Miss. Young Adult in Group of Mission Fellows Commissioned

9/9/2015

By Elliott Wright, from Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church
 

New York, NY, August 18—Thirty-seven young adults are spending most of August preparing in Zimbabwe for mission service around the world through The United Methodist Church.
 

They are from 16 countries and represent the 2015 class of international Global Mission Fellows, who spend two years in ministries focused on justice and community development. In July, 15 new Global Mission Fellows were commissioned for service in the United States. Global Mission Fellows is a program of the United Methodist General Board of Global Ministries and part of its Generation Transformation emphasis on young adults in mission.
 

The group undergoing orientation in Harare, Zimbabwe, will be commissioned on August 30 at the Revelation United Methodist Church there. Bishop Eben K. Nhiwatiwa, leader of the Zimbabwe Episcopal Area will preside. To be “commissioned” is to be designated by the church for a special purpose. Bishop John K. Yambasu of Sierra Leone, vice president of Global Ministries, will preach at the service.
 

Also to be commissioned is Innocent Phrytoil Afful, a global missionary from Ghana, who is coordinator for orphans and vulnerable children for the Churches of Christ in the Congo, an ecumenical ministry based in Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
 

Of the 37 young adults, the majority is from Africa and many will be placed in other parts of the vast continent, none in their home countries. Missionaries are by definition “sent” by God and the church to cross borders and boundaries in taking the good news of God’s love in Jesus Christ to all places.
 

Some of the new Global Mission Fellows will also work in Latin America and the Caribbean, Asia, and Europe. A dozen are graduates of Africa University, a pan-African institution related to the United Methodist Church in Mutare, Zimbabwe. Alumni of the university among the new Global Mission Fellows are from across Africa. Four of the international fellows are from the United States.
 

Work sites are truly international. Relinjoy Pabrua, who is from Manila in the Philippines, will be working with a community development project in Grenada in the West Indies; Wakili Albert Abbo from Jalingo, Nigeria with a new congregation in Dublin, Ireland; Evans Ndadzungira from Chimanimani, Zimbabwe with an environmental protection project in the Philippines; Kelsey Gatza from Chicago, Illinois, USA with a community-based ministry in Johannesburg, South Africa; Dorcas Samantha Ewoodzie from Accra, Ghana in an ecological program in Kenya; and Edwin Castillo from the Dominican Republic as a communicator in a medical service in Nicaragua. (See below for a full list of the fellows, including where they are from and will work.)
 

 “This is an exciting new venture in mission,” said the Rev. Dr. Judy Chung, Global Ministries’ associate general secretary for missionary services. “Global Mission Fellows is one expression of our Generation Transformation focus on young adults in mission. The young people leave their home environment, identify with a new community, and not only provide real assistance to their projects but also better equip themselves for leadership roles in church and society in the complex world in which we live.”
 

The United Methodist Church has organic units (regional “annual” conferences) in the United States, Eurasia, large parts of Africa, and the Philippines. It has mission partnership across Asia and Latin America/Caribbean, with personnel, projects, and partners in more than 125 countries. It has missionaries in 60 countries. U.S. immigration policy does not grant entrance visas to international short-term young adult missionaries.
 

The service of commissioning on August 30 will be videotaped for use throughout the churchThe service was developed with the assistance of the Rev. Dr. Beauty R. Maenzanise, dean of the faculty of theology at Africa University.
 

The young adults to be commissioned on August 30, their home church affiliation, and countries of service are:
 

Wakili Albert Abbo
Southern Nigeria Annual Conference
Placement: Ireland

Gracie Lynn Besse
Upper New York Annual Conference
Placement: Colombia

Shandirai Bwawa
East Zimbabwe Annual Conference 
Placement: Kenya

Edwin Castillo
Iglesia de Dios, Dominican Republic
Placement: Nicaragua

Charlotte Upenyu Chitambo
East Zimbabwe Annual Conference
Placement: TBD

Chamusa Mufwambwe Dan
South Congo Annual Conference
Placement: Côte d’Ivoire 

Nicodemus Doe
Liberia Annual Conference
Placement: Belgium

Abdallah Asumani Elie
South Congo Annual Conference
Placement: South Africa

Dorcas Samantha Ewoodzie
Methodist Church Ghana
Placement: Kenya

Kelsey Gatza
Northern Illinois Annual Conference
Placement: South Africa

Hilary Glover
Mississippi Annual Conference
Placement: Grenada 

Christopher Hamera
Malawi Provisional Annual Conference
Placement: TBD

Milton Ilovares
Iglesia Gran Comision, Honduras
Placement: TBD

Suleman Isa
Southern Nigeria Annual Conference
Placement: TBD

Taurai Jokonya
Eternal Word Ministries International, Pentecostal Church, Zimbabwe
Placement: TBD

Peter Karanja
East Africa Annual Conference
Placement: Germany

Victorine Kashala
South Congo Annual Conference
Placement: Brazil

Mavula Sabbath Kefas
Southern Nigeria Annual Conference
Placement: Germany

Henry Kibambe
North Katanga Episcopal Area
Placement: Philippines

Yves Kinangwa 
South Congo Annual Conference
Placement: Togo

Mary Kuronzwi
East Zimbabwe Annual Conference
Placement: Estonia

Merlin Metsla
Estonia Annual Conference
Placement: Brazil

Didier Monga wa Shakapanga 
South Congo Annual Conference
Placement: Côte d’Ivoire 

Richmore Mutenda 
East Zimbabwe Annual Conference
Placement: Philippines

Alick Mvula
The United Church of Zambia
Placement: TBD

Evans Ndadzungira
East Zimbabwe Annual Conference
Placement: Philippines

George Ndjungu
United Church of Canada, Montreal and Ottowa Annual Conference
Placement: Japan

Brenda Vimbainashe Nguwa 
East Zimbabwe Annual Conference
Placement: St. Lucia

Laura Nuñez Olaciregui
Seventh Presbyterian Church, Colombia
Placement: Hong Kong, SAR, P.R. of China

Relinjoy Pabrua
Philippines Annual Conference
Placement: Grenada 

Ndaie Lumbala Paul
Tanzania Annual Conference
Placement: South Africa

Severin Pelekara
Cameroon Mission Initiative
Placement: Brazil

Barbara Rogers
North Carolina Annual Conference
Placement: Russia

Jonathan T. H. Rose II
Liberia Annual Conference
Placement: Zimbabwe

Previous Sadadzi
East Zimbabwe Annual Conference
Placement: Germany

Hezekiah Yeng Samwini
The Methodist Church Ghana
Placement: Germany

Emmanuel Sann Jr.
Global Deliverance Ministry Inc., Pentecostal Church, Liberia
Placement: South Africa