Photo: Roque Facela

May 11, 2023 | ATLANTA

On Thursday, April 20, at Malanga United Methodist Church in Maputo, Mozambique, a new class of 18 Global Mission Fellows (GMF) were commissioned by The United Methodist Church for two years of mission service.

The Global Mission Fellows program allows young adults to live and work in new communities around the world, partnering with local organizations to address a variety of issues including migration/immigration, education, community development and poverty.

This cohort of fellows hails from 10 different countries and, collectively, will serve in 16 countries. Their type and place of assignment range from climate justice in Kenya to immigrants’ rights in the U.S.

Below, watch highlights of the service of commissioning and see a listing of each fellow’s home conference, place of assignment and link to Advance bio and giving information.

Global Mission Fellows: International

Hosea Wanniya Ado
Northern Nigeria Annual Conference
Placement: Ganta United Methodist Hospital, Liberia
Advance #3022707

Adolé Gloria Rébécca Akue
Salem Parish Methodist Church of Togo, Togo
Placement: Jerusalem UMC, Democratic Republic of Congo
Advance #3022697

Steven Chingadza
St. Michael & All Angels CCAP Church, Malawi
Placement: Bishop Judith Craig Orphanage Home, Liberia
Advance #3022708

Jolainne Andrea Thowinson De Hoyos
Lazos de Amor Mariano Church, Colombia
Placement: Junta Unida de Misiones, Argentina
Advance #3022677

Elizabeth Birhan Kiros Dishman
Holston Annual Conference
Placement: Bethanien Diakonissen Stiftung, Germany
Advance #3022676

Qutee Gbadeh Freeman
Liberia Annual Conference
Placement: International Leadership Institute of Southern Africa (ILISA), Zambia.
Advance #3022685

Heath Lee Jackson
Oklahoma Annual Conference
Placement: Northfield Methodist Church, South Africa
Advance #3022684

Momodu Syl Josiah
Sierra Leone Annual Conference
Placement: Pan African Climate Justice Alliance, Kenya
Advance #3022690

Rose Kaisi
East Zimbabwe Annual Conference
Placement: Northfield Methodist Church, South Africa
Advance #3022693

Mary Grace Maliday Luna
East Mindanao Philippines Annual Conference
Placement: Evangelical United Methodist Church of Ecuador, Ecuador
Advance #3022679

Priscille Hassa Malandji
South Congo Annual Conference
Placement: Koinonia, São Paulo, Brazil
Advance #3022686

Camille Bianca Manangan
Quezon City Philippines Annual Conference East
Placement: Northwest Methodist Mission, Ireland
Advance #3022657

Chiedza Purity Mubaiwa
West Zimbabwe Annual Conference
Placement: Cameroon Association for the Protection and Education of the Child (CAPEC), Cameroon
Advance #3022692

Jack Kitwa Mujinga
East Zimbabwe Annual Conference
Placement: Senegal District, of the Côte d´Ivoire Episcopal Area, Senegal
Advance #3022703

Mari Ellyzsa Echon Valencia
Augusta Korean American Methodist Church, U.S.
Placement: Methodist Church in the Caribbean and the Americas, South Caribbean District, Barbados
Advance #3022700

Sam Ntamb Yav
South Congo Annual Conference
Placement: Green Scenery, Sierra Leone
Advance #3022688

Ruel Jade Lucas Zaldivar
Philippines Central Conference
Placement: Surf Project, Ireland
Advance #3022681

Global Mission Fellows: US-2

Reagan Lyn Page
Oklahoma Annual Conference
Placement: Northwest Immigrant Rights Project in Seattle, U.S.
Advance #3022698