COVID-19 Updates From FMS:

Last updated March 8, 2021


Dear FMS family,


Peace to you, as we cope together with this pandemic. We are praying for you and your loved ones, for those who are particularly vulnerable, and for all working together to end this crisis.

Our staff is in close contact with all the overseas lay missioners and domestic volunteers, who we have empowered to discern whether they will remain at their mission site or return with FMS-provided support. While the responses and severity of the outbreak vary by country, everyone in the immediate FMS family remains healthy and safe. We work with the missioners on a daily basis to ensure their safety in Jamaica, Bolivia, and the United States. 

What does the ministry of presence look like in a moment in which our physical presence with one another is limited? It’s a reminder of our connection as the Body of Christ and the reality that we do not stand alone. We are still the Church, spread out as we are. We still find sacredness in the present moment. We still stand in solidarity with the most vulnerable. We still celebrate with joy the many gifts in life and mourn with those who are suffering and grieving. We still walk in community with one another. 

We ask that you keep the missioners, volunteers, and vulnerable communities they accompany in your prayers. We, too, are praying for you. 


Elizabeth Hughes, Executive Director of FMS



  • Are you still sending people overseas and accepting applications?

  • If a missioner has returned to the United States due to coronavirus, is housing available for them?

  • Have staff transitioned to working remotely?

What you can do to help during this time:



Continue to follow along with FMS missioners and volunteers through the FMS blog series and social media accounts (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn). Read something that touched you? Send an email to, and we will share it with the appropriate missioner.

Keep up to date with each of our mission sites: Bolivia Jamaica US-Mexico Border Washington, DC



Please keep our overseas lay missioners and domestic volunteers in your prayers as we navigate these uncertain times.




FMS thrives because of the generosity of the FMS family, and we are more dependent upon your generosity than ever. If you are able, please join us in this ministry of justice and peace through your financial support. Truly, every gift (from $5 to $5,000) makes our work possible.