Featured Missionaries

Mike & Anita James – Grace and Samuel
Wales

In 2005, Mike and Anita moved to The Netherlands where they served for 12 years doing primarily children’s ministry. They then served 3 years in the Europe Extension office in Springfield, Missouri training new missionaries who are preparing to go onto the mission field.

Mike and Anita currently serve in Wales, United Kingdom at a local church in Bedwas. They lead the children’s ministry in the church and are starting a monthly family outreach. They also work with Starfish Camps (called Royal Family Kids Camp in America), a camp for foster and at-risk children.

Mike and Anita have 2 children: Grace and Samuel. Grace is attending SAGU in Waxahachie, TX studying church leadership. Samuel is in primary school in Wales and is most likely telling people about dinosaurs.

Covering an area of 20,779 sq. km, Wales is a country located in the southwestern region of the United Kingdom. It is a mountainous country, where the central and northern parts of the country are dominated by the Cambrian Mountains, the southern parts by the Brecon Beacons, and the northwestern part by the Snowdonia mountains. Situated in the Gwynedd county in the Snowdonia National Park is Mount Snowdon, which rises to an elevation of 1,085m and is the highest point in Wales. Coal mining has been the chief economic activity since the 17th Century and now produces about 10% of Great Britain’s total coal production. Almost 80% of the land is used for agricultural activities and raising of livestock, particularly cattle and sheep, is more important than crop farming. Principal crops are barley, oats, potatoes, and hay. And, fishing is another important commercial activity.

Religion has played a significant role in shaping Welsh culture. In the latter part of the 18th Century many Welsh converted to Methodism after a revival movement in 1735. Methodists still constitute the largest religious group, followed by the Anglican Church (Church of England), and the Roman Catholic Church.

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