David & Sarah Clemente
After having served in Taiwan for 15 years, the Clementes are currently U.S.-based missionaries serving Asia. Dr. David Clemente has worked for the Free Methodist Church since 1987 as a local church pastor, seminary professor, and cross-cultural missionary in the Philippines, USA, Taiwan, and Creative Access Asia Country-NP. As a member of the Asia Leadership Team, Dr. Clemente regularly travels to consult with pastors and supervise selected Asian leaders. He serves as the Asia area assistant director overseeing FMWM interests in the regions of the Philippines, Indonesia, and Oceania. Sarah’s additional vital role includes supporting the FMWM-Asia work as administrative assistant to the area director. David and Sarah have a vision of mobilizing partnerships and encouraging support for FMWM-Asia.Reproducible Bulletin Insert
Pray for:• wisdom and discernment as David teaches and leads different seminars around Asia
• travel safety
• FM churches in Asia as they continue to expand their vision for cross-cultural ministry and become vibrant witnesses to their local communities
• national church leaders from all our Asian countries
• Carmen and Jacob’s physical, emotional and spiritual growth
God intervened in our group discussions, personal reflections, teaching sessions, and many chit chats. God was there with us. I was in a three-day event, the Mission Training Conference 2022, here in Butuan City, Philippines. Darrell Whiteman was our main speaker. I assisted in some of the sessions. There were 66 of us, and 13 were cross cultural missionaries. The theme was: “Crossing Cultures With Jesus,” and sure enough Jesus visited with us. It was a fulfilling conference. Many testified of new revelations and deeper insights. “We will go back to the mission field full of encouragements, so much blessed...
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