David & Jill Sweet
David and Jill Sweet were appointed as missionaries to Bulgaria in January 2016. David will assist at the Petrich Community Center in organizing a sport / recreational league and in the discipleship of league leaders. Jill will manage accounts for mission projects, micro-enterprise and new livelihood groups. Both David and Jill will assist, if needed, with St. John’s Home as teachers, trainers or house parents, as well as host and cover logistics for teams coming to serve in Bulgaria. David will graduate from Spring Arbor University (Spring Arbor, MI) in the spring of 2017 with a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Recreation Leisure Management. Jill is an accounting professional with experience in public, non-profit, private and international accounting. The Sweets’ projected departure for the field is in the summer of 2017, dependent on raising adequate funds.

Taylor & Katelyn Shockey
The Shockey’s, who call JFM their home church, moved from Michigan this past year to Bangkok, the heart of Thailand.  Taylor serves as a middle school physical education teacher at International Community School (ICS). He also coaches the boy’s varsity volleyball team. ICS is a Christian school seeking to reach the lost Thai and international community, while providing a high quality education. ICS also supports missionaries and their children by providing affordable education. When not with their son Everett, Katelyn coordinates and teaches English classes through partnering with Bangkok Youth with a Mission (YWAM). YWAM houses twenty-two college age girls from various northern hill tribes here in Thailand. Katelyn has the opportunity to teach English weekly in order to provide better job opportunities for these girls that come from very disadvantaged backgrounds.

Roger and Deborah Varland

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Glenn and Wendy Lorenz
The Lorenz family has been invited to participate in developing leaders within the church in Central America.   We have also been asked to assist in the development of pastoral leaders throughout Central America, particularly in Nicaragua, and in the recently created Shoreline district (a non-geographic association structured around the surfing community whose epicenter is located on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica. 

The goal of Free Methodist World Missions in Latin America is to fuel and sustain a biblical movement to reach Latin Americans for Christ. This will happen by:

1.      Empowering and coaching national leaders to multiply disciples, groups, leaders, and churches

2.      Catalyzing initiatives and partnerships to plant clusters of churches in strategic cities

3.      Creating appropriate structures and sustainable systems to encourage and support the exponential growth of the Church

We will be working with a church planting model called Community Church Planting (CCP)  to help catalyze healthy church planting, as well as resourcing national church leaders as they implement healthy training and ordination processes.