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    First Methodist Grapevine supports a number of missionaries on a regular basis. The majority of our missionary funding goes to Kenya and Costa Rica.


    Latest Update - Spring 2015 (pdf)

    Ray and Lidia Zirkel

    Costa Rica

    In 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
    Tel./Fax: 281-385-9068


    ESUMC Prague

    Prague, Czech Republic

    Rev. Michelle McKinnon-Young and her husband Gary Young serve at the English Speaking United Methodist Church (ESUMC) in Prague. Michelle is on special appointment from the Holston Conference of the United Methodist Church in Tennessee. Gary is a classically-trained pianist and supports the ministry with his musical and managerial talents. The ESUMC conducts worship in English, teaches English classes, conducts Bible studies, and hosts ministries for students, moms and children. Their outreach focuses both on internationals living in Prague, and on locals who wish to learn English.

    In June 2014, Michelle and Gary will move back to the states, to be replaced at ESUMC by John and Denise Redmond and their two children, Eli and Ada. The Redmonds are former parishoners at Cherokee UMC in City, TN. Gary and Michelle will continue their work at First United Methodist in Bristol, TN. John and Denise arrive in in Prague in August.

    28.Pluku 15, 101 00 Prague 10-Vršovice, Czech Republic

    Kenyan Evangelists

    When 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.

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