Missionary Ken Cruz visits conference churches to educate, advocate

October 06, 2017
Photo by the Rev. Travis K. Walker
United Methodist Missionary Ken Cruz speaks at Wiley United Methodist Church on Sept. 18 during his itineration through the Rocky Mountain Conference.
From Sept. 10 to 24, General Board of Global Ministries Missionary Kennedy (Ken) Cruz logged about 1,900 miles visiting churches in the Rocky Mountain Conference. Cruz and his family serve in Cambodia with the Community Health and Agriculture Development (CHAD). His work focuses on community organizing and resourcing. CHAD's programs include health care access, food security, income generation, holistic ministry and climate change resiliency.

During his visit, Cruz spoke at churches that have a covenant relationship with him. These churches provide him with financial, spiritual, and emotional support.

Lucille Peterson, of Friendship United Methodist Church in Craig, Colorado, said, "We found it especially interesting to hear about the rice bank. After some thought, it reminded me of the co-ops that some farmers belong to here in Colorado and probably other states, as well. Individual farmers can't afford to get their grain or produce to market, but if all the farmers take their grain and put it into grain silos then the grain can be loaded onto trains or large trucks to be sent to market."

"The care of the whole person in the work of CHAD in Cambodia made the strongest impression," said the Rev. Travis Walker, pastor of Wiley and McClave UMCs. "Recognizing that each person is made in the image of God and the work reflecting this belief shows their whole person approach in lifting people out of poverty."

Following his itineration through the Rocky Mountain Conference, Cruz traveled to the Yellowstone Conference to visit churches in Montana and Wyoming. Go online to view Cruz's full biography. You can also support Cruz financially with an online donation.

Learn more about the missionaries connected with the Rocky Mountain Conference.