Ricardo & Beth Gomez
Colombia – Latin America
“The Gómez family is based in Medellín, Colombia, where their ministry responsibilities are threefold. Locally, Dr. Ricardo and Beth work with a team of key leaders to develop an urban church planting initiative and open FM churches in Medellín. Nationally, they work with Director Libni Gasca to develop a similar initiative in strategic cities throughout Colombia. Internationally, Ricardo continues to assist with ordination of FM pastors and serves as a part-time, volunteer professor at the Seminario Bíbilico de Colombia, a nondenominational seminary training leaders.
Julie has had several roles at Kibogora Hospital. Currently, her goal is to help decrease the hospital’s infant mortality rate, focusing on education and mentoring for the nurses in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). In future phases she will work with nurse midwives at the hospital and then with community nurses. Julie also helps with the program for poor senior citizens in the community.
Eric & Virginia spangler
Eric and Virginia Spangler have been a part of the Free Methodist Family since 1990. Serving the local church, the Spanglers have cared for God’s people in two congregations in the midwest, and four congregations in the Pacific Northwest Conference. They have a home in Arlington, Washington, just north of Seattle. Eric grew up in north Idaho, and Virginia in Texas. They met while attending a discipleship training program and serving at a ministry in north Texas founded by the late Keith Green, who had significant impact
upon their hearts for the world. Eric’s heart was changed when he was invited to visit Asia for the first time. As of June 2014, the Spanglers made the transition to Career Missionary service, and Eric became the Asia Area Director. His three Priorities
- To oversee the FMWM missionary team in Asia;
- Partner with Asian national leaders to build and support strategies that will grow the church;
- Work to more purposefully connect FMC-Asia with the FMC-USA,
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Pioneer missionaries Frank and Hazel Adamson, coming from Burundi, established the first Free Methodist mission at Kibogora in 1942. A great revival broke out in the area within a few years, resulting in thousands of conversions. This revival was part of a larger movement known as the East Africa Revival. Medical work and an elementary school opened soon after the first missionaries arrived. Later a Bible school was started. The Rwanda conference developed an aggressive church-planting program and now has churches in every province of the country. In August 1985, Rwanda became a general conference.
In 1994 Rwanda’s ethnic conflict erupted in a period of genocide. Missionaries were evacuated. Hundreds of thousands lost their lives. Millions more fled to refugee camps in neighboring countries.