Didier Monga wa Shakapanga is a missionary with the United Methodist General Board of Global Ministries serving as an advocate for young adult mission service at Global Ministries. He is a former Global Mission Fellow in Côte d’Ivoire and was commissioned to his present work in June 2018.
As a mission advocate, he promotes and interprets missionary service as a vocational choice for young adults, including the Global Mission Fellows program, which places persons between the ages of 20 and 30 for two years of service, usually in justice ministries. The advocates also encourage congregations, districts, and annual conferences to join in covenant support for young adult missionaries.
In Côte d’Ivoire from 2015 to 2017, Didier was a community advisor in the HIV/AIDS ministry for The United Methodist Church in that West African country. HIV/AIDS is one of the multiple challenges Ivoirians face, alongside other issues such as poverty, gender inequality, and human rights violations, as Côte d’Ivoire as continues to recover from years of civil war and still faces regional tensions.
Didier is from Lubumbashi in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where he was involved in the Jerusalem United Methodist Church. He holds a degree in agriculture and Natural resources from Africa University, a United Methodist-related institution in Zimbabwe. He has worked in the business sector.
Among the truths to which Didier holds is faithfulness to the word of God, constant praise of Jesus Christ, and forgiveness, including forgiveness of one another as God has forgiven us. His call to mission is strongly related to a sense of joy in serving others.