This person is a candidate for the GMF INT’L Track and is expected to be confirmed by October 31, 2023.
Yu-Ting Chiu 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.
Yu-Ting is a member of the Methodist Church in the Republic of China in Mu-Zha. “I became a youth deacon two years after I was baptized,” she said, “and participated in the discussion and communication of different ministries of the church.”
She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism at Shih Hsin University, Taipei, Taiwan. She worked for Eastern Broadcasting Co. Ltd.
In her resume, Yu-Ting described herself as a television news reporter with background in digital media, able to use current communication methods and tools to inform about current events and communicate effectively with different audiences, specifically young people. “I am able to quickly integrate media resources and skills, and use the power of media to convey relevant and hot issues affecting society such as justice, health care and environmental problems,” she wrote.
Although Yu-Ting initially felt God’s call to work in the media, she became disillusioned with the current “superficial and unmeaningful” environment. “I don’t think this is what God wants me to continue doing going forward,” she said.
Recent contact with friends from other countries, especially Europe and America, made Yu-Ting aware of her limited worldview.
“In a society that only values job titles and salary in determining success,” she said, “this creates a world of competition to be the best. When everyone is competing with each other to be the best, there is less importance attached to the idea of supporting and helping others. I think if I continue to stay in Taiwan, I would not be able to grow, develop and learn more about my purpose in life and how I can serve God better.”
She expressed enthusiasm for Global Mission Fellows.
“Having the opportunity to experience what local people face in their lives will help me in my personal growth,” Yu-Ting said. “I want to go out of my comfort zone and challenge myself. Only by living with locals will I see firsthand how God is working in their lives and what the presence of Jesus is like in those places.
“I hope to share my experience and talents with others and learn from them,” she added. “I hope to bring out the true love of Jesus and let the local residents experience Jesus together in fellowship. At the same time, I also hope to use what I learn to help spread the omnipresent love of Jesus.”