August 26, 2015
This Week’s Storyteller is…
Pamela Green, Ebenezer Miami
In January 2014, I participated in the World Methodist Evangelism Tour in Akwa Ibom, Nigeria, as a missioner from Candler School of Theology, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia. It was one of the most transformational ten days in my life.
I spent this time with Bishops and clergy from across Nigeria, of which there was a plethora of denominations represented. We discussed the ways in which the love of God is manifested in our cultures. We were then infused in several local worship services. I was able to preach in a local church and found that even with the difference in language, the word of God went forth. The Nigerian women seemed especially joyful to see a woman in the pulpit, and the men were also receptive. I was so taken by their service I texted my pastor, Rev. Dr. Joreatha M. Capers, immediately after the service about the fervor and excitement manifested in their worship. It was also amazing to see the reverence and respect given to their clergy by the members of their community.
I visited Cottage Hospital in Ukana and ministered to the women in the Women’s Surgical Ward. I was in awe that there were no fancy machines, monitors or IV poles to aid in their recovery as we have in America. When I asked our host, Bishop Sunday N. Onuoha, about this he responded, “they have learned to live with their pain and rely on God for healing.”
One of the most intriguing outcomes of this visit was a collaborative effort I initiated with Bishop Goodwin T. Umoette, whose Episcopal area includes Liberia, Ghana, Togo and Nigeria. We are currently working on an initiative which will enable persons from both continents to spend time in the USA or Africa for periods of reflection and learning about evangelism in other cultures. I firmly believe that this type of exchange will deepen our experience of God and better enable us to spread the word of God to all people in our increasingly pluralistic and global society.
Up Next Week…
The Florida Conference of The United Methodist Church
450 Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue
Lakeland, FL 33815
(863) 688-5563 or toll free (800) 282-8011