Today's post is by UM & Global blogmaster Dr. David W. Scott, Assistant Professor of Religion and Pieper Chair of Servant Leadership at Ripon College.
This story from Global Ministries talks about how a second generation Korean-American couple are serving as missionaries in Central Asia, helping grow The United Methodist Church's ministry there. The story struck me as presenting some of the advantages of the global nature of the UMC as well as its connections to other Methodist denominations around the world. Thanks to on-going ties to the independent Korean Methodist Church, the UMC's work among Korean immigrants and Korean-Americans has been strong, bearing fruit such as the Kim, the missionaries in the story. These missionaries are then helping United Methodism in Kazakhstan, including sending Kazakhs to Russia for theological education. Thus, the UMC's global ties bring together Korea, the US, Kazakhstan, and Russia into a global missionary partnership. Pretty cool, huh?