The Mission Society consecrates six missionaries to serve abroad


  Six missionaries have been consecrated by The Mission Society for service in Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean: Theresa Anderson of Phenix City, Ala.; Dave and Ellen Bartlett of Marietta; Natalie Brown of Youngstown, Ohio; and Johannes (John) and Lena Ebner of Germany.
     Dr. Robert Kwasi Aboagye-Mensah, past presiding bishop of the Methodist Church – Ghana, and a member of The Mission Society's board of directors, spoke during the Nov. 1 service at the Simpsonwood Retreat Center. In attendance were staff and board members of The Mission Society, along with family and friends of those consecrated.
     “Each of these missionaries has a special burden for a distinct region of the world, and God has gifted each with abilities to meet needs in the countries to which they are called,” said Dick McClain, president and CEO of The Mission Society. “They will be the hands, feet and compassionate heart of Christ in Peru, Ghana, Namibia and Haiti.”
      For the past year Anderson has served as an intern in Huancayo, Peru, through The Mission Society. She plans to return to Huancayo to provide ministry support wherever needed. She also will be working to develop strong relationships with women, young and old, who struggle with lost hopes and dreams.
    The Bartletts will join The Mission Society team in Ghana where they plan to start a recovery ministry for alcoholics and drug addicts and minister to the addicts’ families.  
     Brown is majoring in religion at Liberty University, Lynchburg, Va., and has been active in her community, working within her church and building relationships with the homeless population. She plans to minister in Haiti.
   Johannes (John) and Lena Ebner reside in Indiana where Johannes works as an engineer. Lena has a degree in elementary education and teaches English as a second language. The Ebners plan to join Travis and Lorna Curry at Children of Zion Village in Namibia.
   Founded in 1984 in the Wesleyan tradition, The Mission Society ( exists to mobilize and deploy the body of Christ globally to join Jesus in His mission, especially among the least-reached peoples.