UMC Missionary Available for Final Round of Itineration
September 10, 2014
United Methodist Missionary Carol Partridge from Alameda’s Twin Towers UMC has announced her availability for a final round of itineration within the annual conference. After her itineration, she will be retiring. She has served the 13 United Methodist churches in Macedonia for 15 years as Director of Christian Education. She will be available for itineration visits in California-Nevada from November 19 through December 24, and from January 8 through 13.
If interested in a visit, contact Howard Parker, the Conference Secretary of Global Ministries, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (415) 261-7464. Her Sunday mornings are committed to her top supporting congregations, but there are other times available for churches or groups interested in a visit.
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Partridge first went to Macedonia as a Peace Corps Volunteer and served from 1997 to 1999. ”Even then, I felt the Holy Spirit was leading me,” she says. She connected with the UMC in Macedonia by attending services, making friends and even teaching Sunday School. “I was at home in the UMC in the States, so it felt like a welcoming place in Macedonia, too.” She returned to Macedonia as a missionary early in 2000.
“I love my work and I feel this is exactly the place God wants me to be. Being a missionary is even more fun and rewarding than being in the Peace Corps. A Macedonian teacher and I started a Saturday morning Bible class for neighborhood children. We knew it was a success when the children did not want to leave at the end of class.“
She works with all 13 of the UMC congregations in Macedonia, especially with children, youth and women. Her responsibilities include development of Sunday school materials in the Macedonian language; training Sunday school teachers and youth group leaders; teaching Bible classes and English classes and organizing summer programs, including Vacation Bible School and multiethnic youth camp. She helps with classes and seminars for women on such topics as health and wholeness and leadership development, and with ecumenical activities like World Day of Prayer.
Through articles and stories she writes, many of which are published by magazines and newspapers in the US and Western Europe, Partridge spreads the word about the UMC in Macedonia. She also participates in the church’s humanitarian outreach programs. Carol leads a monthly English language worship service in the UMC in Skopje, the capital of Macedonia. She writes and directs dramas that are presented by the children for Christmas, Easter and Mother’s Day and VBS.
She served as director of Christian education of Twin Towers United Methodist Church in Alameda, California, from 1993-96 and has been a writer of children's books, short stories and articles. In addition, she was editor and publisher of "Young Reader's Page," a Christian newsletter for children.
A native of Maine, she is a 1969 graduate of Colby College in Waterville with a B.A. degree in Latin. She earned an M.A. degree in English in 1995 and a TEFL (Teacher of English as a Foreign Language) certificate in 1996, both from Holy Names College in Oakland, California.)