For those of you interested in a wonderful mission presentation this summer, I wanted to let you know that Ellen Wicker Cummings will be in Mississippi July 19 – August 12, and I hope to arrange speaking opportunities for her. Although she is “retired,” she never retired from missions. Her work continues in South Sudan and Uganda.
I met Ellen Wicker Cummings at Maples 7 or 8 years ago when she was doing a South Sudan missions presentation for the district. At that time, she was Director of Missions at Baylake UMC in Virginia Beach, VA. We’ve kept in touch over the years, and she often spoken at Pleasant Hill when Dave and I were there. She is a MS native, even though she lives in Virginia Beach, VA. Roger Wicker is her brother, and her dad lives in Pontotoc.
She & Baylake have worked to provide schools & water wells in South Sudan. The wells are bore hole wells for a reason. There has been so much war over the years, and opposing sides threw bodies into the regular wells. Bore hole wells are much safer. Ellen also has been vital in the establishment of Abukloi (We Can), a non-profit to train teachers because there is a great need for education since war years meant at least a generation without education.
Ellen works with Methodists and others. She has participated in slave liberations even though the liberators were at risk of being killed or becoming slaves. She has worked months at Harvesters’ Orphanage in Terekeka. She has gone with others far into the Bush, and crossed through waist deep waters to share the gospel message with a lady who had never heard of Jesus. The lady knows Him now. She also sells beads and purses made by Methodist women in Jinja and Kampala, Uganda. The women in Kampala just struggle to support themselves and their families. The women in Jinja are able to do that and also provide support for missions helping women and children in the area.
If your church or mission group would like to meet with Ellen, hear her presentation, and have the chance to buy some East African beads to help Methodist Women in East Africa, please let me or Ellen know. I’ve copied her on this email so you will have her email address. Her cell phone number is: (757) 434-4301. My cell phone is: (901) 282-5883.
Thanks and blessings,