New Global Mission Fellows Ready to Serve

8/15/2016

Dring Mendoza is commissioned as a Global Mission Fellow of the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries during a service at Grace United Methodist Church in Atlanta. Praying over him are, from left: General Secretary Thomas Kemper, Bishop Woodie White and the Rev. Judy Chung.
Dring Mendoza is commissioned as a Global Mission Fellow of the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries during a service at Grace United Methodist Church in Atlanta. Praying over him are, from left: General Secretary Thomas Kemper, Bishop Woodie White and the Rev. Judy Chung. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS
 

Jesus Calls…Young United Methodist Missionaries Follow

From Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church

Atlanta, Ga., Aug. 3, 2016 — A revered church sanctuary heard new joyful noises on August 3 as The United Methodist Church welcomed 43 new young adult missionaries. Shouts and whistles echoed in the balcony of Grace Church, Atlanta, concluding the first commissioning (“sending”) of missionaries at what is now the denomination’s new world mission center.

The young men and women at Grace represent two-thirds of the 2016-2018 class of Global Mission Fellows of the United Methodist General Board of Global Ministries. Some 20 others will be commissioned in September at a service in Pochun, South Korea.

“O sing and honor Jesus…he’s calling my name…we’ll follow in faith…hey, hey, hey,” the missionary candidates and congregation called out in antiphonal response, using an Arapaho Chant, in colorful opening procession. Each young person carried a piece of cloth representing self, symbols laid on the church’s communion rail as they passed.

Newly commissioned Global Mission Fellows of the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries celebrate with officiants and those who helped train them following a service at Grace United Methodist Church in Atlanta.
Newly commissioned Global Mission Fellows of the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries celebrate with officiants and those who helped train them following a service at Grace United Methodist Church in Atlanta. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS

Sent into All the World

“I commission you to take the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ into all the world,” Bishop Woody White repeated as the 43 new Global Mission Fellows knelt one at a time to receive the “laying on of hands,” the symbol that the church is designating a person for special responsibility. The role of missionary is one of the oldest special designations in Christianity. Bishop White, who presided at the Grace service, is in retirement as bishop-in-residence at Emory University’s Candler School of Theology, Atlanta. The bishop was joined in the act of commissioning by Thomas Kemper, chief executive of Global Ministries, and the Rev. Dr. Judy Chung, director of the agency’s Missionary Service office.

Global Mission Fellows, who are between the ages of 20 and 30, serve two years in justice ministries scattered around the world. Those commissioned in Atlanta are from 11 countries including the United States, and 15 U.S. states. They will serve in 19 countries and illustrate the Global Ministries philosophy of mission “from everywhere to everywhere.”

Bishop White questioned the missionary candidates on their calling to mission service, asking, among other questions, “Do you believe you have been led by the Holy Spirit to do this work and all that comes with it?”

“I do,” the group responded, later, repeating in unison a covenant prayer, attributed to Methodist founder John Wesley, pledging to God, “I am no longer my own, but thine. Put me to what thou wilt, rank me with whom thou wilt.”

Go with Vision Made Clear by Jesus Christ

In the commissioning sermon, the Rev. Dr. Albert D. Mosley, president of Gammon Theological Seminary, Atlanta, challenged the young missionaries to go into a violent and confused world ready to have their vision always made clearer by Jesus Christ. Using the story of Jesus’ healing of a blind man in Mark 8:22-26 as his sermon text, the preacher urged the young missionaries to lean completely on Jesus as they serve those in need of transformation, even as they have depended on Jesus for their own transformation.

“God is in the corrective-vision business,” proclaimed Dr. Mosley.

“This is a wonderful day in the life of The United Methodist Church and Global Ministries, a fitting occasion for our first public service marking our agency’s move to Atlanta,” Kemper said in an interview following the commissioning. “It was so joyful, and that is a hallmark of Christian mission: joy in the promise of grace and love throughout the world.”

Global Ministries is moving into a connectional operation plan involving regional offices and a global center in Atlanta. Offices of the agency and its predecessors have been in New York City since 1819.

Newly commissioned Global Mission Fellows of the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries celebrate in song during a service at Grace United Methodist Church in Atlanta. From right are: Chasity Jones, Audra Hudson and Cristal Winu.
Newly commissioned Global Mission Fellows of the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries celebrate in song during a service at Grace United Methodist Church in Atlanta. From right are: Chasity Jones, Audra Hudson and Cristal Winu. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS

Anchor Crosses

Each new United Methodist missionary was vested with an Anchor Cross, representing a foundation in Jesus Christ and in the communities of service. Global Mission Fellows are deliberately placed in communities different from those from which they come. The objective, according to the Rev. Chung, is to link “the church in mission across cultural and geographical boundaries” and to provide opportunities for the young adult to “grow in personal and social holiness, becoming strong young leaders in the church’s work to build just communities in a peaceful world.”

There are annually two groups of Global Mission Fellows:, US-2s, who are from the U.S. and serve in that country, and international fellows, who can be from any country and assigned globally. The program operates in close association with affiliates and partners in both recruitment and placement. These collaborators include annual (regional) conferences, districts, denominational institutions, and autonomous Methodist churches around the world.

Global Ministries currently has some 350 missionaries in service around the world.

Those commissioned on Aug. 3 are listed below by category, name, home annual conference or denomination (if not United Methodist), place, and country of service.

Commissioned as Global Mission Fellows: International

YVONNE AGDUYENG
Pacific Northwest Annual Conference (USA) 
Placement: Community Development GMF, International and Migrant Ministries, Germany

SUSHI AU 
Overseas Chinese Mission Church, New York (USA) 
Placement: Outreach and Impact Program Assistant, Mission for Migrant Workers, Hong Kong (PRC)

CHIE BAUTISTA 
North Central Philippines Annual Conference
Placement: Teacher, Children’s Ministry, Southeast Asia

NOE CENAL 
Rizal Philippines Annual Conference 
Placement: Community Health Education Assistant, the Center of Hope, Mozambique

TAWANDA CHANDIWANA 
East Zimbabwe Annual Conference
Placement: Peace and Advocacy Associate, InPeace, Philippines

AMANDA CHERRY
North Alabama Annual Conference (USA) 
Placement: Migrant Ministries Coordinator, Methodist Church of Mexico (IMMAR), Mexico

AMANDA CHNG 
Chinese Annual Conference, Methodist Church in Singapore 
Placement: Youth and Children GMF, International and Migrant Ministries, Germany

RUT CHRISTY
Mennonite Church in Indonesia 
Placement: Program Coordinator, Wesleyan Sinnanen Foundation, South Korea

WAYNE COGAY 
Northeast Philippines Annual Conference 
Placement: Youth Worker, Methodist Church in the Caribbean and the Americas, Barbados

KING FABROS 
Northeast Luzon Philippines Annual Conference 
Placement: Recruitment and Graduate Outreach Coordinator, Asian Rural Institute, Japan

PRISCAH FISHO 
Eternal Word Ministries International Zimbabwe
Placement: Hope for Children Assistant, Pilgrim Wesleyan Church, Zambia

NAYARA GERVASIO 
National Baptist Church of Brazil 
Placement: Assistant to Pastoral Work on Migration, Salvadoran Lutheran Synod, El Salvador

NINA GUZMAN 
Rizal Philippines Annual Conference 
Placement: Children’s Worker, INSPIRE, Germany

ISABEL ICAZA WILLETTS 
Florida Annual Conference (USA) 
Placement: Women’s and Children’s Shelter Coordinator, Salvation Army of Tijuana, Mexico

ANANY KANDA 
South Congo Annual Conference (DR Congo) 
Placement: Social Educator, Shade and Fresh Water Project, Brazil

MURIVALU KAWEA 
Methodist Church in Fiji and Rotuma, Fiji 
Placement: Chaplain Assistant, Methodist Church in the Caribbean and the Americas, Barbados

ARSENE LUMAMI 
South Congo Annual Conference (DR Congo) 
Placement: Peace Educator, Border Peace School, DMZ, South Korea

GAD MAIGA 
East Africa Annual Conference (Kenya) 
Placement: Natural Resource Program Manager, Church of Christ in the Congo, DR Congo

EDMUND MAKOWA 
West Zimbabwe Annual Conference 
Placement: Agriculture and Food Production Trainer/Advisor, Community Health and Agricultural Development Program (CHAD), Cambodia

TRISHA MANNS 
North Georgia Annual Conference (USA) 
Placement: Justice, Peace, and Reunification Associate, National Council of Churches in Korea, South Korea

DRING MENDOZA 
Philippines Annual Conference Cavite 
Placement: Assistant Program Officer, the Council of Churches in Zambia, Zambia

BELLARMEE MILOSI 
South Congo Annual Conference (DR Congo) 
Placement: Development Worker, Kapatiran-Kaunlaran Foundation, Inc., Philippines

PETER MUZARAKUZA 
Heartfelt International Ministries, Zimbabwe 
Placement: HIV/AIDS Program Field Officer, Bwafwano Care Providers, Zambia

HYEIN OH 
Korean Methodist Church (South Korea) 
Placement: Youth Worker, Methodist Church in the Caribbean and the Americas, Barbados

JUNIOR REYES PACHECO 
Redeemed by Faith Church, Barranquilla, Colombia 
Placement: El Faro Mission Coordinator, Methodist Church of Mexico (IMMAR), Mexico

JOSEPH RUSS 
California-Pacific Annual Conference (USA) 
Placement: Junior Consultant in Interreligious Dialogue, World Council of Churches, Switzerland

ZVIKO SIMANGO 
East Zimbabwe Annual Conference 
Placement: Junior Consultant in Health and Healing, World Council of Churches, Switzerland

JONATHAN SMITH 
Florida Annual Conference (USA) 
Placement: Teacher, Asia

JESSICA STEWART 
North Georgia Annual Conference (USA) 
Placement: Community Mapping Specialist, Cape Town Bold Empowerment, South Africa

DUVAN VARGAS MARIN
The Colombia Methodist Church (Colombia) 
Placement: Student Ministry, St. John’s United Methodist Church, Lviv, Ukraine

LEAH WANDERA 
East Africa Annual Conference (Kenya) 
Placement: Gender and Advocacy Officer, Women’s Action and Support Center, Zimbabwe

CRISTAL WINU 
First Assembly of God, Waukesha, Wisconsin (USA) 
Placement: Junior Consultant in Just Community of Women and Men, World Council of Churches, Switzerland

Commissioned as Global Mission Fellows: US-2

QUITA COATES 
Baltimore-Washington Annual Conference
Placement: Justice Seminar Coordinator, Bridges, Waller Center, West Sacramento, California

ISAAC DUNN 
Central Texas Annual Conference 
Placement: Case Worker, NOAH Project, Detroit, Michigan

ERIN FREY 
West Michigan Annual Conference
Placement: Children’s Hunger Program Services Coordinator, United Methodist Community Ministries/ Suncoast, Gulf Central District, Florida

AUDRA HUDSON
Detroit Annual Conference 
Placement: Community Organizer, Tacoma Community House, Tacoma, Washington

CHASITY JONES
Church of the King, Louisiana
Placement: Organizing Intern, Faith Action Network, Seattle, Washington

TRESOR SELENGA KUMUGO 
Wisconsin Annual Conference 
Placement: TBD, United Methodist Community Ministries/Suncoast, Gulf Central District, Florida

MAGGIE LOHMEYER
Missouri Annual Conference
Placement: Field Coordinator, Jubilee Initiative, West Sacramento, California

KAYLA PLESS 
Manna Church, Fayetteville, North Carolina
Placement: Church Poverty Liaison, Restore Hope Ministries, Oklahoma

STEPHANIE QUAMMEN 
Oklahoma Annual Conference 
Placement: Serving Ministry Coordinator, Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church, Washington, D.C.

SYDNEY STANBERRY 
Word of Restoration International Church, Texas
Placement: ESOL Coordinator, United Methodist Community Ministries/Suncoast, Gulf Central District, Florida

RICK SULLIVAN 
Peninsula Delaware Annual Conference 
Placement: Associate for Community Engagement, American University, Washington, D.C.