Three United Methodist missionaries are being prevented from departing The Phillippines. Here are the names of the missionaries and their particular circumstances:
- Tawanda Chandiwana is a Global Mission Fellow for two years with Initiatives for Peace Mindanao (InPeace) in the Philippines. On May 8, 2018, Tawanda was detained for overstaying his visa, though he had initiated the process for an extension under a tourist visa.
- Miracle Osman Nkhata is a Global Mission Fellow engaged in a two-year term of service. Earlier this spring, the Bureau of Immigration withheld Miracle’s passport, restricting her ability to return to Malawi.
- Adam Shaw is a missionary serving as an International Linkages Coordinator assigned to the Save Our Schools, Protect Indigenous Life project based in Davao City, Mindanao, Philippines. Adam is ready to return home to the United States, but is unable to do so without approval to leave the country.
The Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church has launched a worldwide campaign against the treatment of three missionaries who have been denied permission to leave the Philippines. Please pray for Tawanda Chandiwana of Zimbabwe, Miracle Osman of Malawi and Adam Shaw of the United States. In addition, you can add your name to the more than 15,000 who have signed a petition calling on The Phillippine government to immediately release the missionaries. To sign the petition, please click here.
Update: Tawanda Chandiwana has been released and he has returned to Zimbabwe. Adam Shaw has been released and he has returned to the United States. At present, Miracle Osman Nkhata is still being detained. Please continue to pray for the release and safe return of Miracle to Malawi.