Sara Flores, GBGM missionary in Ecuador

Dear friends,

Gordy and I would like to introduce to you our good friend, Sara Flores. Sara is part of our United Methodist family serving with the Iglesia Evangélica Metodista Unida del Ecuador (Evangelical United Methodist Church of Ecuador) as a General Board of Global Ministries missionary.

As we retire, we were asked by the General Board of Global Ministries if there are any United Methodist missionaries that we would recommend to our covenant church supporters.  We wholeheartedly endorse Sara Flores as a candidate for you to consider. 

We have known Sara for 32 years.  We first met her when we moved to Cochabamba, Bolivia in 1989 and lived at the American Institute, a Methodist school started by missionaries in 1911.  Sara’s father worked at the school.  He and her mother were pillars in their local church, Emmanuel.  This was the Methodist church that we attended for three years while we were living on the grounds of the American Institute.   Sara was a young university student when we arrived. We came to know her as one of the wisest, kindest, and most deeply spiritual Christians we have ever met.

Sara Flores and Dakin Cook are United Methodist missionaries serving in Ecuador.

Sara married Dakin Cook in 2000. Together as United Methodist missionaries they served the church in Bolivia for 6 years and then the Methodist Church in Ecuador for the last 10 years.   Dakin just recently retired and now supports Sara who continues to serve the Evangelical United Methodist Church in Ecuador. 

Sara’s ministry is to support the work of the local Methodist churches in Ecuador:

  • The ministries with children and families as they organize, train leaders, and develop wholistic programs for children including Bible resources for Sunday Schools. 
  • With Volunteer-in-mission groups who come to learn and support the church in these ministries, especially to build new churches and facilities.
  • The development of disaster relief teams in training local leaders in the area of health and special projects for children and their families.
  • Pastoral support for pastors in theological training, emotional and spiritual accompaniment and fund raising for pastors salaries.

Sara shared with me her desire for the Church in Ecuador:

“As I accompany the mission in Ecuador, my desire is that the church will become strengthened and fortified. I feel especially passionate to support the pastors and lay leaders of the new churches, the indigenous churches and the churches that are serving in communities and neighborhoods of people with few economic resources.

I am passionate about strengthening the understanding and development of the wholistic mission of the Church, I greatly desire to see new churches develop ministries that give hope and are full of life, that bring the Good News and transform the lives of the neediest families; especially involving wholistic programs for children, women, and families.”

Thank you for your consideration of Sara for your covenant support.

Sara Flores: Advance Special # 13988Z

Ardell & Gordon Graner

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