United Methodists Launch New Missionary Recruitment Drive

The United Methodist Church launched an effort this week to recruit new long-term missionaries during a meeting of its international mission agency.

The effort, "The Next Missionary May be YOU," is looking to recruit at least 20 new international missionaries over two years, the United Methodist News Service reported after the conclusion of the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries’ Apr. 3-6 spring meeting.

"We are looking for missionaries in 2006 and 2007 for service in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, and Israel/Palestine," said the Rev. Edith Gleaves, who heads the board's mission personnel unit, according to UMNS.

"We need missionary pastors, educators, health and social workers, children and youth workers, administrators, and specialists in rural and construction ministries."