Wesley UMC will hold first mission fair
— Organizers of an upcoming Wesley United Methodist Church event are hoping to educate their fellow congregants and the greater community about what it means to be in the mission field.
The church will hold a free mission fair from 4 to
6 p. m. Saturday. The fair includes a praise and worship service and, weather permitting, a hot dog and potato chip picnic.
This event will inform people about missions — both local and overseas — and how to become involved or support a mission. There will be informational booths as well as folks who have been in the mission field themselves — like Mark Zimmerman, a missionary with the Global Ministries, which is a part of the United Methodist Church.
“It’s to maybe spark in somebody’s mind the idea ‘ Oh, OK, well mission is wider than what I thought. Mission is more local than what I thought. Oh, well maybe mission could about me doing fill in the blank,’” Zimmerman said.
At least 10 missionaries and local churches will set up tables with information on how to become involved with or support a mission. Local nonprofits The Paris Foundation and Cecil County’s Pregnancy Center will also have tables at the fair, said Tim Beardsley, pastor with the church.
This is the church’s first mission fair. Beardsley said Zimmerman sent him an email two months ago from Nepal about holding the event.
Zimmerman said he arrived in Elkton on Monday night with his wife, Deirdre, and their two sons as part of their home assignment. Home assignment is when a missionaries are assigned to specific locations for several months to meet members of the churches who have supported them or have been involved with them during their mission, Deirdre explained.
Their assignment includes the family coming back to the United States and Ireland every three to four years, Zimmerman said.
The church is scheduled to hold a fellowship meal on April 21 at 6 p. m. at the church, located at 41 Justice Way in Elkton.