Jonathan Daniel McCurley

Florida native, Jonathan Daniel McCurley, serves as a missionary with the General Board of Global Ministries of the United Methodist Church.  Jonathan and his wife, Satomi, live in northern Japan where Jonathan works as a community life coordinator at the ecumenical Asian Rural Institute (ARI).  The institute is rooted in the love of Jesus Christ.

The ARI trains rural leaders for lives of sharing and work in grassroots communities, primarily in Asia, Africa and the Pacific region.  It emphasizes sustainable agriculture, sound ecological practices, leadership development and community development.  Since 1973, ARI has trained more than 1,000 women and men from more than 50 countries throughout the region.  Always strong, the relationship between Global Ministries and ARI has intensified in the aftermath of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami that devastated parts of the area.

Jonathan and Satomi recently had to say goodbye to 28 participants from 19 countries throughout Africa and Asia who completed training in leadership development, community development, and sustainable agriculture at ARI.  Three especially close friends are United Methodists who returned to their home countries of Liberia, Zimbabwe and Laos to put into practice what they have learned.

Jonathan is a candidate for elder's orders in the Florida Annual Conference.  The McCurleys will return to the United States for home assignment this month.  Read Jonathan's blog:  www.proverbs169@wordpress.com.