Chacha, Zacheus

Country: Germany
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Serving At: Juze Espirito-Bethanien Diakonissen-Stiftung
Home Country: Kenya

Zacheus Chacha 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. 

Zacheus is involved at First United Methodist Church, Moheto, as praise and worship leader and pianist and serves as secretary and youth president for the Kenya/Ethiopia Annual Conference. 

A member of First UMC since 2000, he has worked in various areas in the congregation, gaining spiritual nourishment and development. “I have grown through reading the Bible, attending prayer sessions and engaging in teachings concerning the word of God,” Mwita said. 

After earning a certificate in higher education teaching at Msomi Teachers Training College, Migori County, Zacheus taught at Father Antony Pagani Primary School and at International Vision Academy, both in Nairobi. 

“I was a member and secretary of Msomi Media and Journalism in college,” Mwita said. “We published the school magazine and produced news on every assembly day.” As a Global Mission Fellow, he hopes to use his journalism skills to write and publish information about programs in his placement area.

Zacheus feels called to serve children and young people. “I would like to reach out to youth of different categories, denominations, races and countries,” he noted. “I would like to share my experience on what I have encountered in my profession as a teacher.” 

He has gained rich experience, along with a greater understanding and appreciation for children of diverse backgrounds. “Most of the children have different stories to tell,” Zacheus said. “Some stories are touching to an extent you may wish to continue listening.”

The students sometimes share glimpses into their home lives. 

“One time,” he recalled, “a child came complaining of her parents who were in disagreement. The child would come to school late without finishing the home assignment, and this raised an alarm among the teachers.” The staff contacted the child’s parents, talked to them and began addressing the situation. 

One of Zacheus’ aspirations is to advise, nurture and encourage youth to become responsible adults.