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Chin Cho
Chin Cho is a missionary with the General Board of Global Ministries serving as the coordinator of the United Methodist Mission in Mongolia, based in Ulaanbaatar. He was commissioned in June 2015.

The Mongolia Mission is one of several recent mission initiatives of the church. It was launched in 2002 with a hospice ministry and has grown steadily and in 2015 included seven congregations, two of which had more than 200 members each; two children’s ministry centers, a detention ministry, and health services. Many of the church members are highly educated young people. As the country coordinator, Chin oversees the several aspects of ministry, working with local Mongolian United Methodist leaders and other missionaries. He engages in the training of indigenous clergy, who study at the Mongolia Trinity Bible College, where he teaches Wesleyan studies.

Chin is a citizen of the United States, born in Seoul, South Korea. His father, the Rev. Sung Cho, is a retired pastor in the Greater New Jersey Annual Conference and Chin is a local pastor appointed to extension ministry in that conference. He holds a Master of Divinity degree from Drew Theological Seminary, Madison, New Jersey. He also earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Rutgers University in New Brunswick. Chin is a member of Grace Korean United Methodist Church in Westwood, New Jersey.

While raised in a Christian home, Chin was 16 years of age when he experienced God in a personal way. “At a youth revival meeting, the speaker challenged students to recite John 3:16. I knew the verse well but that time it was different. John 3:16 came to me in a very new way: ‘God so loved ME….’ On that day, I experienced the love, peace, and joy of God in a deep and profound way.” In his mission, Chin seeks to introduce Christ to others. He is thankful for the Methodist missionaries who arrived in Korea in the late 19th century.

“God,” he says, “is calling all believers to share the message of hope and life with everyone, both near and far. It is my hope and desire to share God’s message of love with people who have less opportunity to hear about Jesus Christ.”

Chin and his wife Grace Cho have two children, Joseph and Hannah.
Belinda Forbes
Dr. Belinda Forbes is a missionary with the General Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church serving in Managua, Nicaragua with Acción Médica Cristiana (Christian Medical Action or AMC).

AMC is a Nicaraguan Christian ecumenical organization specializing in community health and development in impoverished rural communities, many of which are home to indigenous and afro-descendent populations.

As AMC’s international liaison for community health, Dr. Forbes serves God and the church by contributing to a community-based primary dental health program, mentoring volunteers, and interfacing with AMC’s international partner organizations.

Of her assignment, Dr. Forbes says, “AMC’s model for local empowerment allows my contribution to be long-lasting and sustainable. AMC has evolved from a clinically-based health organization into an agent for transformation, committed to building local capacity among families in the areas of health education and promotion, farming and nutrition, disaster prevention, HIV/AIDS prevention, clean water and sanitation, women’s health, and youth leadership. AMC’s successes are based on community participation and the values of faith and justice.” The health program is guided by AMC’s pastoral care commitments and is more than just a humanitarian response to need. The Christian principles that undergird AMC’s work reflect a living example of the Gospel teachings.

In her years as a missionary, Dr. Forbes has learned a great deal about the best ways to help persons and communities. She says, “Mission oriented to health and development is less about direct transfer of goods or knowledge and more about sharing, learning, and together implementing ideas that can enable God’s transformation of suffering to wellness. My role is to accompany my Nicaraguan brothers and sisters to reaffirm their trust and hope that God has a plan for their lives, and that they themselves can develop that plan. Outsiders can help, not by doing everything for the community, but by joining with the community on a journey toward life and wellbeing. I am also transformed through this process and become a better witness for Christ’s love in the world on behalf of the church that sends me.”

Dr. Forbes has served in various capacities since her arrival in Nicaragua in 1999 as a lay missionary. After working with the covenant relationship between the New England Conference and the Association of Iglesias de Cristo de Nicaragua, she was assigned by Global Ministries as a short-term innovative missionary, and was then commissioned in 1997 to serve with the Nicaraguan Council of Protestant Churches (CEPAD). Early in her service in Nicaragua, Dr. Forbes grew to know and respect AMC’s professional staff and its strong faith community. Her Global Ministries vocation assignment to AMC in 2000 was a natural transition after many years of collaboration in AMC’s strategies for health and education.

Born in Northern Ireland in the United Kingdom, Dr. Forbes was raised in Massachusetts. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in biology and Spanish from American International College in Springfield, Massachusetts and a DMD (Doctor of Dental Medicine) degree from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in Boston. Before her ministry in Nicaragua, Dr. Forbes was in private dental practice in Boston and participated in volunteer dental service. Originally an active member of her local United Methodist Church in Winthrop, Massachusetts, she is currently a member of Uncasville United Methodist Church in Connecticut.

Dr. Forbes is married to Gerardo Gutierrez, a medical doctor with a Master of Public Health, who is director of AMC’s community health program. They live in Managua with their two daughters.
Mozambique Initiative

Ashland UMC supports the Mozambique Initiative through providing an annual salary for the pastor of a Methodist congregation in Goxane, Mozambique. The work being done through the MI is a holistic model of partnership. Rather than the ministry being a one-way street, the focus is on mutual ministry in partnership with our brothers and sisters in Mozambique through the exchange of mutual gifts, talents, and cultures. 

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