A Mission Message from Bishop Willimon


Through our program of connectional giving (apportionments) the North Alabama Conference supports a number of missionaries in various places of need around the world. One of our most effective mission leaders is John Funk, a missionary with the Board of Global Ministries who serves in Rio Colorado, Bolivia, as Director of the Rio Colorado Technical Agricultural High School. After a career as a school teacher and successful business manager in the computer industry, Mr. Funk was called by God to lead in mission work in our church. A Walk to Emmaus and participation in a community Bible study triggered his decision to take the missionary pathway. John and his wife, Suzanne, also a commissioned missionary, met at US Space Camp in Alabama and have lived for some years in Madison. They are members of our Good Shepherd Church.

John is struggling with a serious illness that requires regular and expensive trips back to the US for treatments. His salary as our missionary does not meet the costs of these treatments. Many of our churches support John and Suzanne in their work and many of you have worked with them in Bolivia as short term volunteer missionaries.

I knew that you would want to know about their current challenges, that you would put them in your prayers, and that you might want to contribute to their medical costs. Please send your gifts to our Conference Treasurer Scott Selman at 898 Arkadelphia Road, Birmingham, AL 35204. Make your check out to the North Alabama Conference and mark it “John Funk.”

Thanks to all of you, and may you have a blessed Advent.
Will Willimon

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