Osias Segura-Guzman is a missionary with the General Board of Global Ministries of the United Methodist Church working with new churches in Central America, especially the Evangelical Methodist Church of Nicaragua and the United Methodist Mission in Honduras. He assists pastors and lay leaders in the development of a network of accountable leaders for small groups, facilitates training, helps to create small-group teaching resources, and strategizes with local leaders on ways to promote church growth.
Desiree L. Segura-April is also a missionary with the General Board of Global Ministries of the United Methodist Church serving as a resource person for the Children at Risk Ministries of the Evangelical Methodist Church of Nicaragua. This church is an outgrowth of several streams of mission work in the Central American country. Many participants are children and efforts are underway to expand ministries for children both in the churches and the larger communities.
World Communion Sunday, one of six church-wide special Sundays of the United Methodist Church (UMC), is always celebrated on the first Sunday in October. Moneys collected provide scholarships for U.S. ethnic-minority students and international students whose programs of study are directly responsive to UMC mission work addressing the elimination of poverty, global health, congregational development and leadership development within the church and community.
World Communion Sunday Offering is divided as follows:
50% - Crusade Scholarship Program
35% - Ethnic Minority Scholarship Program
15% - Ethnic Minority In-Service Training Program