Sara Flores is a missionary with the General Board of Global Ministries serving in church development and community ministries in Ecuador, working with the Evangelical United Methodist Church of Ecuador.
Sara was assigned to this ministry in Ecuador in 2011 after a term at Global Ministries’ headquarters as a regional executive for Latin America and the Caribbean. Her work in Ecuador places an emphasis on diaconal ministries, supporting congregations in the development of projects that respond to the prioritized needs of the congregations and communities. Her ministry includes working with the national office of the church in the planning and implementation of integrated ministries, the central goal of which is to strengthen and facilitate local leadership training.
Sara says, “I believe that an important role of missionaries in the 21st century is to strengthen our partner churches and their vision; they already have and are carrying out God’s mission. The Church in Ecuador is a new Methodist church and they have the passion and talent to grow. We need to help them with their needs and priorities and facilitate partnerships with other Methodists that want to be part of God’s global mission. In Ecuador, I see how pastors serve with all they have, and how hard it is for them to survive on little or no salary. I feel that we need to support them and their families; in this time of globalization, we need to globalize the hope and the dignity of these faithful servants.”
Born and raised in Bolivia, Sara holds a degree in Sciences of Education from the Universidad Mayor de San Simon in Cochabamba, Bolivia, and has completed post-graduate studies in both development and community health.
Her husband, Dakin Cook, is a retired Global Ministries missionary. The couple lives in Quito, Ecuador.
New Paltz United Methodist Church is in a Covenant Relationship with Sara, providing financial support and faithful prayers. You can support our relationship by donating to NPUMC (memo: Sara Flores Mission). Several of our members have had the opportunity to work with Sara in various capacities and Sara and Dakin have visited NPUMC twice since our relationship began. They have fellowshipped with us and provided updates and information on their current projects.