|Director of Global Missions Icel Rodriguez on a recent trip to Angola.|
A new blog covering every kind of mission of interest to members of the Florida Conference has recently been launched and Icel Rodriguez, director of Global Missions, predicts it will definitely enhance the work of missions.
Rodriguez has personal knowledge of the mission field and its challenges. She and her husband spent part of 2010 in Angola as part of her work at the conference. Her 21-year-old daughter Amanda Bosch joined them as a volunteer, and the experience changed her from a college grad with an arts degree to an aspiring nurse. Sharing inspiring experiences such as this is part of what Rodriguez hopes will light the fire under would-be mission workers.
“In the office, we realized that we rarely hear from our missionaries---that they don’t have a way to get the word out. We understood that we needed a venue where they could post their letters from the field, so this blog will address that in a positive way,” said Rodriguez
The blog also contains reports from short term teams, allowing them to share their experiences as they go out into the field and when they return. “This is a unique way to advertise and promote conference- wide opportunities so people can consider their options,” she said.
“I hope people will use this information and become inspired to be part of a mission, in whatever way God leads them…it’s amazing what our short term teams have done,” she said
Check out the Florida Conference's website: the Global Missions blog for mission opportunities for individual volunteers or teams to serve overseas, updates from missionaries serving all over the world, testimonials of transformation through short term mission service and words of encouragement.
Global Mission initiatives include: Methodists United in Prayer (formerly Cuba/Florida Covenant), East Angola/Florida Partnership, Haiti/Florida Covenant, United Methodist Volunteers in Mission, Missionaries, and Advances.