This person is a candidate for the GMF-INT’L Track and is expected to be confirmed by October 31, 2022.
Carlito Germais Alberto is an International Global Mission Fellow with the United Methodist General Board of Global Ministries, engaged in a two-year term of service.
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.
Carlito is a member of Quéssua Central United Methodist Church, Malanje, Angola, related to the Eastern Angola Annual Conference. He describes himself as an evangelist, liturgist, choir singer, preacher, Sunday school teacher and assistant pastor. Carlito holds a Bachelor of Science degree in divinity from Africa University, Mutare, Zimbabwe.
Called to be a missionary as an adolescent, Carlito emigrated from his home in Province Lunda-North in Angola to study at Quéssua Mission in Malanje Province. Interning for five years, he gained insight into Genesis 12:1-3. “God called Abraham and promised him to be the father of all nations. [He said] whoever blessed him God would bless and whoever cursed him God would curse.
“This simple biblical passage motivated my faith to apply for missionary work,” Carlito said. Kutela Katembo, a missionary of the General Board of Global Ministries, encouraged the young man to apply for the Global Mission Fellows Program.
Dr. Leonardo Garcia Salgado, a Cuban missionary of GBGM, was serving as a pastor at Quéssua Central UMC. “He called me ‘Jeremiah,’” Carlito recalled, “because it is my middle name and the name of my grandfather who was a pastor. At the time, I was recommended in my district to study high school at Quéssua College of The United Methodist Church. Rev. Garcia Salgado appointed me in Manga Chapel as chaplain, while I was only 17 years old.” Offering Carlito a Bible, Garcia Salgado told him that God was calling him to serve and to preach the gospel to the ends of the earth (Matthew 28:19-20).
“I decided to study theology to be a pastor and to mature my knowledge and faith,” Carlito said. “My spiritual growth is mostly based on my dedication to prayer, attending services in the chapel during the week and meditation on the Holy Scriptures.” His roles include deputy chaplain and deputy director of evangelism of the local church.
1 Peter 2:9, Carlito said, “serves as a basis for my faith’s spiritual life and growth. It helps me to accept the invitation to apply for missionary work.”
Doing his field education at Quéssua Central UMC, Carlito earned an “A.” He also studied intensive English as a foreign or second language to Portuguese speakers and was recognized for his achievement in that course.
Being a Global Mission Fellow, he said, “will help me to continue sharing Christ’s gospel by sharing God´s love with others. It will be helpful to continue giving many contributions to Christ’s ministry because is also the act of evangelization to serve The United Methodist Church in the world.”
Carlito will work with children and teens, ages 6 to 14, when they are not in school. The Shade and Fresh Water Project offers an educational environment, sports, recreation and Christian education. Carlito will focus on dance, theater, computer laboratories and intensive English instruction.