Before the incorporation of our denomination, Richard Allen established the Free African Society as a means of assuring that those in need were provided for. Sarah Allen was instrumental in seeing that those who preached the Gospel were physically equipped to do so. Only two years after our incorporation, Daniel Coker carried the Good News to West Africa.
William Paul Quinn braved the winds of racial prejudice to expound the mission of the church beyond the Appalachian Mountains. Henry McNeal Turner and Mangena M. Mokone collaborated to bring the banner of African Methodism to Southern Africa. Christine Smith and Lucy Hughes laid the foundation for the Women’s Missionary Society that is now respected around the world for its work.
The story of African Methodism chronicles two hundred years of mission witness, and the Department of Global Witness and Ministry has been faithful to that tradition over the last four years.
During the past Quadrennium, we have traveled the world to assure that the church touches the world with the tangible Gospel. From our response to the Ebola epidemic that ravaged Africa to our response to flooding in the United States, we have been active and involved in bringing hope, consolation and material assistance. We have done so in collaboration with others in the Methodist family circle, with other minded denominations and with non-governmental organizations. We have done in ways that was fiscally accountable and that displayed the strength of our Zion.
I offer heartfelt thanks to all of those who have support our work through your prayers, presence, encouragement and material support. Your commitment has been invaluable in touching lives and making mission possible.
When Jesus sent His disciples out as workers to the harvest field, He did so because, as Matthew 9:36 says, “When He saw the crowds, He had compassion on them because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.” Today’s world is still populated by those who are harassed and helpless and who need the assistance of the church. Don’t ever feel you’re too good to help someone else; remember Jesus has already set the example for us.
I give thanks to God that we have been able to offer that assistance as a Church for the last two hundred years and as a Department of the Church over the last four years. We seek your continued prayers and support, so that we can begin our 3rd Century poised to do new things for the cause of mission. May God’s grace and peace be with you.
Dr. George Francis Flowers