Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Mission: Bethlehem

This summer, the Hosier family will depart the U.S. for a two-year Individual Volunteer in Mission opportunity in the Middle East. Rev. Lenore Hosier, currently serving at St. Paul UMC in Chambersburg, will be appointed to extension ministry through the Susquehanna Conference. Lenore, her husband Rob and their fifteen-year-old daughter Rebecca will be going to the Bethlehem Bible College to work alongside of Rev. Alex and Brenda Awad, missionaries with the United Methodist General Board of Global Ministries serving the Bible College and a local, English-speaking church in Jerusalem. They will be living in the Bethlehem area, and Rebecca will be attending high school there.

Pastor Lenore went to the Holy Lands in 2006 as a seminary student and then returned two years later with GBGM as the Conference Mission Ambassador. Since then, Lenore has returned eight more times, and the rest of the family has been over many times, as well. They all have developed a love for the land and the people. In the next two years, they hope to learn the language and much about the culture as they serve Christ in this troubled part of the world.

Due to the increased unrest in the Middle East, visas have become even more difficult than usual to obtain for extended travel in Israel and the West Bank. If unable to acquire the needed visas, the Hosier family has been offered other options through GBGM serving in the extended connection through the worldwide Methodist Church. They remain open to serving as IVIM wherever God opens doors.

Those interested in learning more about the Hosier’s experience can contact Pastor Lenore at  The Hosier family is very interested in sharing first-hand stories and also in encouraging others of all ages to become involved as Volunteers in Mission, both short-term and long-term. Feel free to contact them for information. (From the website of the Susquehanna Conference of The United Methodist Church.)

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