First Methodist Grapevine supports a number of missionaries on a regular basis. The majority of our missionary funding goes to Kenya and Costa Rica.
Ray and Lidia Zirkel
Costa RicaIn 1995, the Zirkels were invited by Dr. Luis Palomo, Bishop, to minister with the Methodist Church in Costa Rica. Ray is an ordained elder in the Methodist Church and serves as a professor at the Evangelical Methodist Seminary. In addition, Ray is a member of the Board of Directors of the Methodist High School and Elementary School; and, he helps to plant and develop local congregations. In 2006, the Zirkels sensed the Lord leading them to an additional area of ministry focused on bringing the Good News and love of Christ to abandoned and orphaned children in Costa Rica. Today, the “Hogar Metodista” is a fully operational Children’s Home with 10 children currently living on the campus where Lidia serves as the general director. With the assistance of the 20 to 25 short-term Missionary Teams the Zirkels host each year, the plan is to continue expanding the ministry of the Children’s Home to reach a population of nearly 60 children in the coming years.
Today, the Zirkel’s call and vision for the people of Costa Rica continues to grow. It is their prayer that you would become Partner’s in Ministry with them through your prayers, financial gifts, and participation on a short-term Missionary Team.
J.B.C. SJO #1441
P.O. Box 025240
Miami, FL 33102-5240
Kenyan EvangelistsWhen Bishop Muriuki originally visited us, he expressed the great need for sponsorships for native Kenyan evangelists. Since then, we have sponsored a number of evangelists for three year periods.