Soraya de Arco grew up in Cali, Colombia, in South America. In 1992, Soraya married Rev. Edinson de Arco, a Methodist pastor, and helped to start a Methodist congregation in her hometown. Soraya earned two law degrees in Colombia and entered into family law practice. In 2000, she and her husband became missionaries with the Methodist Church in Panama, and two years later transferred to Hispanic/Latino ministry in South Carolina. They moved to Ohio in 2005. Soraya and her husband are the parents of three children: Nora, born in 1993; Andres, 1997; and EdySoraya, 1998.
Soraya is a missionary of The United Methodist Church, serving as a Church & Community Worker at Esperanza Viva ('Living Hope') Community Center in Hamilton, OH. Soraya is serving in ECLIPSE, a legal community institution that helps individuals and families in the community with immigration issues by assisting with legal information, resources and preparations of cases. For more information on ECLIPSE, click here.
How You Can Help
Like all United Methodist missionaries, Soraya is responsible for raising part of her own support - approximately $25,000 per year - through relationships with individuals, groups, and congregations. To support Soraya, you may donate on the West Ohio website by selecting her name from the drop-down menu on this page, or send a check to West Ohio Conference, 32 Wesley Blvd, Worthington, OH 43085, with 'Soraya de Arco, #3021137' in the Memo line.