This missionary will end service on April 30, 2021. The Advance number will remain active until December 31, 2021.
Alfeche Villanueva Warren is a Global Mission Fellow with the United Methodist General Board of Global Ministries, engaged in a two-year term of service. He was commissioned on July 28, 2019.
The Global Mission Fellows program takes young adults ages 20-30 out of their home environments and places them in new contexts for mission experience and service. The program has a strong emphasis on faith and justice. Global Mission Fellows become active parts of their new local communities. They connect the church in mission across cultural and geographical boundaries. They grow in personal and social holiness and become strong young leaders working to build just communities in a peaceful world.
Born in the Philippines, Alfeche attended Aurora United Methodist Church, Compostela Valley Province. He holds a Bachelor of Public Administration degree, majoring in local governance, from Budkidnon State University, Malaybalay, Philippines, and a Master of Divinity degree from Bishop Han Theological Seminary, Manila, Philippines. “I have been assigned in mission churches of East Mindanao Philippines Annual Conference for almost five consecutive years, two in rural areas and two in urban areas,” he said. These include Babak Mission, Cabadbaran Mission, Tungao Butuan Mission and Dankias Butuan Mission.
“I was tested and molded by difficult life experiences in the mission field, proclaiming the gospel of Christ, ordering the life and ministry of the church, and reaching out to the community, especially to those in the margins, to do risk-taking service together,” Alfeche said. “I thank the Lord for keeping the fire burning in my heart and the passion to do his will, to bring equality, peace and justice.” Working with an indigenous tribe in the highlands of Davao Del Norte, Philippines, challenged him “to connect the church in mission and reach out to people who really need our help and support,” he said. “Inclusiveness, despite differences of culture, belief, race and gender, is what counts most in my call to mission because it leads me to a deeper level of awareness and sensitivity of what is really happening in my community.”