Homecoming for UMC Missionary

In celebration of her retirement, Connie DiLeo shared this message about her time as a UMC missionary: “The General Board of Global Ministries requires that their missionaries retire at the age of 70. Since I will turn 70 in June, I will be retired from the GBGM as of June 30th. It seems impossible that 17 years have passed since I left my home church Aldersgate UMC, Seminole, Florida, to follow God’s call to minister to the needs of children and youth in the Dominican Republic. I am sure there has been a time warp somewhere down the line as I still find it hard to believe that so many years have gone by.

I am most grateful to all the amazing churches that adopted me as one of their missionaries and have so faithfully supported me over all this time! Some have come and gone, but most have been with me the entire time. How blessed I am to have met so many new friends from Indiana, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and my home state of Florida.

I am so proud to have represented the United Methodist Church in its worldwide ministry. I am very thankful for the work of Community Partners, Inc. (COPA) which does amazing work with the schools in Bombita and La Hoya. I also count it a great privilege to have been used by God to be involved in a new church start in La Hoya. How I love this precious congregation, mostly made up of young adults who have a passion to reach the youth of their village. They will be in my prayers forever.

Please pray with me that the Iglésia Evangélica Dominicana will find the right person to send to this family of believers so they may continue to grow in their faith and in their ministries.”
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