Bishop, Cabinet Going to Cambodia and Seoul Korea

Bishop, Cabinet Going to Cambodia and Seoul Korea


Following the bishop and cabinet on this trip via their blog:

Bishop Jane Allen Middleton is headed on an international mission journey along with district superintendents: Rev. Denise Smartt Sears of Metropolitan, Rev. Elizabeth Ott of New York /Connecticut, Rev. Timothy Riss of Catskill Hudson, Rev. Kenneth Keiffer of Connecticut, Rev. Sungchan Kim of Long Island West; and Ross Williams, chief financial officer, Rev. Matthew Curry, director of Connectional Ministries, and myself.

Some of us have never traveled on a mission journey before, and some are very seasoned. Together we anticipate a very meaningful time. We ask for your prayers as we begin our journey on November 12.

One of the many highlights will be the dedication of Okroch Methodist chapel and the parsonage on Sunday, November 15.  Our itinerary also includes time for Bible study and fellowship at Raksmei and Samrath Methodist churches, to celebrate the women’s ministry Livelihood projects, gatherings with Cambodia Methodist Bible School students and members of the Phnom Penh Methodist Church. We will also tour the genocide museum and killing fields, and Angkor Wat, a temple complex that is the largest religious monument in the world and considered to be the seventh Wonder of the World.

Youth Ambassadors in Mission with
members of Okroch Methodist Church during
2010 trip to Cambodia.

The partnership between the Methodist Mission in Cambodia (MCC) and the New York Conference has existed for several years. In 2010, the conference funded the purchase of land in Okroch to build a church and parsonage after Rev. Romeo del Rosari, the director of MMC invited the NYAC Youth Ambassadors in Mission to worship at Okroch.  Since then the relationship has been blossoming, and will be strengthened during our visit.

We are also excited to participate in the naming of the chapel at the new Okroch Methodist Church in honor of Rev. Dr. Randolph Nugent. Nugent, an elder in the NYAC, served as the general secretary of the General Board of Global Ministries from 1981 to 2002 and appointed the first missionary to the Cambodia Mission.

After we leave Cambodia, we will visit Seoul Korea and be hosted by the Incheon Methodist Church for four days. There we will tour the demilitarized zone and the Appenzeller Museum, Korea's first western-style modern educational institution that was established in 1885 by the first Methodist missionary to Korea, Henry Appenzeller.

I invite you to join us on this mission journey with your prayers and to follow us on the conference’s web site, Facebook page and under the Twitter hashtag #nyacumc.

Rev. Joseph Ewoodzie
Team Leader
Conference Mission Coordinator

Okroch Methodist parsonage
Okroch Methodist Chapel