Wes­ley UMC will hold first mis­sion fair

Cecil Whig - - LOCAL - By BRI­ANNA SHEA

bshea@ce­cil­whig.com

— 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

ELK­TON

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.

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