International Missions



 g Central United Methodist Church reaches out in Christian love and compassion to meet the needs of people in the United States and around the world by:

  • Providing financial support and volunteer assistance for numerous local agencies and national projects.
  • Sending work teams and ongoing financial support around the world to places like Bolivia, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Russia and the Dominican Republic.

For more information contact Rev. Julie Wilburn Peeler (828) 253-3316, ext. 1304.


Mission to Cambodia with Esther Gitobu
February 3 - 13th, 2017


Please prayerfully consider joining Central UMC and others across the Western North Carolina conference as we partner with Esther Gitobu, Central's missionary from the Global Board of Missions, in Cambodia February 3 - 13th, 2017. The cost of the trip is estimated around $2,500 - $2,800 (including airfare). Please attend our information session on December 11th for more details.


Here is a letter from Esther:


Dear Friends of Cambodia Mission,
Happy Thanksgiving holiday to all of you out there!
We, your sisters and brothers here in Cambodia present our heartfelt thanksgiving greetings and wish to inform you that our hearts are with you in prayer as you travel far and near to be with your lovely families and friends during this thanksgiving holiday.
As you gather around your thanksgiving dinner tables to share with families and friends about the goodness of God, we also remember with gratefulness your countless self-given support to the work of the church here in Cambodia. As you share the good news of new experiences and excitements with each other, please also remember to share the stories of the amazing love of God at work through your ministry with the Church in the Cambodia.  The impact of your generous support and sacrifices for our ministries are far reaching.
What a blessing! Our 69 girls  at Susannah Wesley dormitory at Samrath Church are able to attend the best high school in Cambodia because of your love for your neighbors near and far.  We continue to rejoice at the growth of this ministry that began with only 6 girls. We give thanks for 79 young people who have been enabled to go to college. Never in their wildest dreams did they ever think they  could go to college due to lack of resources to attain college education. The list goes on and on….We are indeed very, very grateful!
And yes, with just one week to go for the UMC #GivingTuesday, which is just around the corner, we ask you to join us again.  UMC #GivingTuesday is part of an international movement to extend the spirit of giving thanks into the Advent season. It offers an opportunity to start off the holiday season with giving instead of getting. “GIVE LIGHT. GIVE LOVE. GIVE LIFE.
We encourage you to continue to imagine how much more we can achieve together if you just consider giving a little more at the upcoming UMC #Giving Tuesday, which begins at 12:00 a.m. and ends at 11:59 p.m. Central Time on November 29, 2016, please consider supporting-: 
  1. Children and Youth Scholarship Advance # 3020791
  2. Esther Gitobu Covenant support Advance # 13959Z
  3. Susannah Wesley Dormitory for the Girls Advance # 3020791
On behalf of your sisters and brother in Cambodia, we thank you all as you continue to engage in mission to make the world a better place. We are honored to work with you and look forward to how God will continue to connect us in Ministry.
Together in His service!
Casa de Esperanza
March 10 - 20th, 2017


We will also be serving alongside the servants in the Yungas region of Bolivia at Casa de Esperanza (House of Hope) March 10 - 20th, 2017. Casa de Esperanza is an orphanage which approximately 80 children call home. As servants at Casa de Esperanza we would work to help with the infrastructure of the orphanage but also work with the children. There is always a need for those who have special skills in the fields of medicine, construction, art, ministry, etc. to serve. The cost of this trip is around $1,850 - $2,000 including airfare. For more information, go to: For the details on this trip, please come to the information session on December 11th.

Missions Gallery
A look into Central's international missions work,
Central UMC Missions Reflections


A Reflection from Ruth Hopkins


When I arrived in Ecuador my first impression and one that lasted the whole trip was the mind boggling beauty of this part of God's creation. From the grandeur of the snow capped mountains of the Andes, to the blue blue waters of a crater lake at 14,000 ft altitude, to the miles and miles of small farms that dot the green mountainsides - what a special country. Herds of sheep and llamas shared the narrow mountain roads as we travelled in our open air truck to visit schools and the 5 rural libraries established and maintained by R.E.A.D. - Rural Eduation Advancement & Development.


Our projects included painting the outside of the main library, new shelving for another, pruning flower beds (using children's scissors), presenting an inter-active astronomy lesson, organizing craft projects, sorting clothes for the big sale and catalogging new books. We attended programs where the students received awards for reading the most books and where parents and children expressed their gratitude to R.E.A.D. for the help (supplies, uniforms, transportation) they receive to continue their education.


One special project was to help a severely handicapped 5 year old boy become adjusted to using a wheelchair instead of having his mother carry him everywhere on her back.


The last two days we enjoyed some "tourist time" zip-lining, horseback riding, and waterfall tours in Los Banos which is the gateway to the Amazon. Then on to the beautiful capital city of Quito where we visited the Equator Museum (only Julie could balance an egg on a nail head) and the bustling crowded Central Market for souvenirs.


The lasting highlight of this trip will be the memory of the throngs of children with smiling faces crowded around us to shake our hands and wish us "Buenos Dias!!!" It was a wonderful opportunity to put my faith into action.


Educational Concerns for Hunger Organization (ECHO)


Since the early 1970's, an organization called ECHO (Educational Concerns for Hunger Organization) has operated ECHOLogoBlockGreenwithTaglinein North Fort Myers, Florida. ECHO networks with community leaders in developing countries to seek hunger solutions for families growing food under difficult conditions.


Their goal is to strengthen the ministry of missionaries, Peace Corp volunteers, development organizations and relief workers who work with small farmers in the developing world with new farming innovations and techniques. Central may have an opportunity to send a mission team to work on ECHO's farm in the summer of 2017.


Extensive information can be found about this vital ministry at Visit the site and learn about the fabulous Moringa Miracle Tree. If you have an interest in learning about how you and our church can get more involved, please contact Reverend Julie Wilburn Peeler, Elizabeth Devereaux or Jim Kuse.