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St. Marks United Methodist Church
Monday, December 10, 2018

Our Missionaries

Cynthia Ceballos

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Cynthia D. (Cindy) Ceballos is a missionary with the General Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church serving since early 2012 as community health coordinator for a ministry linked to an emerging church in Punta Delgadita, located in the central region of Panama. A nurse, she was formerly medical ministries coordinator of the Honduras Mission, and she and her husband, David, also a missionary, earlier served in Barcelona, Spain.

The relatively new church in Punta Delgadita was started by the Evangelical Methodist Church of Panama in an urban enclave surrounded by poor rural communities near Santiago Veraguas. David is pastor and church developer in the region, which has relatively few Protestants. The congregation was chartered with 40 members and looks forward to growth supporting ministries in health and education, as well as evangelism.

In Honduras, Cindy coordinated a range of health ministries, many related to United Methodist congregations, and worked with volunteers in mission who came to provide medical and dental care.

Reflecting on her call to mission, Cindy explains that her efforts to build a career in the secular world became empty and unfulfilling. "God began to show me that I could use my grace gifts in building God's kingdom, the only way to fill the void." she says.

Born in New Mexico, Cindy earned her diploma in nursing from Methodist Hospital School of Nursing in Lubbock, Texas, and a BS in nursing from Lubbock Christian University. She worked in cardiac care and diabetes education at Methodist Hospital in Lubbock, and then for a pharmaceutical company, before beginning her service in mission.

Cindy and David are the parents of six adult children: Tanji, Randall, Sasha, Mike, Sophia, and Gabriel. Her church membership is with Amherst United Methodist Church in Amherst, Texas.

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David Ceballos

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Rev. David M. Ceballos is a missionary with the General Board of Global Ministries serving as a church developer with the Evangelical Methodist Church of Panama (IEMPA), specifically in the area of Punta Delgadita, near Santiago de Veraguas. He and his wife, Cindy, also a missionary, previously served in Honduras and Barcelona, Spain. They were assigned to Panama in early 2012.

The emerging church in Punta Delgadita was begun by IEMPA several years ago and now has some 40 members, a good beginning in a developing urban area with few Protestants out of a total population of 230,000. The congregation is the first for the IEMPA in the center region of Panama. While the new church is in an urban development, Punta Delgadita is surrounded by poor rural communities.

David provides leadership in evangelism, education, and social outreach as the congregation deepens its roots and extends its ministries. Dreams include the building of a sanctuary as well as a multi-purpose center for educational, vocational, and health programs for adults and youth.

An ordained elder of the Northwest Texas Annual Conference, where he grew up, David has served as a pastor both in Texas and Spain. He was in charge of the United Methodist Mission in Honduras.

"My call to mission came through participation in several Volunteers-in-Mission trips," David says. "I came to the realization that I could be most effective in cross-cultural ministry. I also came to the conviction that I would rather utilize my grace gifts where there is not an abundance of Christian resources."

He attended Pan American University (now University of Texas -- Pan American) in Edinburg, Texas, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science. He then received two master's degrees, one in theology and one in religious education, from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas.

David and Cindy are the parents of six adult children: Tanji, Randall, Sasha, Mike, Sophia, and Gabriel.

 

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