper Room Ministries, met with leaders of the Methodist Church of Peru (Iglesia Metodista del Peru – IMP), to share visions and plans and see the forms of cooperation in the event that the institutions of the UMC choose Lima as the venue for Latin America.
The board of directors of the General Board of Global Ministries (GBGM), the missions agency of the UMC, decided in October 2014 to create a network of offices around the globe in coordination with its new headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia, under the slogan that “Mission today in the United Methodist Church is from everywhere to everywhere.” Subsequently, GBGM and the Upper Room began to explore the possibility of regional offices.
The first of the offices will be set in Latin America in the first quarter of 2016. Lima and Buenos Aires were chosen as possible locations after a process of consultation.
In addition to the meeting with leaders of the IMP, the program included a presentation of the skit “Women of Courage” (seven women in the life of Jesus, the Christ), starring the sisters Ana and Deborah Correa, as well as a visit to properties of the church that could serve as a regional headquarters.
The IMP was represented at the meeting by Bishop Samuel Aguilar; the president of the association of the IMP, Rev. Javier Ochoa Jara; the president of the National Commission of Programs, Rev. Carlos Gastelú; the president of the National Administrative Commission, Hno. Epifanio Santana; the National Treasurer, hno. Percy Cangahuala; the president of the theological seminary wesleyano, a doctor Dora channels; the president of the commission of property and infrastructure, Prof. Guillermo Yoshikawa; the president of the federation of women, sis. Light Landa; the National Coordinator of the program volunteers in action (provide), Hno. Luis Ruiz; the secretary of communications, Hno. Fernando Oshige and the Hno. Rafael Goto, from the team of support from the office of bishops.