Reverend Rhett Thompson is a Board of Global Ministries United Methodist missionary assigned to the Republic of Panama, serving as pastor of an Evangelical Methodist Church in Panama City. In addition to his pastoral duties, Rev. Thompson has coordinated efforts of the church to strengthen its outreach into the surrounding low-income neighborhood through a day-care program and other projects. Rhett also serves as the National Coordinator of Volunteers in Mission Program in Panama, helping mission teams from the UMC in the selection of projects as well as with all of the logistical details involved. Projects include construction and medical services.
In recent years Rhett has been involved in the development of a comprehensive rural health project which serves the Ngobe indians, who are the poorest of the poor in Panama. This project includes the provision of potable water, adult literacy classes, community organization, and pre-school education for the Ngobe children.
Rhett also participates in the Camping Ministry Team which is developing a camping ministry that emphasizes making disciples through small groups. The team is designing and directing the construction of a new camp ideally suited for that ministry.
Will and Ella Faircloth have worked with the Evangelical Methodist Church of Costa Rica since 2004. Will is a professor at the Methodist Seminary in San Jose, teaching a variety of classes ranging from the Old and New Testaments to Methodist history, worship and liturgy. Meanwhile, Ella is heavily involved with the local church and plans the activities for the Los Guido children‘s center, which they visit each Saturday to share Christ’s love with children in this impoverished neighborhood. For the past two years, the couple has been working on the construction of a Methodist Children’s Home to minister to children who have been declared legally abandoned.
“We‘re excited to partner with churches like AUMC, ones that already have such a passion for missions and such an awareness of serving the Body of Christ around the world,” Will explains. “Local congregations such as these are truly our partners in ministry, supporting us with their gifts, their prayers, and their presence through work teams. They are a great cloud of witnesses that constantly remind us of the Father’s generosity, the Son‘s humility and the Spirit’s energy.”