Connie “Cornelia” Wieck will speak at Shelbyville Fourth Street United Methodist Church, corner of Spruce and W.S. 4th, on Sunday, June 22. There will be a potluck meal at 5:30 p.m. with meat, drink and table service provided. Wieck will speak at 6:30 p.m.
Connie is a a native of Marshall and is commissioned as a missionary with the general board of Global Ministries and is in mainland China as an Amity Foundation English teacher.
The Amity Foundation, a United Methodist Advance Special, is a Chinese organization started by the initiative of Chinese Christians in 1985. It works in all areas of development for the Chinese People and Chinese Christians. Programs include rural development, health care, church-initiated projects, blindness prevention and education. Connie works in Amity’s education division as a college English language teacher in the developing area of the country. Teachers with Amity are place at Chinese teachers’ colleges to improve the language and teaching methodology of student s soon to enter the English teaching field. China now requires English language study from Grade 3 to high school, and is also for colleges and universities, thus the great need for well-qualified English teachers.
As a member of the christian faith, Connie is active in the Chinese Protestant church in the city, including being a choir member. Despite what many believe, the Chinese Christian church is open to all and services are held regularly without any interference from the government. As a UMGBGM missionary, Connie feels truly blesses to worship with Chinese Christians as a member of the community.